"Air Relax was the obvious choice for me - their boots are small enough and their pressure system is high enough to still be effective in aiding recovery"
As both a physiotherapist and athlete the benefits of compression therapy are numerous. As a physiotherapist treating many post-operative patients, I use compression therapy to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT), accelerate healing of venous leg ulcers and to reduce lymphedema following orthopedic and vascular surgeries. Compression is thought to reduce edema by moving excess tissue fluid to the intravascular space and promoting venous and lymphatic return to the heart, leading to decreased tissue pressures and improved micro-circulation. It also has great value in treating acute ankle and knee injuries by means of decreasing edema as explained and when combined with cryotherapy to manage inflammation.
As an athlete I use compression therapy to improve and aid recovery, especially when racing consecutive days. The compression assists in actively moving metabolic waste from muscles, similar to what active recovery with compression pants would do, but without the demand for additional fuel from your muscles. This is what makes it such a useful and effective tool.
Air-Relax was the obvious choice for me – their boots are small enough and their pressure system is high enough to still be effective in aiding recovery. Being on my feet all day as full time time restaurateur and physiotherapist, Air-Relax is phenomenal at reducing post training as well as post work soreness and fatigue. It enables me to stand all day yet have fresh legs for my training session the next morning. I can use it in the comfort of my own home while watching a DVD or reading a book and it only takes 15 minutes per cycle.