Are you an athlete or do you train regularly?
You probably understand the recovery principle which enables your body to adapt and come back even stronger. But what is less understood is the notion of recovery. What does that mean: do nothing? Do other things? If so, what? In this article, we will look at this notion.
First of all it is important to understand how the body recovers and repairs the tissues that have been damaged by training (yes, when we train we damage tissues, or else there would be no improvement). To do this cells need proteins, minerals, and all kinds of things that can be found in the blood. In addition, blood flow is necessary to evacuate liquids and cellular by-products that will have been produced by the effort. Therefore an effort must be made to ensure that blood flow is activated to the areas needing recovery.
So how can we activate the blood flow in the affected regions?
One of the ways to do this is to repeat the same exercise you did, very lightly, to simply activate the blood flow in the same regions and try not to outdo yourself. Repeating high intensity exercises too often will not give cells enough time to do their repair job and a degradation in performance will ensue. So if you take this avenue, it is important to minimize the intensity.
- Are you a runner? Walk.
- Are you a weightlifter? Do exercise without weight or just with the bar or your own bodyweight.
Another way to promote active recuperation is to visit your healthcare professional. Good massage therapy activates blood circulation in the needed areas. In addition, the massage therapist can work on adhesions in the tissues from micro lesions repairing themselves, and break them down, allowing the tissues to move freely without being limited by tissue scarring.
Another professional that can help in your recovery process is the acupuncturist. Thanks to the needles, he can direct blood flow to the regions that need it and facilitate tissue drainage.
So if you do sports, your professionals are there to help you reach your full potential.
Do not hesitate to contact us.