UPPER BODY RECOVERY
LOWER BODY RECOVERY
‘One of the main differences between amateur and professional riders is not the amount of training they do, but their quantity and quality of recovery time. When they are not riding, pros will focus 100% on recovery, knowing that is when their bodies adapt, and they become stronger.’ British Cycling Organisation.
How can compression aid sports recovery?
Firmly compressing the limb increases venous and arterial blood flow meaning that more oxygen reaches the muscles helping them to heal quicker. With the same motion as massage, when the garment compresses around the body part, blood is pushed through the veins and pressure increases. When the garment deflates, a rush of oxygenated blood flows back to the area.
Oxygenated blood contains white blood cells which engulf and destroy any germs which may have entered the body as well as being full of nutrient rich proteins which aid the healing process. Additionally, when the garment is inflated it pushes blood through the venous system, and with it, transports lactic acid which has built up from the exercise.
Lactic Acid Build Up & Removal
This is one of the body’s natural defence mechanisms which commonly occurs after a period of exercise and causes a burning sensation which forces you to stop and rest. Through intermittent compression, this is removed from the system enabling you to rejuvenate quicker and allowing your muscles to heal at an accelerated rate.
How often should I use IPC to feel the benefit?
Every time soon after a session of exercise. Using the Pulse Press system will aid your bodies natural recovery process and work alongside it to boost the flow of oxygen which plays a key role in the restoration of your muscles. Using Pulse Press for up to 1 hour a day after your workout would significantly improve the bodies ability to regenerate its muscles and keep you performing at the
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What does Sports Recovery mean and why is it important?
Barton Medical Ltd views recovery as an essential part of every workout. To maximise your abilities, make the most progress and reach your fitness goals, it is imperative to have a thorough and efficient recovery routine. When the body is exercised and physically pushed to its limits, tiny tears appear in the muscles. While resting, the body repairs these muscles using proteins in amino acid found in blood and rebuilds the muscles to make them stronger than they were before.
Without an effective recovery plan, the body would not be very responsive to exercise and may even decline in ability due to the muscles being overused and worn. When it comes to long term success, it is in any athlete’s best interests to be able to bounce back quickly and with more power than they had before.
It is important to rest after exercise as a lack of rest increases the stress hormone cortisol, inhibiting the body’s ability to recover.
Massage is highly recommended by the British Cycling Association as one of the best methods of sports recovery as the movement of soft tissue encourages blood flow, and works to correctly align muscle fibre reducing the feeling of tightness. This type of muscle tightness or soreness can hinder a person’s progress as they may feel it when they wake up the next day, and this can obstruct progress and prevent people from hitting their targets.
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