When we think about athletic training, we usually think about grueling workouts, seemingly endless reps, and sweat, lots of sweat. But smart athletes know that a strong post-workout recovery is just as important as the training itself.
Recovery is, as the name implies, the period of time your body needs to get back to its normal state. When you work out, your heart rate increases (especially during cardio) and muscles strain and experience micro-tears (especially during strength training). Once the workout is completed, your heart rate immediately starts to decrease and your muscles need fuel to begin repairing. If you’re an athlete, or if you just want to increase your fitness level, your recovery period is an essential ingredient to improving your sports performance.
Stereotypically thinking about recovery, we think about doing a little light exercise, hydrating, and eating protein and vitamin-rich foods shortly after a workout. At Shakthi Health & Wellness Center, however, we offer two holistic therapies that we have found to improve the efficiency of the recovery period, and thus improve our patients’ athletic performance.
Intravenous Nutrient Therapy:
Sports drinks make millions of dollars selling their products to professional, semi-professional and athletes, promising hydration and near-instant recovery. Of course, many of these products are full of sugar, colorants, and other ingredients that don’t promote healthy living, much less healthy recovery.
At Shakthi, we offer Intravenous (IV) Nutrient Therapy, which is healthy and offers long-lasting effects. This therapy involves injections of vitamin and mineral solutions intravenously. This treatment is a powerful way to enhance absorption of vital nutrients into the body, promoting a faster and healthier recovery.
The benefits of IV Nutrient Therapy include:
- Correcting nutritional and biochemical deficiencies
- Improving the function of cells and the immune system
- Protecting cells from damage
- Decreasing inflammation
- Detoxifying the system
One of our most popular methods for athletic recovery is the infrared sauna. Not only is the heat relaxing, but it has also been proven to improve blood circulation and muscle relaxation.
While most saunas rely on steam or heating rocks, at Shakthi, our infrared sauna uses light to create heat. This unique experience helps with muscle recovery, aids with toxin elimination, joint, muscle, and tissue pain relief. Infrared saunas are effective in reducing stress, increasing metabolism and boosting the immune system. It reduces the appearance of cellulite and gives the skin a glowing appearance with results in as little as 15 minutes.
At Shakthi, our integrative medicine approach is supported by years of research, allowing for the use of numerous forms of therapy aimed at treating the body as a whole to help you reach optimal health and healing. By combining the very best therapies for healing, proven practices and modern medicine, we are better able to help relieve chronic pain, reduce stress, restore well-being and transform the resilience of our patients.
If you’re an athlete at any level who wants to improve your performance, or if you just want to learn more about our services, schedule an appointment for a consultation or call today at 301-703-5067.