Do Compression Garments Increase Muscle Recovery?

Do Compression Garments Increase Muscle Recovery?

Muscle recovery post workout is as important as the workout itself when it comes to seeing results and gaining strength. There are a variety of modalities that seem to help promote recovery like magnesium supplements, hot/cold therapy, and walking. But what about compression garments? Compression garments are “an elastic cloth fitting that people wear on their arms, legs, or hips during or after physical exercise” and according to Tohoku University’s Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, “data from our previous study supported the idea that such garments have the potential to reduce strength loss after a strenuous workout. However … we found no effect of compression garments on strength recovery — even when factoring in exercise type and when and where the compression garment is applied.” If you’re an athlete and you find that compression garments work for you, great. If not, look into some of the other modalities that may be more effective at promoting muscle recovery. 


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