Sam Pedlow: Boost Performance with Medical Compression
In recent years there has been a growing shift of focus towards the
optimization of human performance. The wellness industry has put an
increased focus on intrinsic factors that can be manipulated in order to
achieve the goals of top performance and reduced fatigue.
This shift often focuses on the areas of supplementation, mental
performance, and exercise selection. But what about external factors or
tools we can use to aid in achieving these same goals. What if just by
choosing better gear, we could improve performance and reduce fatigue.
Designed to increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage, compression garments
can improve muscle performance and reduce recovery time. Utilizing
compression garments does not just mean wearing exceptionally tight
clothing. True compression garments are designed with medical graduated
compression (20-30 mmHg compression level) which gradually decreases the
level of compression up the garment towards the torso.
The most popular form of compression is socks….. And yes, there is much more
to them than just super tight and often colorful socks. Graduated medical
compression is clinically proven to help promote circulation and allow
muscles to receive an increased supply of oxygen to help them perform more
effectively and regenerate quicker.
Choosing the right compression sock is important. You want to look for a
perfect, no-slip fit, breathable material as well as adequate compression
All Bauerfeind compression socks feature graduated medical compression
(20-30 mmHg), are made from a highly elastic knitted fabric, and exert a
carefully regulated level of pressure. This compressive action boosts your
circulation with lasting effect, transporting that all-important oxygen
around your body. As a result, you can train more regularly, recover more
quickly, get tired less easily, experience fewer muscle vibrations, and draw
on greater energy reserves.
Beyond compression socks, there are a wide variety of other compression
garments that may have a positive impact on increasing performance and
reductions in fatigue. These may come in the form of sleeves (arm, thigh,
calf) or complete compression shirts/pants.
As with the socks, Bauerfeind compression sleeves for the arm, leg, and
thigh are designed with medical compression (20-30 mmHg), which gradually
decreases as it goes toward the body. This clinically proven design helps
promote circulation and allows muscles to receive an increased supply of
oxygen to help them perform more effectively and regenerate quicker. Blood
circulation is effectively stimulated, which warms the muscles to help
protect against injury, yet the fabric is extremely lightweight and provides
a temperature- and moisture-regulating effect.
No matter which garment type you select the goal remains the same. Graduated
medical compression looks to improve circulation and blood flow, as well as
reduce fatigue and post-activity soreness. So whether you are a professional
athlete, weekend warrior, or just headed out for a walk around town,
graduated compression might be just the boost you are looking for!