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About NormaTec

About the NormaTec Pulse Technology What is NormaTec? NormaTec is the leader in rapid recovery—our systems give a competitive edge to the world’s elite athletes


What Does NormaTec Recovery Do?

The NormaTec PULSE Recovery Systems are dynamic compression devices designed for recovery and rehabilitation. NormaTec is the leader in rapid recovery; our systems give a competitive edge to the world’s elite athletes, coaches, and trainers. Our goal is to establish recovery as an integral part of everyone’s training, and that is exactly what NormaTec systems do. NormaTec boots work by using our patented PULSE technology to help athletes recover faster between training sessions and after sports performances.


What Are Compression Boots / Sleeves?

Our systems include a control unit and attachments which go on the legs, arms, or hips. You may have heard the terms compression sleeves or recovery boots, but what do recovery boots do? Operated by the control unit, the recovery boots or sleeves use compressed air to massage your limbs, mobilise fluid, and speed up recovery. What sets NormaTec apart from other recovery systems is the Pulse Massage Pattern technology.


How Do NormaTec Boots work?

When you use our systems, you will first experience a pre-inflate cycle, during which time, the connected attachments are moulded to your exact body shape. The session will then begin by compressing your feet, and slowly moving up the legs. If you are using the arm or hip recovery system, it will start with your hands or upper quads. In a manner similar to the kneading and stroking of a professional sports massage, each segment of the attachment will 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 your limb.


The NormaTec Pulse Massage Pattern

The NormaTec Pulse Massage Pattern starts in the foot, hand, or lower hip and moves upwards zone-by-zone massaging the limb and mobilising fluid out of the extremities.

Created by a physician bioengineer (MD, PhD) to enhance blood flow and speed recovery, NormaTec Pulse Massage Pattern employs three key techniques to maximise your recovery:


Instead of using static compression (squeezing) to transport fluid out of the limbs, Sequential Pulse Technology uses dynamic compression. This patented pulsing action more effectively mimics the muscle pump of the legs and arms, greatly enhancing the movement of fluid and metabolites out of the limbs after an intense workout.



Veins and lymphatic vessels have one-way valves that prevent fluid backflow. Similarly, NormaTec Pulse Technology uses hold pressures to keep fluids from being forced in the wrong direction. Because of this enhancement, instead of tapering pressure off, the PULSE and PULSE PRO can deliver maximum pressure in every zone.


Because extended static pressure can be detrimental to the body’s normal circulatory flow, Sequential Pulse Technology releases the hold pressures once they are no longer needed to prevent backflow. By releasing the hold pressure in each zone as soon as possible, each portion of the limb gains maximum rest time without a significant pause between compression cycles.