NormaTec - The Ultimate Recovery Device to Increase Circulation and Improve Mobility
- Written by Heather Jeffcoat, DPT
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We are excited to announce the addition of the NormaTec PULSE Series to our treatment options!
NormaTec is the ultimate recovery device. The technology can increase circulation and improve mobility for those who work out regularly, are training for a competition or race, experience swollen legs from traveling frequently, stand for long hours on the job, or suffer from inflammation, sore muscles, or other circulatory issues.
NormaTec is used extensively in professional athletics and is utilized for both rehab and recovery by 97% of pro teams, as well as Olympic and elite athletes across a broad spectrum of sports. Plus, our pregnant and post-operative patients love the way they feel after a session!
The NormaTec PULSE Series is a pneumatic compression device that utilizes patented technology to increase circulation to the limbs. NormaTec was founded by a physician and bioengineer as a medical company to help treat circulatory conditions.
They later worked directly with top athletic programs to develop the NormaTec PULSE Series. Using NormaTec’s leg, arm, or hip attachments boosts blood flow and reduces pain and soreness. In addition to these benefits, studies show that NormaTec decreases inflammation, clears metabolites, and increases range of motion.
NormaTec pairs compression with a sophisticated massage pattern, employing three key forms of biomimicry, including pulsing, gradients, and distal release. The patented pulsing action uses dynamic compression, effectively mimicking the muscle pump of the legs and arms, to greatly enhance the movement of fluid and metabolites out of the limbs. NormaTec utilizes hold pressures similar to the one-way valves of veins and lymphatic vessels, preventing fluid backflow, and enhancing the natural circulatory flow. The distal release feature releases hold pressures once they are no longer needed, ensuring that each portion of the limb gains maximal rest time without a significant pause between compression cycles.
NormaTec is a clinically proven method to enhance recovery and reduce pain and soreness. The user will first experience a pre-inflate cycle, during which the attachments fill with air to calibrate and mold to their exact body shape. The session will then begin by compressing the 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 the limb. This stimulates blood flow, massages the muscles, and works in harmony with the body’s circulatory system to mobilize fluid out of the extremities and back up towards the heart.
We are currently providing this therapy during our patient's regular treatment times, and are not yet offering this as a stand-alone service -- but check back in the future for updates!
See the Normatec in Action:
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