When was NormaTec first introduced?
NormaTec was founded in 1998 by Laura F. Jacobs, MD, PhD, a physician bioengineer, in response to a desperate need for new technology to rapidly and non-invasively treat circulation-related disorders. In 2002, the company introduced the NormaTec PCD (Pneumatic Compression Device), an FDA-cleared medical device that yields highly effective clinical results for patients with peripheral vascular diseases. After hearing reports from athletes that they were using their NormaTec Systems for workout and performance recovery (not just acute injuries), NormaTec started its Athlete Technologies division in 2007. Today, many of the world's best athletes regularly use their NormaTec Recovery Systems for maximum performance recovery.
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, realized this fundamental principle when she developed and patented the Sequential Pulse pneumatic waveform. Unlike more simplistic compression patterns, Sequential 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. Through these mechanisms, the NormaTec Recovery System maximizes circulation throughout the body to help you train harder, recover faster, and perform better.
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. On the other hand, the NormaTec Recovery System uses Sequential Pulse Technology to increase circulation and blood flow.
What makes NormaTec Recovery Systems better than other compression pumps on the market?
Compression technology has been around for decades in both static and simple dynamic forms. But the Sequential Pulse Technology found in NormaTec Recovery Systems takes dynamic compression to a new level. This unique pneumatic waveform, which is exclusive to NormaTec products, is designed to externally compress the limbs in a way that mimics normal physiology, featuring a sophisticated pulsing, gradient, and distal release compression pattern. Initially developed for medical patients with severe circulatory and peripheral vascular disorders, the NormaTec Recovery System is now the most effective recovery tool for athletes who want maximum performance recovery.
When and for how long should I use my NormaTec system?
The NormaTec Recovery System can be used both before and after exercise, whether it is routine training or high-level competition.
Before exercise, the NormaTec acts as a high-tech massage to warm up your muscles. Pre-workout sessions are generally 10 to 20 minutes long with a moderate intensity level.
Using the NormaTec Recovery System after intense exercise will significantly speed up your recovery process, allowing you to train harder and perform better. We recommend jumping in your NormaTec boots within a few hours after exercise to expedite your recovery process. Post-workout recovery sessions are generally 20 to 60 minutes long with a moderate to high intensity level (it is safe to pump as long as you want). Sit back, relax, and enjoy the high-tech massage found only in a NormaTec Recovery System.
Is there anyone who should not use the NormaTec system?
acute pulmonary edema; acute thrombophlebitis; acute congestive cardiac failure; acute infections; deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots; episodes of pulmonary embolism; wounds, lesions or tumors at, or in the vicinity of, application; where increased venous and lymphatic return is undesirable; bone fractures or dislocations at, or in the vicinity of, application.