NormaTec is the leader in rapid recovery — the systems give a competitive edge to the world’s elite athletes, coaches, and trainers. The goal is to establish recovery as an integral part of every athlete’s training, and NormaTec systems are the best way to accomplish that. The NormaTec PULSE Recovery Systems are dynamic compression devices designed for recovery and rehab. All of the systems use NormaTec's patented PULSE technology to help athletes recover faster between training and after the performance.
The systems include a control unit and attachments which 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 the 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 your 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 to your limb.
Marc Pro is a cutting-edge electronic muscle stimulation device that helps muscles recover faster and reduces pain, allowing professional and everyday athletes to perform and feel their best. The patented technology takes active recovery to the next level with non-fatiguing muscle activation, flushing out waste and delivering nourishment to any target area with ease. This is the foundation of recovery, conditioning, and feeling your best.
Exercise or strenuous activity causes tissue damage and metabolic waste in the area. Marc Pro is able to flush out that waste more quickly and speed the delivery of nourishment to the area accelerating the body’s natural recovery process.
This is accomplished through unique, strong, but completely non-fatiguing muscle contractions that set off a cascading series of physiological events. This is called a Muscle Activated Recovery Cascade, or MARC® for short. The process includes nitric oxide production, vasodilation, increased flow, and with repeated use angiogenesis.
The information below will explain more about how muscle recovery works and why Marc Pro is the ideal method to improve recovery.
Cold therapy (cryotherapy) promotes vasoconstriction and reduces blood flow, reduces inflammation and edema (swelling), decreases muscle spasms, decreases metabolic demand, and safely relieves pain without narcotics.
Cold therapy is used immediately following acute injury or surgery and as needed thereafter.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a process in which the clinician uses a set of handheld instruments to break down the scar tissue and fascial restrictions in soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and nerves).
Once the damaged areas are detected, the instruments are used to deliver a controlled microtrauma to the affected area. The purpose of the microtrauma is to stimulate a local inflammatory response, which initiates reabsorption of excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities. Adhesions within the soft tissue that may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, or repetitive strain, are broken down, allowing the patient to regain function.
Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This can relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It can also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue. People use cupping to complement their care for a host of ailments and conditions.
During a cupping treatment, a cup is placed on the skin and then heated or suctioned onto the skin. The cup is often heated with fire using alcohol, herbs, or paper that are placed directly into the cup. The fire source is removed and the heated cup is placed with the open side directly on your skin. Some modern cupping practitioners have shifted to using rubber pumps to create suction versus more traditional heat methods.
When the hot cup is placed on your skin, the air inside the cup cools and creates a vacuum that draws the skin and muscle upward into the cup. Your skin may turn red as the blood vessels respond to the change in pressure.
With dry cupping, the cup is set in place for a set time, usually between 5 and 10 minutes. With wet cupping, cups are usually only in place for a few minutes before the practitioner removes the cup and makes a small incision to draw blood.
After the cups are removed, the practitioner may cover the previously cupped areas with ointment and bandages. This helps prevent infection. Any bruising or other marks usually go away within 10 days of the session.
The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio® Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. The Kinesio® Taping Method is a therapeutic taping technique not only offering your patient the support they are looking for, but also rehabilitating the affected condition as well. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Kinesio® Tex Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affects forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.
Dry needling is a modern treatment designed to ease muscular pain. Its popularity is growing. During dry needling, a practitioner inserts several filiform needles into your skin. Filiform needles are fine, short, stainless steel needles that don’t inject fluid into the body. That’s why the term “dry” is used.
Practitioners place the needles in “trigger points” in your muscle or tissue. Dry needling is also sometimes called intramuscular stimulation. The points are areas of knotted or hard muscle. Dry needling practitioners say the needle helps release the knot and relieve any muscle pain or spasms. The needles will remain in your skin for a short period of time, often between 10 and 30 minutes.
Rehabilitation personalized to you and your goals. If you are in the late stage of the rehabilitation process, we can make functional to your sport, position, or personal goals.
Series of exercise, stretching, and neuromuscular training to reduce the risk of injuries and re-injuries. We recommend scheduling an appointment twice a week. A group injury prevention program is available (3 or more people required).
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) prevention
- Shoulder instability / overhead injury prevention
- Ankle stability training
- General soccer-related injury prevention
- Other programs upon request
National Academy of Sports Medicine created a program to evaluate the movement dysfunction which will lead to injury and pain. This program can be utilized for people with existing pain or athletes with a good physical condition who want to improve their performance while minimizing injury risks.
Upon movement evaluation, we can identify some over-active (tight) muscle groups and under-active (weak) muscle groups. We will then treat the overactive muscle groups to relax and treat the under-active muscle to contract. Finally, we will provide some exercise to correct your dysfunctional movement.
Your shoulder, neck, or lower back pain may be caused by a poor posture. Upon posture evaluation, we will provide you with the most beneficial posture exercise based on Japan Core Conditioning Association program. We recommend you to schedule an appointment twice a week.
Scars can cause limitations on facia and skin movement. With advanced treatment using manual therapy, Dry Needling, or Kinesio Tape, we may reduce your scar to restore the lost movement at the scar site. Whether you have scars that cause pain and discomfort or scars that you want to get make it less visible for cosmetic reasons, we can help you. We recommend you to schedule an appointment once a week over four weeks to see the maximal result.
Scar management should not be done until 3 - 6 weeks after the wound is completely closed. We do not perform Dry Needling over the scar until 12 weeks after the date of injury/surgery.