Today we bring you a guest post about compression gear. We know you've seen people wearing knee sleeves, elbow sleeves, compression pants, and sleeves. Maybe you're even one of these people, but do you know why they help, and what they actually do? Sarah from CompressionInfo.com is here to drop some knowledge on you!
Compression Gear: Why Every Athlete Should Utilize this All Natural Solution to Speed Muscle Repair and Prevent Injury
Compression gear is the new fad these days it seems. Even non-athletes have likely heard of the term or heard of compression. It’s surprising to me that compression gear is not more prevalent these days, seeing as everyone seems to be turning towards the natural path rather than taking over the counter medications.
Importance of Compression Gear
If I told you that you could use one thing to reduce your muscle soreness, prevent injury and enhance your athletic performance you would think I was talking about some magical thing or something illegal. But you’ve probably heard of compression clothing; it is a tight-fitting garment that athletes can wear to stabilize joints and improve muscle performance.
That’s not to say that by wearing compression garments you will automatically be a faster runner or can lift more weight. It helps your muscles recover faster, reduce muscle soreness, and help your joints stay in proper alignment, reducing the chance of injury over the long term.
There are slip-on types, wrap around types, and kinds that you slip on and then wrap and tighten. The type you choose depends mostly on your preferences. There are compression garments like socks, shorts, tops, and sleeves.
If you ever had joint pain or muscle pain while working out or practicing, then you may have considered taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. While these medications are what they are and they are indeed effective, that doesn’t mean they are the best choice for an athlete. They know that everything you put into your body influences the output your body can produce.
These OTCs have been shown to do damage to your stomach lining and liver, in particular through prolonged use. That is not to say that you should never take these if you need them, but we certainly shouldn’t be taking them every day for a prolonged period.
Especially not when there is something natural and available to us. Not to mention that it starts working immediately, works indefinitely, and even improves our performance.
Benefits of Compression Gear
One of the main benefits of compression gear is that it provides common sense. By having a compression sleeve around your arms while weight-lifting, your arms will be warmer. Warmer muscles reduce muscle tearing and strain.
Since compression gear holds your muscles tightly after you finish training, the blood will rush over the muscles that were compressed when you remove the compression gear. Compression helps flush the lactic acids you have built up over your workout. It can also contribute to relieving muscle soreness the next day.
A study done called the “Effects of Compression Clothing on Performance and Recovery” found that wearing compression clothing during a workout can reduce the amount of time it takes for muscles to repair themselves.
Types of people each type of gear is best for
It is not just for athletes, but anyone who has chronic joint and muscle pain and tension. If you’ve ever had a joint injury like a sprained ankle or knee, you usually receive a brace of some kind. You know how much support that simple brace gives your joint while wearing it. While stabilizing joints, compression gear works in the same capacity to prevent injury as well as stabilizing it while healing.
Which Part of Your Body is Compression Gear Most Effective?
Compression gear is ideal for any part of your body that gets extra sore after working out. There are even compression floss wraps available that are perfect for hard to reach muscles.
Therefore, more and more athletes should be turning to compression gear. Sometimes compression gear is marketed as being able to improve athletic performance, and you may find that your performance is enhanced while wearing it. But the benefits derived from wearing compression gear far outweigh any performance benefits.
If you have ever had pain or used compression gear, do you think it helped? Why wouldn’t you try something that is completely natural and has no side effects? If you haven’t used it before, have you considered it? What is holding you back from trying? Is it the cost, is it because you don’t know where to find it?
About the Author
Sarah is a workout enthusiast with quite an active lifestyle. She began Compression Info to share the benefits she experienced while working out using compression gear.