NormaTec Compression Therapy

What is a Normatec?

VenturaCryo's 'Pulse' Compression Technology involves putting on a NormaTec compression suit and allowing it to massage your muscles until they are free from soreness or pain. Although this is new to the public, similar strategies have been used for decades to solve various tasks - the NormaTec suit is a specialty therapy device geared for those with chronic pain, injuries, mobility issues, or most often for serious athletes who just want to ditch the soreness and muscle pain so they can go out there for another hard work out or competition and 'just do it' as the Nike slogan goes.

 

NormaTec is the leader in rapid recovery—our systems give a competitive edge to the world’s elite athletes, coaches, and trainers. Our goal is to establish recovery as an integral part of every athlete’s training, and we feel NormaTec systems are the best way to accomplish that. The NormaTec PULSE Recovery Systems are dynamic compression devices designed for recovery and rehab. All of our systems use NormaTec's patented PULSE technology to help athletes recover faster between trainings and after performance.

 

Our systems include a control unit and attachments which go on the legs, arms, or hips. They use compressed air to massage your limbs, mobilize fluid, and speed recovery with our patented NormaTec Pulse Massage Pattern. When you use our systems, you will first experience a pre-inflate cycle, during which the connected attachments are molded to your exact body shape. The session will then begin by compressing your feet, hands, or upper quad (depending on which attachment you are using). Similar to the kneading and stroking done during a massage, each segment of the attachment will first compress in a pulsing manner and then release. This will repeat for each segment of the attachment as the compression pattern works its way up your limb.

 

 

Frequently asked questions

HOW DOES THE NORMATEC RECOVERY SYSTEM WORK?


Pulse Compression Therapy squeezes on your muscles causing blood flow to circulate. It's the same reason that many athletes wear compression pants and shorts for workouts, running, or as undergarments when competing. Less fatigue, better blood flow to the muscles, and less bouncing of the muscles as they relax and flex over-and-over again - that's what compression sportswear is all about. With Compression Pulse Therapy Technology, the NormaTec suit compresses and releases tension on the muscles through sequential squeezing, your body thus sends blood flow to each area being squeezed delivering oxygen and nutrients to the muscles. Air is pumped into the suit just like the blood pressure sleeves (Aneroid Sphygmomanometer) that doctors use to measure your blood pressure. Fighter pilots might liken it to the G-suits they wear for high-G maneuvers holding their blood from rushing to their feet causing them to black out, or the blood rushing to their head in negative high-G situations; known as a 'red-out'. When you use it, you will put on the pants, like you would "high-water" rubber fishing pants, only these pants squeeze as the air is pumped through them. The pants have five horizontal zones, each one 5-6 inches wide. The compressed air enters the suit (see #1 in the figure below) and is pumped into the zones (see #2 in the figure below) and released one at a time in sequence on your legs. This causes your body to send blood to each area as it constricts. Your body has no choice but to adapt to this new scenario and in doing so, the NormaTec does its magic. Although it's not really magic, NormaTec uses scientifically proven methods for optimal results. Now then, by sending blood to the area, then to the next it flushes out the lactic acid and rushes in your body's nutrient-rich blood to repair any muscle tears or damage. So, in essence, you get two therapies in one. Over time this helps increase blood flow in your body lowering your blood pressure, and the second benefit happens immediately, as it helps your body repair muscle tissue. It's quite ingenious technology the NormaTec medical scientists have come up with here. The system has 7 squeeze-levels available - and depending on your needs it can be set for maximum function. The low settings are like a soothing massage and the higher levels are really forcing your body to work hard to pump the blood. Beginners will want to stop at level 4-5. Seasoned athletes will occasionally choose level 6, and for short periods level 7.




WHAT CONDITIONS WOULD PREVENT ME FROM USING A NORMATEC?


The NormaTec Recovery Systems are FDA cleared devices that are safe for home use. However, people with the following conditions should not participate:

  • Acute deep vein thrombosis
  • Severe atherosclerosis or other ischemic vascular diseases
  • Severe congestive cardiac failure
  • Existing pulmonary edema
  • Existing pulmonary embolism
  • Extreme deformity of the limbs
  • Malignancy in the legs
  • Untreated limb infections/cellulitis
  • Limb fractures
  • Presence of Lymphangiosarcoma




WHY ISN'T THERE ICE IN THE NORMATEC RECOVERY SYSTEM?


Ice is a vasoconstrictor; it constricts your vessels and decreases blood flow. While this is beneficial in the acute phase of an injury to reduce immediate inflammation, in the long run, it actually impairs healing and recovery. On the other hand, the NormaTec Recovery System uses NormaTec Pulse Technology to increase circulation and blood flow.




WHAT MAKES NORMATEC RECOVERY SYSTEMS THE BEST?


Compression technology has been around for decades in both static and simple dynamic forms. But the NormaTec Pulse Technology found in NormaTec Recovery Systems takes dynamic compression to a new level. This unique pneumatic waveform, which is exclusive to NormaTec products, is designed to externally compress the limbs in a way that mimics normal physiology, featuring a sophisticated pulsing, gradient, and distal release compression pattern. Initially developed for medical patients with severe circulatory and peripheral vascular disorders, the NormaTec Recovery System is now the most effective recovery tool for athletes who want maximum performance recovery.




WHEN AND FOR HOW LONG SHOULD I USE MY NORMATEC SYSTEM?


The NormaTec Recovery System can be used both before and after exercise, whether it is routine training or high-level competition.
Before exercise, the NormaTec acts as a high-tech massage to warm up your muscles. Pre-workout sessions are generally 10 to 20 minutes long with a moderate intensity level.
Using the NormaTec Recovery System after intense exercise will significantly speed up your recovery process, allowing you to train harder and perform better. We recommend using your NormaTec within a few hours after exercise to expedite your recovery process. Post-workout recovery sessions are generally 20 to 60 minutes long with a moderate to high-intensity level (it is safe to pump as long as you want). Sit back, relax, and enjoy the high-tech massage found only in a NormaTec Recovery System.




WHO IS PULSE COMPRESSION THERAPY BEST SUITED FOR?


The NormaTec Pulse Compression Therapy is great for anyone with vein problems, as it exercises your veins putting them to work. It's also good for pregnant women to keep the blood flow circulating. Like other pneumatic medical compression devices, NormaTec helps people with diabetes keep blood moving. At VenturaCryo we want to return you and keep you in a perfect balance; Lifestyle, Health, Fitness. • Serious Athletes Football Players (college and professional) who beat their bodies up on the field during practice and games understand the value of Compression Therapy. Getting blood circulation to injured areas, sprains, and sore muscles mean quick recovery after a game and/or for tomorrow's practice session. Soccer players, tennis players, wrestlers, boxers, and mixed martial arts all report solid and positive results. But don't take our word for it, read the science behind it and talk to your friends who are serious hardcore athletes. LeBron James uses NormaTec, and let's face it after signing a $154 million four-year contract with the Lakers, he can use any therapy or sports recovery system in the world! He probably owns two of them in case one is being used by his limo driver? But jokes aside, most of the major teams in the NBA use NormaTec Compression Therapy. In fact, the Boston Celtics had it first as the technology came from the Boston Area biotech hub; https://www.nba.com/celtics/video/originals/normatec-111815 • Ironman Triathletes NormaTec is the 'official' sports recovery system for the famous 'Ironman Triathlon' and the athletes have giving Compression Pulse Therapy a double 'thumbs up'. Ironman athletes use it after hardcore training and after competitive events. The 2010 Ironman woman champion uses it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=160&v=f1q_YnqsQ6Y • Ideal for Cyclists and Runners Many Tour de California and Tour de France cyclists use the NormaTec Pulse Compression System for quick recovery after each stage and to get ready for the next. Yes, it's perfect for that, the perfect technology and application of NormaTec's Pulse Compression Science. Galen Rupp, the Olympic Medalist for the United States in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games uses it and even has a popular Internet video of him in his hotel room in the NormaTec Compression suit after the 2017 Boston Marathon where he had just finished 2nd. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCFvOFnLXXE A runner or cyclist with a specific injury or sore region can 'boost' the pressure in that zone, as the system's sequence moves up and down the leg. Yes, NormaTec has thought of everything, and it figures as is made and designed by physical therapist athletes with PhDs.




IS COMPRESSION THERAPY PAINFUL - DOES IT HURT?


On the lower settings (levels 1-3) the NormaTec Pulse Compression feels like a massage, literally like someone is giving your legs a nice massage. Of course, the NormaTec has 7-levels, and until you are used to it, level seven is not recommended for more than a couple of minutes. Once you get used to using it, you should be able to handle levels four and five without any problem, and at those levels you are really doing your tired and sore muscles a great service. You should feel about the same amount of force as a deep-tissue massage at that point. Our VenturaCryo Technicians will keep you comfortable while the Pulse Therapy is doing its magic returning your body to a pain-free state.

If you are a competitive soccer player, wrestler, body-builder, football player, cyclist, or you name the sport that requires that level of muscle strength from your legs - you should be able to handle level 5-6 without much problem and eventually you will ask for the highest level, SEVEN.

Okay so, the answer to the question above is; NO, it does not hurt, unless you want it to, and in that case you can request a higher level. You WILL notice the difference, and quickly understand why there are so many levels with the NormaTec Pulse Compression Technology. You see, the goal here is to reduce pain, not cause it. We will quickly help you find your pain threshold and back off that level to a comfortable place where YOU will get the most benefits.




WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF COMPRESSION THERAPY?


Compression Therapy stops acute and chronic swelling for those with injuries medical situations or intense relentless workouts day-after-day. VenturaCryo's 'pulse' Compression Therapy reduces soreness almost immediately by giving the muscles the blood flow they need, thus the nutrients to repair the muscles from micro-tears that come with hard workouts.

Most serious and professional athletes will tell you, that; "It's all about shortened recovery times," and heavy-duty workouts without the lasting soreness. Going into an event, competition or another workout already sore from the previous just makes your body feel beat-up, but going into a workout or competition virtually fresh, allows you to "kill it" as they say, perform your personal best, and put numbers on the scoreboard. These are the main benefits, although everyone comes away with some positive testimonial, something personal that makes them a believer in the NormaTec Pulse Compression Therapy Technology. What will that be for you? At VenturaCryo, we can't wait to find out.




WILL NORMATEC IMPROVE MY ATHLETIC PROWESS?


Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, and some of the top athletes in the country swear by it. Most will recommend NormaTec brand by name. Yes, there are some copy-cat companies making similar products, but they are not using the NormaTec patented 'Pulse' compression technologies. Not only is the science behind the NormaTec Compression Therapy sound, but many athletes prefer this method to other methods of fast recovery. This is why we at VenturaCryo have invested in the best for our customers; the NormaTec patented 'pulse' massage technology. If you attend any Runner's Expo, which is common to large city Marathons during the registration 'bib' pick-up time, you will see NormaTec giving free demos on Compression 'Pulse' Therapy, and it makes perfect sense, because when you are running a marathon, your legs will feel like lead, then rubber, then like they are broken - needless to say the pain, purple toes, and soreness can last for days. Ultra-runners (30K to 100-mile off-road trail racers) report that the first thing they want to do when they finish the race is to get into their NormaTec compression system and booties. These runners have learned that it's the fastest way to be able to legitimately walk again without falling over with a severe leg muscle cramp.




CAN COMPRESSION THERAPY BE USED IN PLACE OF EXERCISE?


Theoretically, the answer is yes, but indeed, this isn't what it is made for. Perhaps you've seen the belly straps that 'compress and retract' on TV infomercials which claim to reduce fat and thus, help you get six-pack abs? Yes, devices like these can help with body-sculpting, but the NormaTec is several generation ahead of that older technology and really nothing takes the place of a good workout, so the NormaTech Compression Therapy is used for muscle soreness recovery for which it is highly suited. Anytime you use your muscles or force our body to work them you are making them stronger, and the NormaTec will help build muscle as you recover, but that's not what it is designed for, rather the technology and theory with NormaTec is to allow an athlete to workout hard and recover faster so you can withstand tomorrow's workout or at least start tomorrow's workout with full agility and free from pain.




CAN I USE COMPRESSION THERAPY IN CONJUNCTION WITH CRYOTHERAPY?


Hard to say for sure, but if we consider how both technologies work on the human biosystem - it would make sense to do CryoTherapy first, then wait 20-minutes, maybe walk 1 mile around the mall and come back to VenturaCryo and jump into the NormaTec suit. Why? Well, just as you wouldn't go to a workout until 20-minutes after CryoTherapy. In this case, you'd only slightly be using your muscles during the walk and then you'd be ready to get into the NormaTec. Of course, you could do CryoTherapy, and then set the NormaTec suit on a lower level of one or two, slowly massaging your legs for 20-minutes (level one or two, about the same as walking) and then up the NormaTech level to the optimum, but a couple of levels below your pain threshold - set it there for 30 more minutes and we suspect your body would be fully and completely recovered for your next challenge, whatever that might be. We think if you do this, your body is going to love you for it. Perhaps you need to tell us the difference, how it feels to you after doing both. We'd be glad to put your testimonial on our VenturaCryo website. Also, just for reference; most of the major Sports teams use both technologies - Whole Body CryoTherapy (and localized CryoTherapy), and NormaTec Pulse Compression Technology Therapy. Maybe these professional sports teams know something but aren't telling, keeping it a secret. As of yet, no research studies can confirm or deny why these professional athletes use both types of therapy and swear by both technologies.




EMPIRICAL SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND REFERENCES:


1.) "Dynamic Compression Enhances Pressure-to-Pain Threshold in Elite Athlete Recovery: Exploratory Study." Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research 2015 May; 29(5):1263-72.

https://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Fulltext/2015/05000/Dynamic_Compression_Enhances_Pressure_to_Pain.15.aspx

2.) "A single bout of whole‐leg, peristaltic pulse external pneumatic compression upregulates PGC‐1α mRNA and endothelial nitric oxide sythase protein in human skeletal muscle tissue." Experimental Physiology 2015 May 15.

https://physoc.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1113/EP085160

3.) "Peristaltic Pulse Compression of Lower Extremity Enhances Flexibility." Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research 2014 Apr; 28(4):1058-64.

https://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Fulltext/2014/04000/Peristaltic_Pulse_Dynamic_Compression_of_the_Lower.25.aspx

4.) "Peripheral Conduit and Resistance Artery Function are Improved Following Peristaltic Pulse Compression." European Journal of Applied Physiology 2015 May 16.

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00421-015-3187-8

5.) "An Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Device Reduces Blood Lactate Concentrations More Effectively Than Passive Recovery after Wingate Testing." Hanson et al., Journal of Athletic Enhancement 2013, 2:3.

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5771b8974402436bd3227f8e/t/57744352f5e2313851ca14df/1467237205669/Journal_of_Athletic_Enhancement_Lactate_2013.pdf

6.) "Effect of Lower Limb Compression (NormaTec) on Glycogen Resynthesis." NA Keck - 2012 - scholarworks.umt.edu

https://scholarworks.umt.edu/etd/1396/

7.) Vein Magazine article: "Applications of Pneumatic Compression Therapy for Venous Abnormalities," by Tim Demers, MBA, Medical Nurse.

https://www.veindirectory.org/magazine/article/industry-spotlight/applications-of-pneumatic-compression-therapy-for-venous-abnormalities

8.) Dissertation; "Effect of Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (IPC) on Glucose Regulation and Inflammation in Type II Diabetes," by Nagy, Caitlin Sandra

https://etd.ohiolink.edu/pg_10?0::NO:10:P10_ACCESSION_NUM:csu1525784446631762

9.) PT Aligned - article; "No Pain, More Gain? Exploring Active Recovery," March 10, 2016 by Dr. Leon Scott, MD, CAQ, faculty member in the Vanderbilt Department of Orthopaedics. Article cites; 15 additional research papers.

http://news.meyerpt.com/physical-therapists/no-pain-more-gain-exploring-active-recovery/

10.) Master Thesis - Exercise Science - University of Toledo: "The effect of compression recovery pants on cycling performance," by George Henry and James Thorp.

http://utdr.utoledo.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2874&context=theses-dissertations





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