Here’s some “feel good” news for the day. There’s a new apparel niche market now forming: wellness compression garments. At first, they were just something athletes wore to help recover from soreness in muscles and joints.
Well, now their use is spreading from athletics into other fields where you put physical strain on your body. Fields like ranching, farming, construction, homebuilding, and outdoor guiding. In actuality, anyone who experiences soreness (who hasn’t) is now in this growing muscle recovery apparel market.
Okay, that’s all well and good. But do these wellness compression garments really work? Or is it a bunch of hype and hoo-haw? To get some insight, we consulted a local naturopathic physician. Dr. Jeff Green, who owns Big Sky Integrative Health (www.bigskyintegrativehealth.com) in Belgrade, sheds some light on the subject.
We’ve compressed his comments for brevity and clarity.
“The main benefits that are seen when a compression garment is used are enhanced recovery and less swelling. Both work together as increased swelling usually causes recovery to be longer. A compression sleeve or garment allows for efficient blood flow to and through an area. It’s common for recovery time to be cut down as a result of this process, less pain, and less stiffness. There are a number of people who report anecdotally a benefit in joints that used to hurt and now don’t as much.”
Dr. Green also reports, however, that scientific research is lacking in this new form of wellness apparel. Still, there seems to be something to it. He states:
“There isn’t much research on brand name compression sleeves or garments but there is a fair bit of research on compression sleeves that have a measured quantity of compression. In all of those studies there is benefit and they are typically used in medical settings.”
Murdoch’s carries Tommie Copper compression sleeves and apparel. Some customers swear by them. They say that Tommie Copper compression sleeves and apparel help with everyday aches and pains and muscle recovery. Myself? To be honest, I have yet to try them. My muscles and joints all feel pretty good (knock softly on wood), which I guess means I need to work out more. Or get a job riding a horse and wrangling calves instead of writing a blog and wrangling words.
You can find these compression sleeves at a Murdoch’s retail location.