How Do Recovery Boots Work?

Recovery Boots are a portable recovery product that provides sequential intermittent pneumatic compression therapy to rejuvenate and restore muscles post exercise. Sequential intermittent pneumatic compression is a recognised recovery modality frequently used by elite and recreational athletes alike; and is characterised by manipulations in blood and lymph flow.

Sequential pneumatic compression devices like the Recovery Boots were originally used in the clinical setting as a medical tool to prevent post surgical deep vein thrombosis and lymphedema (Nicolaide, Fernandes and Pollock, 1980; Richmond et al., 1985). However, recent times have seen elite sports players adopt this kind of sequential pneumatic compression to optimise recovery and performance.

But how do Recovery Boots work?

The Recovery Boots consist of 4 individual chambers, which, when activated by the RPX or RP Lite system; begin to sequentially inflate from foot to thigh (at a pressure of your choice), provide a brief pause before a rapid air release, all within 45 seconds to 1 minute.

During this time the Recovery Pump boots system mimics the body’s natural venous pump from the periphery to the heart. The inflation of the Recovery boots provides a pressure gradient against the skin. This type of compression reduces space for swelling (Hill et al., 2013), which attenuates the osmotic pressure alterations which are responsible for the pain response associated with muscle damaging exercise and DOMS. The continuous Recovery Pump compression – release cycle; up-regulates the circulation of oxygen and substrate to local muscles and enhances lymph flow (Hanson et al., 2013; Fanelli et al., 2008).

Recovery Boots therapy has been shown to:

  • Improve recovery post resistance and endurance exercise (Brown et al., 2017).
  • Increase post exercise blood flow & metabolite removal (Hill et al., 2013; Hanson et al., 2013).
  • Reduce the impact of DOM’s (Hill et al., 2013)
  • Accelerated regeneration of power and strength – which is commonly reduced after exercise due to initial catabolic muscle processes. (Hill et al., 2013)

So what does this mean?

  • Improved recovery
  • Faster return to training or competition
  • Improved readiness for exercise participation
  • Reduced muscle soreness
  • Facilitates the shortening of rest between training or performance

If you are interested in the Recovery Pump range and would like to use the same recovery as football and rugby’s elite; or would simply like to find out more, download RPX’s free Brochure and Ebook online or call direct and chat to a team member.

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