Compression boots use compressed air to massage your legs, mobilize fluid, and speed recovery, these boots feel like a deep pressure, relaxing massage to your legs. Initially feeling like a blood pressure cuff around your foot, the boots inflate and relax in segments to mimic the natural muscle pump of the body to mobilise waste products and enhance lymphatic drainage.
Benefits of Compression Boots?
There have been multiple research studies investigating the benefits of compression therapy and in particular compression boots on health, wellbeing and performance. Research has lead to finding NormaTec may help to
- Improve circulation
- Enhance lymphatic drainage
- Remove waste products including lactic acid
- Improve range of movement and flexibility
- Decrease recovery time
- Allow your to train harder quicker
- Relax and unwind
- Increase flexibility and joint range of motion
- Enhance the benefits of your float and cryotherapy session
Why use Compression Boots?
1. Faster and More Efficient Recovery
The targeted nature of compression recovery boots allows for increased blood flow to individual areas of the leg. Increased blood flow brings with it oxygen and nutrients that will help heal the micro-tears caused by exercise. Using compression boots has also been shown to improve your venous return (how quickly your blood is pumped back to the heart to be re-oxygenated). This not only speeds up recovery but can also boost your general wellbeing by helping your organs to function properly, reduce aches and pains and improve your sleep quality.
2. Reduced Muscle Soreness
An increased rate of blood flow is also important for flushing out waste material and lactic acid. This can build up after exercise and cause pain and stiffness – also known as DOMS. In one study the use of compression boots reduced skeletal muscular oxidative stress and proteolysis markers during recovery, which put simply means a reduction in muscle pain and soreness. Cutting back on the number of days you’re hobbling around and struggling to get up the stairs is going to allow you to train again much faster after a big session.
3. Increased Flexibility
The pulsing sensation provided by compression recovery boots mimics that of a high-quality massage but with levels of pressure that human hands simply can’t recreate. This helps to relax muscles and reduces tightness and stiffness. Research has shown that using compression recovery systems can mitigate the loss of flexibility, which in practically every single sport equals better performance and a reduced risk of injury.
4. Faster Injury Recovery
Injuries happen. Especially when you train hard and push yourself time after time. If you experience pain, swelling or a loss of range of motion from conditions such as shin splints and Achilles Tendinitis then compression boots will reduce recovery time as they drive more blood and oxygen to the area. Compression technology brings much-needed oxygen to damaged tissue and pumps away excess fluid associated with swelling. A study has even shown that compression therapy can improve pressure pain threshold – how much it hurts when you press on muscles.
Easy to use, easy to clean and transportable, recovery boots are the easiest application of compression therapy. Just 20-30 minutes of use after a workout and you can enjoy all of the benefits you’ve just read about.
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