To modern adults, physical fitness is no joke. More people than ever are signing up for group fitness classes like yoga, pilates, and barre, and the number of Americans with gym memberships continues to climb each year. As of 2018, about 1 in 5 Americans belonged to a gym or fitness club, that’s more than ever before!
However, the tidal wave of new gymgoers is not always sticking to their fitness regimens. In fact, studies show that roughly 50% of new gym members quit within six months.
One of the main reasons former gymgoers give for quitting is that they feel that they do not see results quickly enough. For new gymgoers taking a crack at exercising for the first time on their own, intense and persistent muscle soreness can keep them out of the gym for days or weeks at a time, slowing down their progress and eroding their confidence in the process.
So how can exercise out without feeling that post-workout soreness?
Unfortunately, post-workout soreness can be unavoidable. When you do new or intense exercises that your body is not accustomed to, you will often feel what is known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, or DOMS, one to three days later. DOMS is what causes us to feel stiff and tender after working out. But why do we feel DOMS at all?
Well, when we exercise, muscle contractions cause tiny tears in our muscle fibers and connective tissues. The aches and pains we feel after working out are the results of our bodies repairing those tissues. While this soreness may be unavoidable, it is not untreatable.
There are a variety of ways that you can cope with DOMS after a hard workout; a proper post-workout cool-down and stretching routine can work wonders in lessening the intensity of DOMS. Another excellent way that you can help repair muscle tissues and reduce the pains associated with DOMS is with Impact Therapy™.
Impact Therapy™ can stimulate and accelerate the repair of strained muscle fibers by supplying quick bursts of force in focused, rapid pulses into deep muscle tissues. These bursts can help stimulate the flow of blood to areas of the body where you may be experiencing discomfort, encouraging pain relief, enhancing range of motion, and getting you back in the gym for your next workout!
Below, we explore some of the most significant benefits of Impact Therapy™ and how you can use them to make stress and soreness a thing of the past.
1. Improve Circulation
Impact Therapy™ can help improve general blood and lymph circulation to all areas of the body as the pressure created from each burst of impact actually helps facilitate blood and lymph flow from surrounding regions into the affected one. This improvement in circulation can also contribute to a reduction in stress, improved immunity, and relief of arthritis pain.
2. Reduce Post-Workout Muscle Soreness
This benefit was already covered extensively above, but to sum it up, Impact Therapy™ utilizes rapid bursts of focused pressure on sore and aching muscle tissues to improve circulation and enhance blood flow to regions in need. These quick bursts direct more oxygen to your sore muscles, which can relieve soreness and improve range of motion. You can even try Impact Therapy™ before your workout to ensure that your muscles are properly warmed up and oxygenated, you may also notice an improvement in your workout performance!
3. Improve Sleep
Studies show that Impact Therapy™ can help reduce stress and anxiety and, therefore, improve sleep. Impact Therapy™ can encourage the production of the body’s main sleep hormones, melatonin, and serotonin. Additionally, if the pain associated with DOMS is keeping you from getting a full night’s sleep, Impact Therapy™ can be the perfect solution to both encourage hormone production and reduce overall soreness.
4. Improve Posture
More often than not, poor posture is the result of accumulated tension in our backs and shoulder blades. This tension can build-up due to a variety of factors such as soreness after a hard workout, extended periods of sitting down or even sleeping in an awkward position. Impact Therapy™ helps stimulate blood and lymph circulation to the muscle fibers affected by poor posture, allowing the body to return to its naturally comfortable position.
If you’re interested in reaping the wide-ranging rewards that Impact Therapy™ has to offer, then you should check out our NEW truRelief™ Impact Therapy™ Device! This convenient device is your personal, on-demand physical therapist. With four different speed settings and five interchangeable Impact Therapy™ heads, the truRelief™ Impact Therapy™ Device will relieve you of soreness and maximize your performance. It’s designed to be cordless, lightweight, and rechargeable so you can take it with you on-the-go!