What is a Compression Band?
The Compression Band is an essential performance tool and should in the gym bag of every athlete looking to improve range, restore joint mechanics, or unglue matted down or previously injured tissue. Compression tack and flossing works on many levels, including re-perfusing tissues that have become stiff or gone cold after injury, and by compressing swelling out of tissues and joints. Because the Compression band can be used while actually performing the movement the athlete is trying to change, its effect on sliding surface restoration and tissue mobilisation is unmatched.
Why do Compression Bands work?
One word – compression. It is impossible to recreate the compression you get from a Compression Band using anything else. It allows you to apply global compression around a joint (typically the knee, ankle, or elbow). You put your muscle or joint through range of motion while it is compressed and this helps to decrease swelling (particularly in sprains/trains) and/or increase mobility and muscle activation.
The Compression Band isn’t going to make you stronger, but it does change the way the muscles orient themselves when you are doing some types of stretching. What that means is you can intensify the stretch using the Compression. Again, when you take the band off, you have a rush of blood into the stretched area. One train of thought is that the rush of blood helps recovery. And in particular, the Compression Bands work better than other self-massage/mobility techniques because it is simply a neuro-physiological response.
What is flossing?
Your nerves travel though small tunnels. They are attached at the spinal column and at the other end they are attached to somewhere like the hand, foot, etc. Sometimes your nerves get stuck in their tunnels and this causes pain. So to help them get unstuck we perform exercises called neural flossing. Basically we are trying to get the nerve to travel freely inside their tunnel. The idea is to pull from one end of the nerve while relaxing the other end. This can be performed with certain stretches but recently it’s been discovered that you can use compression to help get those stuck nerves moving freely again. Stretching still comes into play here but before we stretch we use a band to compress the muscles at one end of the nerve. This compression puts more pressure on the nerve than can be done with stretching alone. Once the band is in place you perform a stretch. The pressure of the band will stop the majority of the blood circulation. Think of a garden hose with a kink in it. Once you unkink the hose/vessel fresh blood flushes the area. When areas get stuck they don’t always get a lot of circulation so it’s important to resupply the area with fresh O2.
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