The NormaTec PULSE Recovery System is best pneumatic compression system on the market for passive recovery. It does all the work while you relax in our anti-gravity chairs after your workouts.
Studies have shown that 20 minutes of rest in the NormaTec boots is equivalent to performing active recovery workouts in reducing delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and in improving performance in subsequent workout sessions. It has multiple settings you can use depending on your individual preference and workout intensities. It is a 20 minute post workout massage without the cost, oils, and appointments. Check out the research behind pneumatic compression following workouts at NormaTecRecovery.com.
Trigger Point Release Tools
As we train and overwork muscles, some muscle fibers can become restricted or remain in a contracted state that can create a feeling of stiffness, tightness, and can be tender to the touch. The medical term for these muscle “knots” is myofascial trigger points. They are thought then to collect waste products and become inflamed as a result of the constant contraction, causing the pain and other symptoms.
If we continue to train and workout these trigger points, they can become worse. Studies have shown that massage, pneumatic compression, and trigger point release tools are all very effective at decreasing the frequency and intensity of these trigger points. Using these various trigger point release tools you are able to improve circulation to those areas and decrease restrictions within the muscle fibers in order to improve function and decrease episodes of pain or inflammation.
Electrical stimulation for recovery has been around for years, as a tool to help improve circulation which in turn helps reduce the lactic acid buildup in muscles that create soreness and prevent us from training. It is another tool that will aid the body with it’s natural process. As you work out and your muscles swell, it can cut off circulation to your smaller blood vessels, called capillaries. Metabolic waste products can then back up in the muscles and valuable nutrients can’t get in. The electrical stimulation unit causes small contractions and relaxation cycles to your muscles, creating a pumping action on the blood vessels within them, enhancing their blood supply. This helps assist the body in removing excess fluid from the muscles, improving circulation to help repair damaged muscle cells during training, and also has shown to reduce the effect of muscle soreness.
Ultrasound has been a modality used in physical therapy and rehabilitation clinics since the 1940s as a tool that enhances blood flow to injured areas by increasing tissue temperature and circulation. It is also thought to improve healing times of tissues as well as stimulate the production of more collagen, which is the main protein component in soft tissue such as tendons and ligaments. Although there is mixed results in research studies, athletic trainers and physical therapists continue to use this modality based on personal experience from patients and athletes alike.
Infrared Light Therapy
Infrared light therapy works by delivering visible and invisible infrared wavelengths to your cells which are then absorbed by photoreceptors. Once absorbed, this light energy then starts a series of metabolic events, stimulating the body’s natural processes on a cellular level. The increased cellular metabolism also increases local blood flow, allowing the parts of the body to receive the oxygen and nutrients they need in order to function more effectively. Regeneration of damaged tissues is then stimulated with subsequent decrease in inflammation and pain.
G-Force Vibration Plate
Whole Body Vibration (WBV) therapy has been around since the ancient Greeks began using it to treat various injuries. But it wasn’t until the Russians began using vibration to treat their cosmonauts due to the bone and muscle loss they observed with spending time in space that it began being studied for all of it benefits. Vibration therapy allowed their cosmonauts to spend considerably more time in space then our astronauts. And then when the Russians began using it to train their Olympic athletes in the 1960’s they began to win, and win. And the world noticed. Since the 90’s it has been gaining in popularity since more and more research is now coming out on the benefits, and the risks. Below are the benefits associated with WBV. The risks of WBV are mostly associated with using the plate for > 30 min per day or at high intensities beyond the recommended dose which is why we have established specific protocols for your safety and benefit.
The benefits of WBV therapy:
- Improved muscle activation, power, flexibility, and control
- Decrease bone loss (osteoporosis)
- Helps with weight loss
- Increased circulation
- Improved balance
- Improved postural stability
The Kinesio Taping® Method is a taping technique that uses a specialized elastic adhesive tape that is applied to the skin in order to facilitate your body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints. The tape is Latex-free, hypoallergenic, and wearable for days at a time through showers and athletic events.
Kinesio Tape alleviates discomfort and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation, reducing pressure while enabling a more effective flow of blood and lymphatic fluid in and out of the target area.” – kinesiotaping.com
To get Kinesiotaping you must schedule with Mike or Brett
Trigger Point Dry Needling
Dry Needling is a skilled intervention used by licensed physical therapists for the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction. It involves the insertion of a thin filiform needle to stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points. The number of needles ranges from one to several needles depending on the area. In some places the needles are immediately removed, in other cases the needles are left in for 5-10 minutes. In most cases you feel no pain or a small pinch as the needle goes through the skin and then you may also feel a muscle twitch as we stimulate the trigger point of the muscle. After removal heat is then applied to the area followed by exercises to further stimulate circulation and muscle re-activation. After needling you may also feel sore in that muscle for 24-48 hours following, similar to if you had a deep tissue massage.
To schedule a dry needling treatment you must schedule an appointment with Mike
Therapeutic Cupping is an ancient form of therapy in which a local suction is created on the skin to mobilize fluids and decrease fascial restrictions in order to promote healing and tissue repair.
Dead cellular debris, toxins, stagnate blood flow and excess fluids that can build up with intense training or poor postures can be trapped in your muscles creating pain and/or dysfunction that can easily turn chronic if left untreated. The goal of cupping is to draw these fluids out of their unhealthy tissue and then drained through your lymphatic system.
Cumulative Cupping treatments increase muscle endurance, circulation, lung capacity, lymphatic drainage and health maintenance during strenous activities. Many professional athletes incorporate it into their training to enhance their overall performance, agility and ability to recover from their sports.
To schedule a cupping treatment you must schedule an appointment with either Brett, Mike, or Erin