Benefits of a Compression Knee Brace
If you’ve ever been injured, you’re probably familiar with the R.I.C.E. protocol: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. It is generally accepted that compression plays a major role in recovery.
Compression sleeves have been around since the 1960s. Originally, compression sleeves were recommended within the medical community to reduce the occurrence of blood clots and deep vein thrombosis.
Fast forward 60 years, and we have discovered many more uses for compression sleeves and braces. If you have sore knees or existing cartilage or ligament issues, you would benefit from using a compression knee sleeve.
The Science of Blood Flow
To illustrate how compression sleeves can benefit your knees, let’s take a look at our own physiology and examine how blood flows through the body.
While we participate in sports or exercise, our heart pumps blood to all the major muscles through our arteries. This blood carries oxygen and nutrients to fuel our muscles and maintain our performance. When the oxygen has been consumed, the result is deoxygenated blood and lactic acid, which creates that burning sensation in your muscles when they are fatigued. These metabolic byproducts and deoxygenated blood are then carried back to the heart where they are once again oxygenated by the lungs. The cycle then repeats itself.
To maintain peak performance, you want to keep a maximum amount of oxygen flowing to your muscles while you exercise. Lactic acid should be handled efficiently as well because a buildup of lactic acid will reduce muscular performance. This means that blood should be channeled to and from the area as quickly and efficiently as possible.
How Compression Helps
Increased Blood Flow
So, what does compression have to do with all of this? Knee compression sleeves assist in venous return and help the oxygenation cycle go faster, allowing deoxygenated blood to travel back to the heart more quickly.
Studies have shown that compression sleeves dilate the walls of the arteries and increase blood flow up to 40 percent during activity and up to 30 percent at rest. Compression knee sleeves are a major asset to your performance in that they can increase the rate of recovery and decrease muscular fatigue. If you’re looking for an edge in the gym or on the field, definitely give them a shot.
Knee compression sleeves also benefit you beyond your workout. Compression helps to stabilize the muscles and decrease muscular vibration, which is known to cause microtears. These microtears are responsible for that sore feeling you get 24 to 48 hours after your workout. With a reduction in microtears, you can expect to feel less sore, and those muscles will be ready to work again more quickly. This allows an athlete to train more often and progress more rapidly.
If you’re searching for that little extra boost to help you train harder, run faster, jump higher and dominate on the field, a knee support is the right answer. Granted, we’re not claiming that if you put on a pair of knee sleeves you will suddenly become the world’s greatest athlete — although you may!
Our knee compression sleeves can provide you with the ability to train a bit harder and more often, though, helping you dig deep for that extra effort that will help you progress.
A Layer of Protection
If you’ve ever taken a fall directly on your knees, you know it doesn’t feel great. Knee compression sleeves also serve to protect you from scrapes or cuts, which are common in contact sports. They hug the thigh and act as a second skin, absorbing impact. Depending on the sport you’re playing, these can be a lifesaver.
Compression is a great way to combat inflammation, which can become very painful. Knee compression sleeves assist with inflammation-related conditions such as arthritis. Knee supports give arthritic athletes a second chance to get back into training. One of the greatest attributes of wearing knee compression is that you can feel the benefit instantly when you slide it on.
If you use knee supports to combat the effects of an injury, the resulting decrease in pain and inflammation can also lead to an increased range of motion. Researchers have discovered that a combination of ice and compression therapy is often potent enough to cut pain medications in half.
Whether you’re dealing with pain or looking for performance enhancement, knee supports are a great tool to add to your arsenal. We offer a wide variety of styles, and we construct our sleeves with durable elastic and allergen-free materials. Try any of our knee sleeves and you will feel the McDavid difference right away.