Can Compression Clothing Prevent Sore Muscles?

Within these blog posts, we talk regularly about all the various benefits of wearing compression wear. Today, we are going to examine of the main benefits: Can compression clothing prevent sore muscles?

So What Exactly is Compression Gear?

Essential, compression clothing are tight garments, constructed of stretchy fabrics such as Lycra and Spandex. They are designed to be worn before, during and after sports activities to increase circulation and reduce soreness.

Compression gear worn in the gym and out on the sports field got its start in the medical field. Compression garments were used as medical devices designed to prevent, as well as slow the progression of vein diseases such as varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis. The compression medical garments were used to help increase blood flow and circulation as well as to relieve the pressure within the veins.

These medical compression garments have also been used to alleviate symptoms of:

  • Lymphedema
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Other circulatory medical conditions

Now compression is worn for several of its many benefits during workouts and sports activities. Compression clothing also keeps muscles in their proper place, and reduces muscle vibrations.

Many studies have stated the benefit of reduced muscle soreness through wearing compression. “When compression garments are worn during and after heavy exercise, they appear to reduce muscle soreness,” says Jessica Hill, M.S.c., a U.K.-based exercise scientist. Her review on compression was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

The study concluded that those who wear compression garments after their exercise sessions experience less soreness and faster muscle recovery than those who choose to wear regular gym outfits.

Hill continues, “When you work a muscle group hard, it can become inflamed. When we experience an inflammatory response, we get an increase in fluid and white blood cells to the affected area. This leads to swelling and increases in pressure, and therefore pain.”

Compression gear “work” by putting pressure on the muscles, which in turn reduces the amount of fluid buildup, decreasing the swelling and pressure.

Compression gear also increases blood flow to the muscles and speeds up the removal of creatine kinase and lactic acids, both of which can cause muscle soreness.

Other benefits include:

  • Muscle fatigue reduction
  • Strain/sprain prevention
  • Higher oxygenation levels
  • Comfort through keeping the wearer warm and/or cooler

And of course, there’s the really cool benefit of making you feel good about the way you look during your workouts. Because of the “compression” aspect of this type of gear, many wears feel trimmer and slimmer, which can give them a higher sense of self confidence in the gym!

If you have any questions about compression gear and how can compression clothing prevent sore muscles, please contact us  at ZeroPoint Compression. We can also discuss other great benefits of compression gear and help you find the very best items for you!