Boosting Muscle Recovery: How Technology Can Help

In a strange paradox, the more fit we become, the more muscle recovery becomes important. Rather, the danger of overtraining gets greater as the demands increase. After learning about our bodies and settling on an exercise routine, the next step is to learn about the recovery process.

This step is unique to everyone, but there are some tools and devices we can use to greatly help us. 

Percussive Therapy Devices

Percussive therapy has become a game-changer in muscle recovery, utilizing rapid, repetitive strokes to deeply massage muscle tissue. These devices can enhance blood flow and reduce muscle soreness, which in turn speeds up recovery. 

The device operates by delivering vibrations or percussive impulses deep into the muscle tissue. This helps alleviate tightness and reduces DOMS – that soreness you get the day after a workout.

Hyperice has taken the traditional foam rolling experience to the next level by integrating vibration technology into their rollers, achieving a similar effect whilst improving the range of motion. 

It’s particularly beneficial after intense workouts, for warming up muscles pre-exercise, or for relieving stress and tension in overworked muscles.

Compression Therapy Systems

Compression therapy involves wearing devices that apply controlled pressure to the legs or other parts of the body. A little bit like airplane compression socks, these boost circulation, facilitate lactate removal and decrease swelling and inflammation. 

Modern compression devices offer a variety of settings that can be adjusted according to your needs. Dynamic compression helps mimic natural muscle contractions, and it can be something you can increase over time. 

Ultimately, these devices are ideal because they’re truly passive. Many people bought the electric ab belts believing it would build muscle. The truth is that you need to put in the effort to build strength, but when it comes to recovery, you can sit back, relax, and let the technology aid you.

Cryotherapy Units

Cryotherapy, which is an extreme version of cold therapy, involves exposing the body to wildly cold temperatures for a few minutes. These industrial-sized machines can be localized or effect the whole-body to reduce inflammation and muscle spasms. 

The cold exposure helps to decrease metabolic activity, which reduces cellular breakdown. If you don’t have access to a cryotherapy unit, you can take ice baths Wim-Hof style. Cold therapy is a scientifically sound way to boost recovery, though it isn’t quite as relaxing as a massage with a chair. For those who have the time, doing both will get the best results.

Conclusion

With so much technology available, we must learn when to use it and when to avoid it. Whilst it cannot do the job for us, particularly when working out, it can accelerate recovery. Even still, there are some other considerations, such as eating well (not eating enough calories is a big part of under-recovery), as well as getting enough sleep. 

It’s also important to stress that sitting around all day on the couch after a workout isn’t optimal either. A rest day can mean a long walk or light exercise, which can also boost recovery.