Compression Garment – Does it work?

Hello my fellow readers! Sorry for the lack of posts/updates. Just a tad bit busy! TIME needs to SLOW down. We’re already into our 11th month of the year! WHAT?!

I am trying my best to juice out more informative articles for you guys. Do let me know if you have anything specific that you would like me to talk about/share.

Ok, time to cut to the point of this article – Compression Garment

Think: 2XU, Skins, Compresssport, RecoFit etc.

These are a few of the big names in the compression garment industry. If you thought they were just fashionable, you may be right. But they happen to be FUNCTIONAL too.IMG_9490

There’s nothing new about the compression garment technology. It is widely used in the medical field. Back at the plastic surgery clinic where I used to work, compression garments were sold along with major surgical procedures (liposuction, breast augmentation). Compression garments are worn to prevent excessive swelling, promote blood circulation, prevent seroma, and to a certain extent, provide comfort and support.

What Happens to Your Muscles after Exercise

Physical activity induces muscle damage in the form of micro-tears that can lead to delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS), impaired muscle function, increase in circulating muscle proteins and possibly hindering exercise performance.

These are transient natural processes that occur whenever you place some level of stress on your muscles. Muscle repair follows muscle damage, healing it and making it more resilient to future stressors.

The Problem

Pain and swelling is common place during this time.

There is no real ‘problem’. In fact, you probably enjoy the PAIN and feel accomplished because PAIN means GAIN, right? But the discomfort we feel may interfere with our daily life or even our next workout session.

Enhanced recovery has become one of the top priorities for most athletes and crazy runners like YOU.

How Does Compression Garment Work

Garments with specific compressive qualities have made their way into athletic populations. No surprise there because it works. Although there are many conflicting conclusions from various studies (you have to take into account the design, biasness, type of workout etc), the overall review is positive.

For Recovery

As mentioned, compression garments promote blood circulation, enhancing muscle oxygenation and reduce venous pooling and oedema. Compression garments have the ability to alter local haemodynamics and expedite the removal of cellular debris and improve the swelling that comes along with it. It also provides mechanical support, resulting in faster recovery following muscle damaging exercises. Many studies have also found that compression garment reduces perceived post exercise muscle soreness, further managing the detrimental symptoms [1].IMG_9496

If you happen to wear them during your activity (like running), it helps to hold the muscle in place, controlling the amount of oscillation and movement that could aggravate the healing process [2].

Psychological Effect

“The body achieves what the mind believes”

I ALWAYS say this – YOUR MIND is SO POWERFUL! As the Bible says in 1 Peter 1vs13, GIRD your mind!

If you think you’re going to fail, chances are YOU WILL!

Studies have shown that there is the psychological feel-good aspect of wearing compression garment for recovery! Even if it doesn’t work, your mind is at ease knowing that you are recovering well.

Less worry = overall positive effects on your well-beingIMG_9495

What am I slipping into the sleeve of my RecoFit calf sleeve? Review coming up! 🙂

Fashion? Functional? Or nothing at all?

Still undecided? OK la, let me help you out.

BUY/use compression garment if:

-you are an elite athlete and recovery is necessary to maintain high training loads

-you are not an elite athlete but want to feel good/recovery faster

-you follow a strict workout plan that requires you to recover ASAP

-you think it looks fashionable

If none of the above applies to you then just REST LAH!REST-DAYYour next hard workout is going to be as good as the quality of your recovery.

REMEMBER THAT!

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