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Body Helix: Elbow Helix compression for arm pain

Something that is helpful for both reducing pain from injuries and speeding recovery is compression therapy. I have had really great results using the Elbow Helix by Body Helix. It gives very consistent, firm support without feeling constricting. The sleeve holds its shape, and it fits true to size. It doesn’t smell strange after washing, and is made to withstand lots of use. They don’t require the sometimes awkard wrapping you’ll possibly encounter with flossing bands.

The idea behind compression therapy is that the pressure serves multiple healing purposes simultaneously. It literally holds the injured tissues together, giving them support and reinforcing proper alignment. In addition to this, compression slows down the flow of blood. This is important, because connective tissues don’t get much of a blood supply, which is the reason tendons and ligaments heal so slowly. By exposing the inflamed connective tissue to more blood for longer, the body has a better opportunity to take nutrients and other substances to the injury while also allowing more time for waste products to be taken away. Once it’s time to remove the compression, fresh blood floods into the tissues. This washes out all the dead cells and waste products that have accumulated at the site. If you prefer to have more control over the amount of compression, consider using flossing bands.

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