Compression 101: KISS

Compression wraps are a simple and effective means in which to increase blood flow to a targeted part of your body.

Compression can be delivered through:

Active Compression:
“With an optimal level of consistent compression, the walls of the arteries will dilate, increasing the blood flow through them. The greater the blood flow, the better the oxygen and nutrient delivery and the better the performance of the muscles.” Source: (British Journal of Sports Medicine)

Recovery Compression:
“Wearing compression technology after intense exercise or competition can help speed up recovery and at least, reduce your perception of overly sore muscles.” Source: (Fleet Feet Harvard)

Everyday Compression:
“Compression technology can help those who are prone to swelling or those who face occupational challenges that lead to swelling by reducing their propensity to swell.” Source: (National Center for Biotechnology Information)

This helps the body by:

1. Reducing Swelling:
Inflammation and swelling are not only uncomfortable but they can also inhibit the healing process. Compression increases pressure at the site of swelling and encourages fluid to flow from the swollen, high-pressure area to the unaffected low-pressure area.

2. Increasing Nutrient Delivery:
Active compression helps stimulate the flow of lymph fluid, which carries vital nutrients to the damaged tissues surrounding the injury. Lymph fluid is also important for removing waste from cells and body tissues – an important function during the tissue regeneration process.

3. Increasing Oxygen Delivery:
Injured tissue requires oxygen for it to repair. However, swelling can inhibit the flow of blood to an injury, slowing down the healing process. Active compression helps improve blood flow which enhances the delivery of oxygen to damaged tissue.

4. Improving the Rate of Tissue Repair:
The combination of reduced swelling and delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the injury site enables more rapid tissue repair and a faster healing process overall.

Seems simple? That’s because it is… KISS!

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