As the physical demand of being a top athlete grows on a daily basis, the science and engineering behind preventing muscle soreness does so similarly. Basic post workout recovery methods and muscle repair techniques such as stretching and rolling are slowly becoming secondary to the brilliant new technological appliances, including Compression Therapy in the form of recovery boots.
What is Compression Therapy?
Compression Therapy is the appliance of a “squeeze and release” method around the chosen muscle group to help reduce swelling and reduce secondary tissue damage. By doing this you promote rapid recovery by introducing fresh blood cells to the focus area and reduce the flow of lactic acid to make your muscles heal quicker. For Athletes who train multiple times a day or during an intense pre-season/post-season schedule, there is no harm in investing in multiple compression therapy sessions per day, as long as there is sufficient recovery time between workouts.
Applying it to your Training Routine
Recovering like the pros do is a necessity, not an option. With little leeway for error in the world of competitive sport, edging out the competition by even 1% is a must. Compression therapy is not only time efficient (typically treatment is 10-30 minutes), but also extremely effective. Ideally, after your training is over, your cool-down and flexibility routine should be topped off by a solid 15-20 minutes (minimum) post-workout Game Ready, Aquilo, or Rapid Reboot compression session, by elevating the muscle group to prevent swelling and promote fresh blood cells.
Athletes and medical practitioners who are looking for the best compression boots that are portable and easy to use have a couple of options. Here is our review of the best compression boots on the market based on feedback from our professional athletes.