There is a limit to what the human body can accomplish. Even the most elite athletes and bodybuilders must take caution with how hard they push themselves. Otherwise, they end up undoing all progress in one fell swoop. For any passionate or goal-setting human being, finding ways to become more efficient and get more out of the day is something to strive for. If athletes are able to make the most of their training days and limit recovery time without risk of injury or exhaustion, they can spend more time out on the field, court, or gym. With NormaTec, athletes are able to do just that.
What is NormaTec?
NormaTec is a compression device that allows athletes or training enthusiasts to make the most of their recovery time and inherently maximize the effects of training and exercise regimens. Through pulse-controlled compressed air, the NormaTec massages limbs, enhances blood flow, and ultimately speeds up recovery.
How Does It Work?
The NormaTec starts off with a pre-inflate cycle that adheres the connected attachments to the exact shape of your body. Then the NormaTec compresses your hands, feet, or upper quad. Much like how a masseuse pushes on the skin and muscles and alternately pulls away, alternating pressure levels, the NormaTec follows a pattern of pulse compression and alternating release. This repeats for each segment as the compression pattern moves up the limbs.
NormaTec was created and developed by a physician bioengineer (MD, PhD) who saw room for improvement in on-the-market external dynamic compression tools. The Sequential Pulse Technology replaced compression pump healing allowing for more effective treatment of soft tissue injury and accelerated recovery.
The Difference That Makes All The Difference
The unique NormaTec pulse pattern imitates the more natural pump of the arms and legs. Static Compression, on the other hand, has more of a squeezing effect, still allowing fluid to transport out of the limbs but not nearly as effectively. The pulsing action of NormaTec allows fluid and metabolites to flow out of the limbs in a natural way that prevents fluid backflow.
The vessels and veins of the limbs are one-way roads that don’t allow for fluid backflow. The alternating pulse and hold pattern of NormaTec holds pressures so that fluid doesn’t run back in the wrong direction. Extended static pressure can tamper with the body’s natural circulation. The Sequential Pulse Technology releases the hold pressure for each zone so that each segment of the limb can get its maximum rest time.
Now you may be wondering what all of this really means in terms of human use. Sure, one can say and claim all of these things, but what sets NormaTec apart and the reason it has now become an industry standard is backed by research, research, research. The Journal of Strength &* Conditioning Research conducted two separate studies that both returned promising conclusions. The first was conducted in 2015 and studied the PPDC (peristaltic pulse dynamic compression) in reducing the pressure-to-pain threshold of Olympic athletes after morning training. The results showed that the unique pulse pattern is a promising way to improve and accelerate recovery. The other study was to investigate the effects of PPDC on rang-of-motion or flexibility. Again, results indicated that PPDC allows athletes to reduce discomfort and shorten the time lapse normally needed between acute changes in range of motion. The PPDC technology has been studied by varying organizations for different hypotheses, all with positive results.
If you’re looking to improve and enhance your athletic potential, NormaTec proves that you can. With recovery taken to the next level, you can rest easy knowing that your limbs are healed properly before you train once more. Combined with the healing effects of Cryotherapy, you can truly be an elite being.