NormaTec Compression Therapy
What is Compression Therapy?
Bioengineer and rehabilitation physician Laura F. Jacobs MD, PhD, founded NormaTec Compression Therapy in 1998, to aid patients with circulatory related conditions. Compression Therapy uses a sophisticated air pressure sequence that works in relation to the body’s circulatory system which enhances movement of the lymphatic system and blood flow.
How does Compression Therapy Work?
The lymphatic and circulatory channels are essential for the movement of oxygenated blood and fluids throughout the body. When fluid accumulates for a long period of time in one area, it can cause pain, disease, and discourage blood flow and recovery. Dynamic compression stimulates lymphatic movement and blood flow reducing inflammation, clearing deoxygenated blood and metabolic waste, aiding in the body’s natural recovery process. The increased blood flow also warms muscle tissue reducing tightness and soreness.
Arm, Hip, & Leg Compression Therapy
Targets hands, wrists, biceps, triceps, rotator cuffs, lats, and base of the neck.
Targets quads, hamstrings, IT bands, glutes, and lower back.
Targets knees, feet, ankles, legs, shins, and calves.
Uses a pulsing compression pattern to mimic the way muscles pump.
Veins and lymphatic channels have one-way valves to prevent fluid back flow. Compression therapy uses hold pressures to keep fluids from moving in the wrong direction.
This releases the hold pressures once they are no longer needed to prevent back flow.
What to Expect During Your First Treatment?
First you will experience a pre-inflate cycle. During this time, the sleeve will compress and release to mold to the exact shape of the body, allowing for perfectly precise pressure in each area. The session will then start compression patterns, which are similar to a massage session. Each zone will compress in a pulsing manner and releases. This will continue until compression to each segment of the sleeve has been completed.
Compression Therapy FAQ’s
Who would benefit from Compression Therapy?
Everyone, especially those who sit or stand for long periods of time or suffer from circulatory issues resulting from injury, surgery, or from a medical condition.
Are there any contraindications?
You should consult your physician if you have any of the following conditions: pulmonary edema, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, thrombophlebitis, atherosclerosis, congestive cardiac failure, infection, open wounds, contusions, abrasions, gangrene, a recent skin graft, dermatitis, malignancy, lymphangiosarcoma, bone fracture/break/dislocation, recent surgery or have stitches/sutures.
What do I wear during a session?
Remove shoes, empty pockets, clothes should be light weight and comfortable. If needed, we will provide light weight clothing for treatment purposes.
Will higher pressure provide better results?
Higher pressure does not induce a faster recovery. Results are achieved at low pressures.
Is Compression Therapy safe to do daily?
Yes, compression therapy can be done regularly.
Can you use Compression Therapy while pregnant?
Pregnant women have found relief from swelling and soreness while using Compression Therapy; however, we suggest consulting with your physician.