To understand how Muscle Mend Passive recovery systems work we need to get a better understanding of some basic human physiology as it pertains to muscle function and the circulatory system. Arteries carry oxygenated blood and plasma from the heart to all the body extremities. The heart is the pump that pressurises the arterial system carrying nutrients (amino acids, glucose, proteins, oxygen, minerals etc) to the muscles and individual cells. The heart regulates the pumping rate to meet demands placed on the body. The “fight or flight” response.
Whilst the body can react instantly by upping the heart rate to increase the fuelling to the muscles, the recovery process is another story. Muscles produce considerable metabolic waste (water, carbon dioxide, lactic acid etc), especially when utilized for strenuous activities. The venous system carries the bulk of the waste, together with the lymphatic system, away from the extremities back to the heart. The body has no “return” pump and thus relies on muscle contraction to “squeeze” the waste from the affected area. Coaches have long advocated light recovery training to ease stiff and sore taxed muscles.
Time is the rare commodity in our modern world, and athletes struggle to find time for active recovery. Training and competing at a high level puts demands on the body that it was, quite simply, not designed for. To speed up the body’s ability to rid the waste produced by exertion, Muscle Mend allows athletes to relax totally (many users fall asleep!) whilst the sequential compression of the garment uses the venous and lymphatic systems to purge itself of its waste.
The largest muscles in the body are in the legs. By compression from foot to thigh the flow of the fluid into the venous system is greatly enhanced. The same applies to lymph drainage. Fresh oxygenated and nutrient rich blood gets to the muscles sooner, thus speeding the recovery process. Recovery time is shortened from days to hours. This allows athletes to train and compete at a higher level.
The pump action itself is controlled by a sophisticated computerized programme built into the unit. This can be simply adjusted to user requirements as regards time and intensity. Previously only available for the medical fraternity, Muscle Mend now brings this world class recovery technology to the South African sporting fraternity. Invest in Muscle Mend today and take your performance to a new level.
Note: Muscle Mend recovery systems are built in Israel to the highest standards, utilizing state of the art computer technology. The inflatable garments are manufactured using NASA spec material to ensure thousands of hours of reliable use.