Everyday running is fun and enjoyable. The body gets a good workout, fresh air and muscle stimulation. After my runs I am energised and feel no special need for recovery. That’s because my body got used to the routine and recovers quickly while I go on with my daily life. However, there come times when I give it that extra push, wether by going fast or long. That’s when a bit of muscle soreness shows up. So how to deal with it quickly and efficiently?
Delayed onset muscle soreness, or better known as DOMS, is the pain and stiffness felt in muscles after unaccustomed load had been placed on muscles, causing microscopic tears in the muscle fibers. Best healer of this is time, especially through sleep. But time is very valuable, and by many neglected. DOMS can last for several days, making it uncomfortable, sometimes painful to go on with daily activities, not to mention, training. Nutrition, active warm-downs, massages, and other techniques can be applied, but they too require time and support recovery in a proportionally small way. Time is needed for the body to get blood and nutrients to the effected areas and especially, to flush out the waste from those areas.
Enter Firefly into the equation. This little lightweight device painlessly stimulates the common peroneal nerve, activating the calf and foot muscle pumps. The activity is similar to walking or light cycling. Blood circulation is increased, which removes metabolic waste quicker. Hence, DOMS is reduced within 24 hours.
My Own Experiment
I gave Firefly a run for its money. Up to now, the longest distance I had run was a half marathon, 13.1 miles (21km). I decided to run 16.5 miles (27 km) followed by 6 miles (10 km) the next day – both competitive events. I ran both events at a pace under 8 mins/mile (5 mins/km). I used Firefly for 4 hours after the first event and 5 hours after second. Having run a half marathon 2 months earlier, I still felt soreness 4 days after the event. With Firefly, I felt same intensity of soreness the day after both events. This means, I have sped up,the recovery process by 3 days!!!
In today’s world, time is everything, and if recovery can be sped up in a natural way as it is with Firefly, we have more time to enjoy the activities we love and decrease chances of injury.
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