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Compression for Lymphedema

Recent research shows that compression is effective for lymphedema. This is good news, because there are a number of conditions that can cause lymphedema, including cancer, cancer treatments, certain surgeries, and infections. The Lymphatic System Your lymphatic system is a critical part of your immune system. The lymph running through it distributes proteins to your Read more…


Freeze & Squeeze

For a Freeze & Squeeze, you spend three minutes in the cryotherapy cabinet at a temperature of around 200 degrees below zero. Then you return to room temperature and relax in a reclining chair wearing RecoveryPump pants for 15 to 30 minutes. You can usually complete an entire Freeze & Squeeze in about 40 minutes. Read more…



Overtraining: Is It Possible To Exercise Too Much?

As a coach, I have always had to watch my athletes for signs of overtraining. People who get a taste of performance improvement often think more is better, so they sometimes overdo it. And overtraining is a real thing. A 1992 review (PDF) in the Journal of Athletic Training cites five common signs of overtraining: Read more…


Recovery Is A Lifestyle

A July 12 feature article in The New York Times was titled “How to Recover Like an Elite Athlete” and described a hot new lifestyle trend. The writer visited a place called Recover, “which bills itself as New York’s first recovery studio.” Ahem. I just want to say, Welcome New York Times to the concept Read more…


Can Compression Therapy Help Prevent Venous Disease?

If you’ve ever attended a long-form triathlon (“half-iron” or longer), you have probably seen people racing in compression stockings or leg sleeves. I don’t know whether compression socks can make you faster or reduce the pain of a marathon run, but I do know there are significant, proven benefits in compression therapy for muscle recovery. Read more…


Compression Therapy: Wellness as Well as Recovery?

A video titled “The Physics of Venous Drainage” on the website of the American Venous Forum features Sergio Gianesini, MD, saying, “The calf muscle is considered a peripheral heart that propels the venous blood back to the lungs in order to be detoxified and re-oxygenated.” What an elegant way to describe why running and even Read more…