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Sit Back, Relax, Recover!

January 28, 2020 / Abigail Cook / No Comments

It’s no secret that recovery is imperative for a runner, walker, biker, deep sea diver…you name it! We work hard to reach our goals and sometimes workout even harder. Recovering is a part of training that is equally important and productive than the workout itself! Although, if you’re anything like me, you are all about efficiency. I want to grocery shop faster, read faster, run faster, and recover faster!

“Anyone can train hard. Do you have the discipline to recover?”
Lauren Fleshman

Playmakers now offers NormaTec recovery sessions to all customers. The NormaTec is built to increase circulation, conquer sore muscles, and tackle your goals with, the ultimate recovery for the efficient recoverers out there! Here is some more information about how the NormaTec can help aid your recovery.



Instead of using static compression (squeezing) to transport fluid out of the limbs, NormaTec Pulse Technology uses dynamic compression (pulsing).

NormaTec’s 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 maximal rest time without a significant pause between compression cycles.

Backed By Science:

NormaTec started as a medical company—science is in their DNA. They are always working with researchers to study and develop the effectiveness of their patented technology. It is a clinically proven method to increase circulation, reduce soreness, and help athletes perform at their best every day.

Increase Range of Motion
Perstaltic pulse dynamic compression rapidly enhances acute range-of-motion with less discomfort and time
Lessen Pain Sensitivity
Perstaltic pulse dynamic compression is a promising means of accelerating and enhancing recovery by reducing muscle tenderness from pressure stimuli
Pulse Compression as a Treatment for DOMS
A 30-minute treatment of Pulse compression increases blood flow in the lower extremeity, possibly making Pulse compression a viable option in the management of exercise-induced muscle damage (DOMS)
NormaTec Upregulates PGC-1a and eNOS
A 60 min bout of whole-leg, peristaltic pulse compression transiently upregulates PGC-1a mRNA, while also upregulating eNOS protein and Nox concentrations in biopsy samples
Clear Metabolites Passively
Intermittent pneumatic compression significantly lowers blood lactate concentrations when compared to a passive recovery group
Decrease Muscle Fatigue After Acute Exercise
External pneumatic compression increases flexibility and reduces select skeletal muscle oxidative stress and proteolysis markers during recovery from heavy resistance exercise. 
Gene Expression in Human Muscle Tissue
Perstaltic pulse compression appears to upregulate rpso and downregulate Stat1, which may facilitate positive adaptive responses to exercise. 
Improve Endothelial Function
A single bout of perstaltic pulse compressin improves conduit artery endothelial functon systematically and improves RH blood flow in compressed limbs.

Ready for recovery?

Join us for a recovery session after a run or bring a laptop during your lunch break! We have coffee and latest issue of Runners World ready to go!

Reserve a time slot today for a session with the NormaTec Recovery Sleeves

(This is not a product purchase. This is to reserve a time slot to use the NormaTec Recovery Sleeves at Playmakers).

Abigail Cook

Abigail is a part of the “think tank” at Playmakers and a conquerer of miles in Greater Lansing. One of the best pieces of advice that Abigail heard when she began running was that taking recovery seriously makes a good athlete…even better. If you need to reach Abigail, you can find her sipping coffee, working on her laptop in the NormaTec chair.

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