External dynamic compression – squeezing the extremities and limbs to flush toxins out of tired, sore muscles – is well known for its beneficial role in healing and recovery.
So it’s no surprise then that pneumatic compression equipment – the kind pioneered by NormaTec – is showing up in more chiropractic offices.
This technology, which utilizes compressed-air sleeves attached to the limbs, was developed by vascular expert and NormaTec founder Dr. Laura P. Jacobs in the late 1990s as a non-invasive way to treat circulation-related disorders. Athletes soon discovered it and put it to work to massage sore muscles and relieve pain and stiffness.
Now chiropractors are adding pneumatic compression to their service offering to better serve their patients.
Many practitioners, particularly those who cater to athletes, offer the therapy as a means of enhancing rehab efforts, improving athletic performance and speeding post-op recovery. And because the treatment increases bloodflow to affected areas, it also promotes tissue regeneration.
Compressed-air therapy even gives patients who aren’t hurt a reason to come to the office, since it can be offered as an injury-prevention measure, alleviating muscle tightness that can lead to injury. (A tight calf muscle, for example, can place extra stress on the Achilles tendon, putting a person at risk of tendonitis.)
So now – in addition to adjustment, muscle stim and ultrasound – chiropractors have another practical therapy to bring patients into their practice. And the beauty of it is that a NormaTec system enables the practitioner to provide all of these benefits without adds to staff.
How does it work?
NormaTec systems include a control unit and inflatable compression sleeves. Patients receive the treatment sitting or lying down, with the compression sleeves attached to the affected limb or limbs. As the attachments fill with compressed air, they mold themselves to the user’s exact body shape.
Then, in a specific sequence, the system begins applying compression (the user selects the intensity level), starting at the foot, hand or lower hip, and gradually progressing up the limb, pulsing, holding and releasing. This wavelike sequence is similar to the kneading and stroking of hands-on massage therapy.
The effect of this sequential limb massage pattern is to move fluid away and speed muscle recovery while also improving circulation.
Health and fitness professionals – among them NBA, NFL and elite NCAA trainers – have attested to NormaTec’s effectiveness in keeping their athletes strong and helping them bounce back from injury. Chiropractors are now joining in with their own praise.
“I use it on all my sports and athletic-oriented patients,” says Dr. Rob Silverman of White Plains, NY. “It’s fabulous for recovery and excellent for performance. Its sequential pulse technology squeezes out the exudates…allowing them to get dispersed and broken down.”
NormaTec systems make muscle recovery faster and easier, and provide multiple benefits. The massage-like function of this equipment can complement your adjustments by providing a rigorous therapeutic treatment without the need for additional staff.
If you’re interested in improving patient outcomes and creating an additional revenue stream for your business, you can learn more about NormaTec here.