What Is Compression Therapy & How Does It Help?

Compression techniques sports massage

If you’ve been feeling a little achy after exercise and are wondering how best to go about aiding your recovery so you can get over your delayed onset muscle soreness quicker, you may want to look into the benefits of compression therapy, which could make a significant difference.

The use of compression stockings, socks and other such garments is becoming increasingly popular for athletes of all kinds and it’s believed that they can be helpful in improving performance, as well as reducing exercise-related soreness and even reducing the risk of developing blood clots.

The therapy itself works by using controlled pressure to increase blood flow to the legs and improve blood flow to your heart, while decreasing swelling and providing your veins with a greater level of support.

While compression garments can be useful during exercise, they also have the potential to help you if you’ve sustained an injury of some kind. It’s thought that this kind of therapy can help promote good blood flow and accelerate the healing process, as well as reducing internal bleeding in the soft tissue around the injury itself and reducing inflammation.

Wearing the garments can also help to stabilise your muscles and limbs, stopping them from moving awkwardly or twisting in a way you don’t want, helping to reduce the chances of further injuries.

You may also find it beneficial to go for a sports massage, as this can often incorporate elements of compression therapy into it – and it’s something you may be able to request when seeing your physio.

Compression techniques are a feature in the likes of deep tissue, Swedish and therapeutic massages, where pressure is applied onto your muscles, held and then released. If this is something you’d be interested in, make sure you let us know when you come for your next appointment at our Maidenhead clinic.

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