After each training session or athletic event, athletes engage in recovery therapy to prepare their bodies for the following routine or upcoming competition. Sports Recovery Annex offers several different therapies tailored to each athlete’s needs.

Why is Recovery Therapy Essential?


Recovery therapy is almost as important as the training itself. Athletes need recovery therapy to let their muscles heal before they start again. If an athlete abruptly ends their training or jumps into the next session without recovery, they increase their risk of injuries and create more stress, which takes a toll on their mental health.

During athletic recovery treatments, the muscles relax, lose tension and remove built-up lactic acid to relieve pain and soreness. This enables the athlete to enjoy the rest of their day and get a good night’s sleep. They’ll also take time to relax, so they don’t overexert themselves mentally or physically.

What Are the Best Athletic Recovery Techniques?

New advancements in technology enable trainers to target specific muscles and experiment with different techniques. Your options for athletic recovery therapy include:

  • Cupping. Cupping eases muscle tension and improves blood circulation to help athletes recover after their workout. A professional attach cups to the athlete’s skin during a cupping session. These cups create a suctioning effect that lifts the skin away from the muscles, removing toxins and speeding up the recovery process.
  • Marc Pro therapy. With a Marc Pro unit, a professional attaches electrodes to the athlete’s muscles, then uses the machine to produce Dynamic Decaying Wavelengths that relieve soreness, decrease swelling and encourage recovery. This technique also eliminates built-up waste and lactic acid.
  • Graston therapy. The Graston technique uses small tools to apply strokes and pressures to different parts of the body, relieving pain and stimulating collagen production. The tools create microtrauma that stimulates the healing process without damaging tissue.
  • NormaTec therapy. NormaTec devices compress parts of your body, increasing blood flow to the muscles. This flushes out lactic acid, improves flexibility, relieves soreness, and reduces inflammation, allowing you to recover faster.
  • Cryotherapy. Cryotherapy is the more intensive version of placing a cold pack on sore muscles. During cryotherapy, the athlete stands in a chamber that surrounds their body with cold air. The process encourages the body to release endorphins and slows cell metabolism, which gives them more recovery time.
  • Massage therapy. Regular massages improve blood flow, which relieves tightness and soreness. The stimulation makes muscles more flexible and prevents injuries from strenuous training. Massages also relieve stress, helping athletes relax after a long day.

Visit Sports Recovery Annex for Athletic Training

Contact Sports Recovery Annex to learn more about our recovery therapy options. Order services individually, or sign up for a membership to get monthly services and benefits. We serve athletes throughout the Jacksonville, Florida region.