NormaTec Recovery System

Intermittent pneumatic compression is a therapeutic technique used in the NormaTec Recovery system that includes an air pump and inflatable auxiliary sleeves, gloves or boots in a system designed to improve venous circulation in the limbs of individuals who are looking to improve muscle recovery from strenuous training, postoperative recovery, decrease symptoms of lymphedema, reduce swelling and improve flexibility.

In use, an inflatable boot, jacket or sleeve encloses the limb requiring treatment, and pressure lines are connected between the jacket and the air pump. When activated, the pump fills the air chambers of the jacket in order to pressurize the tissues in the limb, thereby forcing fluids, such as blood and lymph, out of the pressurized area. A short time later, the pressure is reduced, allowing increased blood flow back into the limb.

The primary functional aim of the device “is to squeeze blood from the underlying deep veins which, assuming that the valves are competent, will be displaced proximally.” When the inflatable sleeves deflate, the veins will replenish with blood. The intermittent compressions of the sleeves will ensure the movement of venous blood.

Sequential compression devices (SCD) utilize sleeves with separated areas or pockets of inflation, which works to squeeze on the appendage in a “milking action.” The most distal areas will initially inflate, and the subsequent pockets will follow in the same manner.

The NormaTec Recovery System Can Aid In the Following

Muscle recovery from intense training


Improve post-operative recovery


Improve flexibility


Increase circulation


Enhance pressure-to-pain threshold in elite athlete recovery


Prevention of blood clot formation and peripheral inflammation in the legs after surgery


Chronic Lymphedema in the arm


Sounds good, right?

Here’s some research to back up our claims.


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.”

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.”

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”

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).”


Is there anyone who should not use the NormaTec system?

Contraindications for using NormaTec Recovery 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.


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