What is Normatec
NormaTec Compression Therapy is a treatment modality that uses pulse massage patterns to boost recovery. The dynamic compression device uses compressed air to massage limbs, mobilize fluid, and fight inflammation. Limbs are inserted into sleeves that are inflated to compress the muscles. The compression system then pulses up the limbs, squeezing pain-causing fluid & lactic acid out of them. The limbs are then replenished with fresh blood, stimulating recovery.
Peristatic pulse dynamic compression rapidly enhances acute range-of-motion with less discomfort and time.
Peristatic pulse dynamic compression is a promising means of accelerating and enhancing recovery by reducing muscle tenderness from pressure stimuli.
External pneumatic compression increases flexibility and reduces select skeletal oxidative stress and proteolysis markers during recovery from heavy resistance markers.
How does the NormaTec Recovery System work?
The most important element for effective compression is the massage pattern. NormaTec’s founder, Laura F. Jacobs, MD, PhD, a physician bioengineer, realized this fundamental principle when she developed and patented the Sequential PULSE Pneumatic Waveform. Unlike more simplistic compression patterns, NormaTec PULSE Technology is based on normal physiology, and it synergistically combines three distinctive massage techniques to speed the body’s normal recovery process: pulsing compression, gradients, and distal release.
What conditions would prevent me from using a NormaTec?
Do not use NormaTec if you have any of the following conditions:
– Acute pulmonary edema
– Acute thrombophlebitis
– Acute congestive cardiac failure
– Acute infections
– Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
– Episodes of pulmonary embolism
– Wounds, lesions, infection, or tumors at or near the site of application
– Where increased venous and lymphatic return is undesirable
– Bone fractures or dislocations at or near the site of application
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. Rather than ice, NormaTec Recovery Systems use our patented NormaTec Pulse Technology dynamic compression to increase circulation and blood flow.