NormaTec: Research Validating Peristaltic Pulse Dynamic Compression

NormaTec: Research Validating Peristaltic Pulse Dynamic Compression

The NormaTec Recovery Systems are dynamic compression devices designed for recovery and rehab. All of the systems use NormaTec’s patented PULSE technology to help athletes and patients recover faster between training, after performance and from injury.

The NormaTec systems include a control unit and attachments that 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 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 your limb.

NormaTec leg is a full-coverage attachment for the entire leg. It features overlapping zones (that guarantee gapless compression), high-quality nylon, and hassle-free integrated tubing. Compatible with the NormaTec PULSE and PULSE PRO recovery systems.

  1. NormaTec quick release connector. Compatible with the NormaTec PULSE and PULSE PRO recovery systems. Securely and easily snaps into the NormaTec hose. Connects with an audible click so you always know you’ve made a perfect connection.
  2. NormaTec compression zones—each zone overlaps with adjacent zones to guarantee gapless compression. Custom molds to your unique body shape every time.

NormaTec hip is a full-coverage attachment for the lower back, obliques, glutes, hamstrings, quads, adductors, and abductors. It features overlapping zones that guarantee gapless compression, high-quality nylon, and hassle-free integrated tubing. Compatible with the NormaTec PULSE and PULSE PRO recovery systems.

  1. NormaTec quick release connector. Compatible with the NormaTec PULSE or PULSE PRO recovery systems. Securely and easily snaps into the NormaTec hose. Connects with an audible click so you always know you’ve made a perfect connection.
  2. NormaTec compression zones—each zone overlaps with adjacent zones to guarantee gapless compression. Custom molds to your unique body shape every time.

The NormaTec arm is a full-coverage attachment for the entire arm and shoulder. It features overlapping zones that guarantee gapless compression, high-quality nylon, and hassle-free integrated tubing. Compatible with the NormaTec PULSE and PULSE PRO recovery systems.

  1. NormaTec quick release connector. Compatible with the NormaTec PULSE or PULSE PRO recovery systems. Securely and easily snaps into the NormaTec hose. Connects with an audible click so you always know you’ve made a perfect connection.
  2. NormaTec compression zones—each zone overlaps with adjacent zones to guarantee gapless compression. Custom molds to your unique body shape every time.

NormaTec Pulse Massage Pattern employs three key techniques to maximize recovery:

  1. PULSING:Instead of using static compression (squeezing) to transport fluid out of the limbs, Sequential Pulse Technology uses dynamic compression (pulsing). Our patented pulsing action more effectively mimics the muscle pump of the legs and arms, greatly enhancing the movement of fluid and metabolites out of the limbs after an intense workout.
  2. GRADIENTS:Veins and lymphatic vessels have one-way valves that prevent fluid backflow. Similarly, NormaTec Pulse Technology uses hold pressures to keep fluids from being forced in the wrong direction. Because of this enhancement, instead of tapering pressure off, the PULSE and PULSE PRO can deliver maximum pressure in every zone.

The NormaTec Pulse Massage Pattern starts in the foot, hand, or lower hip and moves upwards zone-by-zone massaging the limb and mobilizing fluid out of the extremities.

  1. DISTAL RELEASE:Because extended static pressure can be detrimental to the body’s normal circulatory flow, Sequential Pulse Technology releases the hold pressures once they are no longer needed to prevent backflow. By releasing the hold pressure in each zone as soon as possible, each portion of the limb gains maximal rest time without a significant pause between compression cycles.

 INDICATIONS FOR USE

The NormaTec Recovery System is an air pressure massage indicated to temporarily relieve minor muscle aches and/or pains and to temporarily increase circulation to the treated areas.

RISKS AND BENEFITS OF THE NORMATEC RECOVERY SYSTEM

The risks and benefits of using the NormaTec Recovery System are the same as having a massage. If the pressure feels uncomfortable, you can reduce the intensity or stop the session. Similar to a massage, the benefits can include the temporary relief of minor muscle aches and pains. It can also temporarily increase circulation in the area being massaged.

 

RESEARCH Validating NormaTec Technology

DYNAMIC COMPRESSION ENHANCES PRESSURE-TO-PAIN THRESHOLD IN ELITE ATHLETE RECOVERY: EXPLORATORY STUDY.

Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research 2015 May; 29(5):1263-72

“The purpose of this study was to assess peristaltic pulse dynamic compression (PPDC) in reducing short-term pressure-to-pain threshold (PPT) among Olympic Training Center athletes after morning training. […] We conclude that PPDC is a promising means of accelerating and enhancing recovery after the normal aggressive training that occurs in Olympic and aspiring Olympic athletes.” —view article on pubmed.

PERISTALTIC PULSE COMPRESSION UPREGULATES PGC-1Α AND ENOS IN HUMAN MUSCLE TISSUE.

Experimental Physiology 2015 May 15

“We investigated whether a single 60 min bout of whole-leg, lower pressure external pneumatic compression (EPC) altered select vascular, metabolic, antioxidant and inflammation-related mRNAs. […] An acute bout of EPC transiently upregulates PGC-1α mRNA, while also upregulating eNOS protein and NOx concentrations in vastus lateralis biopsy samples” —view article on pubmed.

PERISTALTIC PULSE COMPRESSION OF THE LOWER EXTREMITY ENHANCES FLEXIBILITY.

Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research 2014 Apr; 28(4):1058-64

“This study investigated the effects of peristaltic pulse dynamic compression (PPDC) on range-of-motion (ROM) changes in forward splits. […] PPDC provides a means of rapidly enhancing acute ROM requiring less discomfort and time.” —view article on pubmed.

PERIPHERAL CONDUIT AND RESISTANCE ARTERY FUNCTION ARE IMPROVED FOLLOWING PERISTALTIC PULSE COMPRESSION.

European Journal of Applied Physiology 2015 May 16

“The purpose of this study was to determine the acute effects of a single bout of peristaltic pulse EPC on peripheral conduit and resistance artery function. […] Acutely, whole limb, lower pressure EPC improves conduit artery endothelial function systemically, but only improves RH blood flow locally (i.e., compressed limbs).” —view article on pubmed.


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