Under the microscope: ECP (External Counterpulsation)
What? boosting athletic performance by providing enhanced circulatory effects throughout the body. How? A pressure suit strapped to the athlete – when they lay on a bed – uses pneumatic pumps to squeeze the legs and change blood flow through the body. The increased blood flow increases shear stress, which in turn releases nitric oxide, reduces lactic acid build-up and decreases inflammatory markers in the blood.
Why? These effects boost the athlete’s recovery in reducing exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD) by addressing the acute phase of inflammation that occurs after physical training. By accelerating recovery times, an elite athlete can return to training faster, hence improving performance. In addition, by reducing fatigue, there is a reduced risk of injury in athletes. A number of pro cycling teams and athletes have been employing ECP. Try it for yourself via www.renewtherapy.co.uk