How to improve your recovery – Part I

How do you improve your recovery……..?

One method is: Dynamic Compression

As a Personal trainer at Motion Fitness & Rehabilitation in a private gym in Canberra; I am always looking for ways that we can assist our clients with their recovery from session to session as well as from injuries and surgeries. Lets be honest, we all have injuries. Our goal as a gym/ fitness provider in Canberra is to help our clients maintain a pain free and active lifestyle for our clients as well as inform them how to train effectively to fit their lifestyle.

Hospitals around the world have used dynamic compression to prevent blood clots and to speed the healing of their patients after surgery for many years.  Researchers and Exercise Physiologists have now developed units that utilise this same principle of dynamic compression to help us all recover faster from whatever it is that we may be recovering from, whether it be a triathlon, or hours of working in your yard.  Motion Fitness & Rehabilitation are lucky enough to be one of very few gyms in the ACT area to offer a NormaTec “Dynamic Compression Recovery System”.

NormaTec is the leader in rapid recovery—it gives a competitive edge to the world’s elite athletes, coaches, and trainers. The reason we have branched out and created Normatec Canberra is we believe recovery should be an integral part of every clients training. One of the best attributes of Normtec is the ease of use. The systems is something that any client can use on their own, at their convenience which makes it an excellent way to accomplish better recovery.

The NormaTec PULSE PRO Recovery Systems are a dynamic compression device designed for recovery and rehab. There are 15 different pre-programed functions. All 15 programs in the patented NormaTec’s PULSE PRO system are to help you recover faster between training sessions and/or athletic performances.

The NormaTec system includes 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 up recovery. You will first experience a pre-inflate cycle, during which the connected attachments are moulded 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 your limb.

Dynamic compression was Created by a physician bioengineer years ago to enhance blood flow and speed recovery. The NormaTec Pulse PRO Massage Pattern employs the three key techniques to maximize your recovery:

PULSING: Instead of using static compression (squeezing) to transport fluid out of the limbs, Sequential Pulse Technology uses dynamic compression (pulsing). The patented pulsing action 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.

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

DISTAL RELEASE: 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.


As part of ‘Normatec Canberrra’ opening, Motion Fitness will be offering 30 minute sessions for $15 for the rest of May and June.  To schedule your appointment please stop by any of our 3 locations or call us on 0404 307 448.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at:


To learn more about this amazing recovery system check out these short videos on this links below: 

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