If not, don’t worry about it! Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about Compression Therapy. Although it may seem like relatively new technology, doctors have been practising Compression Therapy for thousands of years – dating as far back as Hippocrates of ancient Greece! Modern science continuously discovers new benefits of Compression Therapy daily.
By gently squeezing, Compression Therapy applies the right level of pressure to your legs and feet, causing your calf muscles to pump and allowing the blood to return back to your heart quicker – essentially increasing blood flow and circulation. There are three different forms of Compression Therapy:
Compression stockings: Compression stockings offer mid-level compression between elastic and inelastic bandage systems. Compression stockings may help prevent swelling for those who are frequent flyers or those who sit down for long periods of time – often seen on patients in hospitals.
Bandages and wraps: Typically used if an injury has occurred, compression bandages are used to reduce inflammation caused by the injury. Depending on material used, compression bandages can have a low to high elasticity. The application of compression bandages requires experience and training and should be done by a medical professional.
Inflatable devices: These garments fully cover the legs and inflate to provide pressure. By using dynamic air compression, inflatable garments create a restorative massage with several compression levels to help target specific areas at a faster rate.
The overarching goal of Compression Therapy is to help increase blood flow and circulation. In doing so, there are many added benefits that stem from this. This may include:
- Management of varicose veins
- Swelling prevention – for those who stand or sit for long periods of time
- Improved healing of leg ulcers
- Aids in muscle recovery and soreness
And many more!
Due to its properties in prevention of a variety of different conditions, anyone can benefit from Compression Therapy! Compression Therapy is common amongst those with desk jobs as they are sitting down for long periods of time, as well as athletes due to its aid in muscle recovery.
Although Compression Technology has been around for decades, Normatec takes it one step further! Normatec is the leader in rapid recovery and their restorative massage allows you to warm up quickly, and leave you feeling completely revitalised. Due to its patented Sequential Pulse Pneumatic Waveform, the Normatec Pulse combines three distinctive massage techniques to speed the body’s normal recovery process: pulsing compression, gradients, and distal release. This unique pneumatic waveform is designed to externally compress the limbs in a way that mimics normal physiology, featuring a sophisticated pulsing, gradient, and distal release compression pattern. Although initially designed for patients with severe circulatory and peripheral vascular disorders, Normatec Recovery System is now one of the most effective recovery tool for athletes who want to achieve maximum performance recovery.
If we have spiked your interest in trying it for yourself, Compression Therapy using the Normatec System is available at all core clinics: Canary Wharf, Boxpark Shoreditch, Westfield White City, Westfield Stratford & King’s Road!
To book your Compression Therapy appointment, click here, or if you have any further questions, give our friendly Canary Wharf team a call at 020 2441 9096.