The Science of SPRYNG™
Uncomfortable, aching calf muscles have long been fixtures of a life lived in the fast lane but with SPRYNG™, a pioneering active compression device, we aim to get you back to your best in no time.
What is Active Compression?
When you exercise strenuously, micro-tears can appear in the muscles. Your body not only repairs the damage in these muscles but remodels them into larger, stronger versions of themselves so they are more adept at working out next time. It’s a nifty way your body heals that means you can keep pushing yourself to the next level, but the short-term effects of this can be uncomfortable: unhappy limbs and swollen, inflamed muscles.
Active compression helps to combat this by aiding blood circulation through using external pneumatic compression. This effectively pumps blood towards the heart, reducing the intramuscular space available for swelling and helping to promote the stable alignment of muscle fibers.
In other words, compression stimulates the muscles into replicating their usual action, resulting in less muscle injury, swelling and soreness. Muscle repair time is also reduced, helping to improve athletic performance. Active compression also assists in dispersing the lactic acid accumulated as a byproduct of anaerobic respiration and may also have potential benefits for injury prevention and management. Active compression induced changes in tissue blood flow and perfusion also appear to result in improved oxygenation to muscle tissues.
Why is this so important?
It goes without saying that the human body is a complex thing and the circulatory system is no different. It’s composed of three separate circuits: coronary, pulmonary and systemic. The coronary circuit is the network of arteries and veins that supplies blood to the cells of the heart whilst the pulmonary circuit carries blood to and from the lungs.
The rest of the body is served by the systemic circuit. Oxygenated blood, known as arterial blood, is carried away from the heart by arteries and distributed around the body via capillaries as needed. Once all the oxygen, hormones and nutrients have been absorbed, venous blood (darker due to the lower content of oxygen) is returned to the heart via a complex network of capillaries, veins and valves.
Blood returning your heart is essentially fighting gravity, relying on muscle pumps to reach its destination. About 90% of the venous blood returning to your heart from your legs is through the action of calf muscle pumps. Weakened or injured muscles are less effective at doing this job, which can result in blood pooling.
Although it can happen when seated for long periods, blood pooling in the legs is particularly prevalent when we exercise as blood is diverted to the working muscles from other organs in the body. It’s a clever way of ensuring the working muscles receive all the oxygen they need, but means that our calf muscles have a higher volume of blood to disperse when our workout is finished. Loitering blood is linked to the onset of the dreaded post-exercise swelling and muscle soreness, plus a delayed recovery time. Sadly, this swelling can worsen with age as our muscle bulk reduces and calf muscle function decreases. Known as venous insufficiency this can result in blood pooling in the legs, which in turn can lead to swelling and uncomfortable, aching legs.
So how does SPRYNG™ help?
SPRYNG™ is different to other active compression devices on the market. It contains an innovative, patent-pending WaveTech® compression pattern that prevents leg swelling through improving blood circulation in the body. It does this by mimicking the skeletal muscle pump that occurs following strenuous exercise, aiding in the return of blood to the heart so swelling and muscle injury is reduced.
We’ve also developed the device to also help aid in dispersing lactic acid build up and increasing oxygenation to tissues, meaning that the recovery period needed by your body between workouts is shorter.
Basically, it’s like a band aid, fixing you up so you can sneak in a bonus round anywhere, any time. This is because it’s portable and can be used on the go whenever is convenient for you.
But SPRYNG™ doesn’t just benefit gym bunnies. For those who sit for extended periods of time, circulation can slow; cue blood pooling, legs swelling and a higher risk of varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis occurring.
Because SPRYNG™ helps to prevent this the risks associated with sitting are reduced, so you can forget about aching legs after long plane journeys or hours spent behind a desk.
The Benefits of SPRYNG™
- Accelerated recovery from athletic activities in just 15 minutes
- Reduced muscle soreness and fatigue to keep legs healthy & fresher
- Improved blood circulation to rid leg swelling, recover faster and perform better
- Induced lactic acid flush out and oxygenation to muscle tissues to make you game-ready faster