JOINT/TISSUE COMPRESSION


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donnie-treatment“The human body heals itself by blood flow, nutrition, and circulation. Ligaments, tendons and joints have less efficient and abundant blood flow as compared to muscles. The human body being more than 70% water, operates in a fluid medium. That fluid is blood.” With the introduction of Joint/Tissue Compression in the form of a neoprene wrap tightly secured to the aching joint, healing and relief may begin simultaneously. The wrap should be applied tightly, restricting blood flow and forcing¬† accumulating fluids out of the ligaments or meniscus, or bursa (prepatellar bursitis). Compress for approximately 30 to 45 seconds while the joint is slowly articulated through normal flexion and extension along the transverse plane, parallel to the floor if standing, and along the sagittal plane if laying down on the floor. This form of rehab has worked for myself on many occasions and was introduced to me by Donnie Thompson (above photo). Donnie worked for Progressive Sports Physical Therapy in West Columbia, South Carolina. He was also the Strength and Mobility Director. Donnie is a strength athlete and former World Record holder in Powerlifting.