Cavitation is a complex word that refers to the process of bubble formation in a liquid. With the help of a cavitation machine it leads to intense pressure, including in medical devices like ultrasonic cleaners and ultrasonic scalers.
There are two types of cavitation:
Positive – Meaning that the bubbles form outward from the center; and
Negative – In which the bubbles form inward.
It’s true that many people recommend exercising after cavitation, but it largely depends on what type of cavitation you had. For instance, if you had positive cavitation (i.e. bubbles forming outward), then it’s probably recommended that you stop exercising immediately to prevent any additional damage to underlying muscle tissue. On the other hand, if you had negative cavitation (i.e. bubbles forming inward), then it might be a good idea for you to exercise afterward because the extra blood flow helps get rid of the internal damage from negative cavitation.
There is only one study done on the effects of cavitation on exercise, and it concluded that it has no significant effect on exercise performance or recovery. I’m also inclined to believe that any negative effects are outweighed by the positive effects of exercising after cavitation.
NOTE : For those who have severe cavitation, especially if you have a heart condition like Eisenmenger Syndrome (a condition in which bubbles form in your kidneys), then the milder form may not be safe for you to exercise after.
How do you get the best results after cavitation?
There are some things you can do to maximize the benefits of cavitation:
1. Follow the recommended recovery protocol. Usually, you would be advised to rest as much as possible, including eating lots of high protein foods to facilitate muscle repair.
2. Drink lots of water – upwards of 2+ liters a day – to help flush out metabolic waste products and speed up tissue repair. You may also be advised to do a water-only fast the day after cavitation.
3. Massage your muscles – especially the muscle groups you used in cavitation – for about a minute to help promote blood flow and accelerate tissue repair.
4. Do gentle stretching exercises for about 30 minutes per day, especially if you have negative cavitation (i.e. bubbles forming inward).
5. Avoid intense workouts for at least a few days after expending large amounts of energy (a marathon, or any other high intensity activity).
What precautions should be taken if I have cavitation?
First and foremost, it is important to understand that cavitation is associated with internal damage, so you should not exercise vigorously for about a week after cavitation for the same reasons as noted above. You may also be advised to do a water-only fast the day after cavitation. However, external damage (like abrasions) from cavitation would probably heal on its own with little or no effects from exercising.
If you have cavitation in your hand, you should be aware of some risks. Because they are so important, you should not perform any task which puts your hands under pressure – like weightlifting or gardening – for at least a week post-cavitation. The same rule applies to other body parts with thinner skin (i.e. the ankles). In fact, you should take extra care to avoid using those particular body parts for even light activities during this recovery period.
How long does it take to see results from cavitation?
The results of cavitation vary widely. For instance, it’s been reported in some patients that they receive significant pain relief within a few hours, yet in others it may take weeks. It’s important to remember that the time could be longer if you’re having cavitation in your hands. Still, most people experience pain relief within one month (although it may take longer with hand cavitation).
If you have cavitation, then it is highly recommended that you do not exercise vigorously for a week post-cavitation. However, there are no scientific studies done on the effects of cavitation on muscle performance and recovery, but anecdotal evidence suggests that a large number of people perform light exercise after the long-term use of cavitation.