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Environmentally Friendly Leg Recovery-Michael Gillan Ultra Marathon Recovery Specialist

The environment and its degradation is a hot topic


The environment and how to reduce our footprint on it is an important topic being discussed
amongst many people at the moment, and rightly so
There are many ways put forward on what the individual can do to minimize their contribution
and at the same time reduce the costs of adding to the greenhouse effect-these can mean
using the car less and taking public transport where necessary, turning off electric appliances
when they are not in use, changing the light globes in the house to more efficient ones
An area that many people who work on relieving aching fatigued legs using manual recovery
systems such as massage can make a difference is by changing to an environmentally
friendly system that does not need any oil

Look at the photo above-how many towels and bottles of oil do you see?

None because the latest in non-polluting, non-technical method of leg recovery techniques is
being used

All over the world every weekend there are sporting events-and people getting
their legs worked on after a hard week of abusing their legs through their
occupations-all need recovery but have to use oil as a lubricant to prevent
friction burns on the skin
The sporting areas of leg recovery would include people who work at sporting events such as
marathons, football, cricket, fun runs, baseball games, soccer, and most other sports that
involve dynamic activity where the legs are made to work particularly hard and the muscles
become sore and fatigued
In the occupation area there are doctors, nurses, shop workers, factory workers, teachers-the
list of people who get aching legs goes on

An environmentally friendly way of recovering the legs


This is known as ‘passive’ recovery-waiting for the body to recover itself

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A local survey revealed that most people who suffered from aching legs would use an
‘environmentally friendly’ method of recovering their legs after the legs became fatigued but
they were unaware that any method other than laying down with the legs elevated existed

The reason for having the legs elevated is to let the fluid and used blood that may have built
up in the lower legs and ankles flow back to the body through the veins-this allows fresh blood
to be carried into the muscles through the arteries

Most of them though were too busy to use this although it is ‘environmentally friendly’ so
those that needed some aching leg relief had to use the oil methods presently in use
When using massage oil and working on the muscles, the imprint on the environment is
increased
There are towels to be washed and this uses

• Electricity-think atmospheric pollution-power stations-coal-smoke-carbon emissions-


nuclear energy

• Water-after every event think washing machines-water used

• Washing powder-soap and grease going down the drain and floating out into the rivers
and oceans
The secret to an ‘environmentally friendly’ leg recovery

The calf muscle pump


The calf muscles act as the motor for a pump to take it from the feet back to the body against
gravity through the venous system where it is re-nourished and recirculated-but to be working
they have to move.

Once you figure out how it all works you have an environmentally friendly
recovery system

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Results from 1995 Coburg 6 day footrace

Name Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6


A Krouglikov 237.2 113.6 130 106 126 108 Kilometers
539 284 325 365 315 270 Laps

T Rusek 215.2 98.8 98 139.6 138.4 122.4 Kilometers


538 247 245 349 346 306 Laps

M T aylor 174.4 128.8 143.6 123.6 138.4 122.4 Kilometers


436 322 359 309 302 223 Laps

B Beauchamp 180.4 133.2 124 117.6 110 93.2 Kilometers


451 333 310 294 275 233 Laps

P Gray 150 134 105.2 94.8 111.6 106 Kilometers


375 335 263 237 279 265 Laps

D Parri s 138.4 108.4 106.8 116.4 106 107.2 Kilometers


346 271 267 274 265 268 Laps

I Davis 168 119.2 90 116.4 106 107.2 Kilometers


420 298 225 291 180 247 Laps

G Watts 132.2 96.4 99.2 104.4 92.8 133.6 Kilometers


328 241 248 261 232 334 Laps

C Young 142 91.2 90 97.6 88 92 Kilometers


355 228 225 244 220 230 Laps

D Kettle 138.2 86.8 90.8 95.2 94.4 84.4 Kilometers


332 217 227 238 236 212 Laps

R H ill 128 80.8 99.2 70 95.6 96.6 Kilometers


320 202 248 175 239 241 Laps

K Fisher 164 91.6 50 115.2 49.6 81.2 Kilometers


410 229 125 288 124 203 Laps

G Pollard 120 74.8 73.6 68.4 69.6 61.2 Kilometers


300 187 184 171 174 153 Laps
The above group came in for Light Manual Muscle Rel axation
The below group did not or had their own recovery people
T Rafferty 141.6 112.8 104.8 101.6 98 96.4 Kilometers
354 282 262 254 245 241 Laps

G McConnel 145.6 110.8 126.4 113.6 108.4 106 ki lometers


363 277 287 284 271 265 Laps

G Audley 152.8 110.8 126.4 113.6 114.8 95.2 ki lometers

S Scanlon 140.8 82 84 34 0 0 Kilometers


352 205 210 85 pulled out-bli sters Laps

J Timms 127.2 98.4 74.8 0 0 0 ki lometers


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Once you have done that you can achieve the kind of results as shown by the
chart above without enlarging your environmental footprint

The active way to help the legs recover is to learn how to work with the muscles
If you can use your hands you have the tools to do the job of recovery

Quickly-easily and in an environmentally friendly way!

For more information go to

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