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How PEMF therapy helps in Post Workout Recovery

It's a great feeling of accomplishment when you complete a satisfying and intense workout. Whether you sprint on the treadmill or stretch on the yoga mat, the rush of endorphins is truly unbeatable!

But there's a not-so-pleasant side effect that follows: Post-workout soreness. Workouts put your muscles under stress, which can cause microscopic tears (don't worry, it's a natural part of the process!) and lead to muscle tightness, stiffness, inflammation, and other post-workout aches and pains. This can make it challenging to stay consistent with your exercise routine and slow down your performance.

The good news is you can get a leg up on that "I can't move my arms" feeling with the proper post-workout session with Sentient Element Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy.

With its unique approach to targeting your body at a cellular level, you can enhance your post-workout recovery and feel your best.

 

Why do muscles hurt after a workout?

Muscle soreness after exercise is a common experience for many people, especially those who engage in new or intense physical activities. This soreness is typically referred to as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

DOMS occurs due to microscopic damage to muscle fibers. As mentioned, exercising results in tiny tears in your muscle fibers, which is a normal part of the muscle-building process. However, this may also lead to inflammation and soreness as your body repairs and rebuilds the muscle fibers.

DOMS typically sets in 24-48 hours after exercise and may last up to several days. The intensity and duration of the soreness can vary depending on several factors, including the type and intensity of the exercise, your level of fitness, and your susceptibility to muscle soreness.

DOMS can cause temporary muscle weakness, stiffness, and reduced range of motion, which can affect your ability to perform exercises with the same intensity and range of motion as you normally would. This can lead to decreased performance, especially if you are doing exercises that target the same muscles that are affected by DOMS. Thus, post-workout recovery is recommended.

 

The importance of post-workout recovery

Recovery is a vital aspect of any workout routine. It allows your body to repair the damaged muscle fibers and reduce inflammation, leading to increased muscle growth and decreased soreness. Proper recovery also helps prevent injuries and fatigue, allowing you to perform better.

 

Factors that affect post-workout recovery

Several factors can affect how quickly and effectively your body recovers after a workout. These include:

Nutrition: Proper nutrition is essential for muscle recovery. Consuming protein after a workout may help repair muscle fibers, while carbohydrates may help replenish glycogen stores and provide energy for your next workout.

Sleep: Sleep is crucial for muscle recovery, as it allows your body to repair and rebuild damaged muscle fibers. Aim for at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night.

Hydration: Drinking enough water is crucial for maintaining proper muscle function and preventing dehydration, which may lead to muscle cramps and fatigue.

Stretching: Stretching after a workout may help reduce muscle soreness and improve flexibility.

Active Recovery: Engaging in low-intensity activities like walking or yoga can help increase blood flow and promote muscle recovery.

Post-workout recovery is essential for maintaining a healthy workout routine. By understanding the changes your body undergoes during and after a workout and implementing proper recovery techniques, you can ensure that your body is ready for your next workout session.

While taking a day off and staying hydrated are crucial for post-workout recovery, that is not enough. Sometimes, your body needs a little more than that. That's where PEMF therapy comes in!

 

How can PEMF therapy enhance post-workout recovery?

This therapy has been shown to enhance post-workout recovery by reducing inflammation, increasing blood flow, and promoting tissue repair. PEMF therapy may be used to target specific areas of your body that are experiencing soreness or inflammation, promoting faster healing, and reducing the risk of injury.

​​According to a study, PEMF may effectively reduce the physiological deficits that are associated with DOMS. The study found that PEMF treatment led to improved recovery of perceived muscle soreness as well as improvements in muscle function parameters such as maximum voluntary contraction force (MDF) and electromechanical delay (EMD) during isometric contraction.

 

Other benefits of PEMF therapy for post-workout recovery

PEMF therapy can offer several other benefits for post-workout recovery, including:

Reduced Muscle Soreness: PEMF therapy has been shown to reduce muscle soreness and stiffness after exercise. Following intense exercise, muscles can become swollen, and tissues may not receive the necessary oxygen and nutrients. PEMF therapy helps to alleviate soreness by decreasing lactic acid and swelling in muscles.

It also enhances blood flow to the affected muscles, which aids in the removal of waste products and reduces inflammation.

Increased Energy and Stamina: When your body is exposed to PEMF therapy, it absorbs the electromagnetic waves and converts them into electrical energy. This electrical energy stimulates the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in the cells, which is the primary energy source for cellular activity.

By increasing ATP production, PEMF therapy provides the cells with more energy, which may lead to increased stamina.

Relaxation: The slow and gentle frequency emitted by a PEMF machine may help your brain and muscles relax, leading to a calmer nervous system. The pulsed waves may also simulate a gentle massage-like sensation, providing a sense of relaxation.

Better Sleep: Regular PEMF sessions also promote better sleep, which is crucial for post-workout recovery. By reducing stress and promoting relaxation, PEMF therapy helps improve sleep quality and duration, allowing your body to repair and recover more effectively.

 

Takeaway

By incorporating PEMF therapy into your recovery routine, you can take your workout sessions to the next level. It is an effective way to alleviate soreness and help you feel better in no time. Therefore, if you want to elevate your fitness game, it is important to take recovery as seriously as your training. With Sentient Element PEMF therapy, you can achieve just that!

Don't let soreness hinder your fitness goals. Try incorporating PEMF therapy into your post-workout recovery routine today.

 

References

1. Cadossi R, Massri L, Racine-Avila J et.al. Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Stimulation of Bone Healing and Joint Preservation: Cellular Mechanisms of Skeletal Response. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2020;4(5):e19.00155. PMID: 33970582

2. Jeon H-S, Kang S-Y, Park J-H et.al. Effects of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy on delayed-onset muscle soreness in biceps brachii. Randomized Controlled Trial. 2015;16(1):34-39. PMID: 24906295

3. Thomas AW, Graham K, Prato FS, et.al. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial using a low-frequency magnetic field in the treatment of musculoskeletal chronic pain. Pain Res Manag. 2007;12(4):249-258. PMID: 18080043

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