As a Sports Acupuncturist, I treat plenty of athletes. Professional or amateur, these dedicated individuals are pushing the envelope to be the best at what they do. Many of them seek our help for injuries that occur during intense training sessions and one thing this particular population of patients has in common is a lack of emphasis on recovery.
Ideal: Recovery should be a major part of everyone’s training program.
Reality: We focus so much on training—especially when juggling a tight schedule (families, jobs, etc.)—that we end up putting recovery on the back burner.
However, when we allow ourselves to properly recover, our athletic performance will be much greater…even if we don’t train as hard! Sounds weird, I know, but think about it: Pro athletes train hard and have access to the best coaches and programs, but the one thing that separates the winners is how fast they recover. If an athlete focuses on recovery, their body will be able to rebuild muscles and make them stronger in a shorter amount of time, thus allowing the athlete to have higher training volume. This, in turn, leads to greater athletic performance.
Since I am in a constant pursuit of methods to enhance my patients’ experience at Oak Point Health & Vitality Centre, I’ve prioritized a variety of recovery options for our patients and regularly emphasize the importance of this component.
By focusing on the recovery aspect of our training program, we will:
- Decrease soreness after intense training sessions by removing waste products from the muscles
- Decrease risk of injury
- Speed up healing process by reducing swelling and inflammation
Adding the Recovery Pump to your program will put you head and shoulders above the completion and give you that edge you seek. How does it work?
After intense exercise, lactic acid and other waste products accumulate in the muscles, causing soreness. Soreness, as you probably know, can sabotage our athletic performance. These waste products get flushed out via the venous and lymphatic system—a process that can take a while even though we need to keep moving. By adding the Recovery Pump after and even before your training session, we can help speed things up and help the body recover faster. The faster we recover, the more often we can train and thereby improve our athletic performance without the risk of injury.
Recovery Pump treatments are very relaxing and can range from 30 to 45 minutes. To schedule your recovery session and to start incorporating the Recovery Pump in your training, feel free to contact us and schedule a complimentary consultation.
Written by Dimitri Boules LAc, LMT, CPE, CPT