Normatec Compression Therapy:

Like cryotherapy, compression therapy has been around for decades as a medical treatment. NormaTec is one of the biggest compression therapy names in the market, and they started as a medical device company to treat a condition called lymphedema (chronic swelling).


Normatec Leggings Colorado Springs

We use compression therapy via Normatec Leggings at Nuwave Cryotherapy and Spa. The suits themselves are complex, but what they actually do is pretty straightforward: they’re compressing and decompressing, encouraging blood flow throughout the user’s bodies.


Your circulatory system delivers oxygen, nutrients, and hormones to every cell in your body. Simultaneously, this complex circuit removes metabolic wastes such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid, effectively flushing your system of toxins.

The idea behind compression therapy is that increasing blood flow to specific parts of the body, helps to speed up recovery, relieve pain, and improve athletic performance. There are several benefits while doing compression therapy, including:​

  • Reducing swelling and inflammation.

  • Speeding up muscle recovery 

  • Preventing delayed-onset muscle soreness 

  • Relieving muscle pain

  • Improving athletic performance

  • Increasing flexibility and range of motion

  • Removing exercise-related wastes, like lactic acid 

  • Decreasing muscle fatigue 


The NormaTec system is comprised of a control unit and separate attachments that can go either on the legs, hips, or arms. The most popular among runners and triathletes are the legs. The attachments use compressed air to massage your limbs and speed up recovery by mobilizing fluid from your limbs toward your core. Simply put, it is a massage compression device that combines three key elements to help with your health issues including sore muscles and improved blood flow. These elements include pulsing, gradient hold, and distal release which all play a part in body recovery:


  • The pulsing action is like muscle pumping, greatly enhancing fluid flow and relaxing limbs after intense exercise. 

  • Gradient hold exerts a constant pressure that keeps the fluids in check to avoid them being forced to one end of the limb. 

  • Distal release, on the other hand, prevents a flow back effects of the fluids as it releases holding pressure allowing the muscles to get ample resting time without pause.

​NormaTec has a patented massage pattern that is believed to be the most effective way to mobilize fluid in and out of the limbs, which is what creates that “fresh legs” feeling after taking the boots off. For example, wearing a knee sleeve won't produce the same results that NormaTec's "pulsing, distal release, gradient" method will. That's because the knee sleeve simply squeezes your leg above and below your knee, forcing blood and fluid away. When you take the knee sleeve off, blood rushes back to the area, thus inducing the benefits. A NormaTec suit, on the other hand, squeezes your legs in intervals and by section -- starting at your feet, the suit inflates intermittently to mimic natural blood flow.


You can try NormaTec leggings at your local Colorado Springs cryotherapy center, along with gyms and chiropractic offices. A session in the boots can vary in time, you can start seeing benefits in as little as 20 to 30 minutes.


A session in the NormaTec boots will start with a “pre-inflate cycle”. During this cycle, the attachments will be molded to the limbs exact shape. Once this session is complete (less than 90 seconds), the compression will start in your foot. Similar to the effect of kneading in a massage, each segment will first compress in a “pulsing” manner and then release. This compression pattern process repeats all the way up the limb.


Lymphatic vessels and veins have one-way valves that prevent fluid backflow. Similarly, the NormaTec system uses hold pressures to keep the fluid from moving in the wrong direction. The NormaTec Pulse Massage Pattern pulses and releases the hold pressures to prevent fluid backflow, working in partnership with the body's natural circulatory flow. Each portion of the limb gets maximal rest time without needing a large pause between rest cycles.


During this session of active recovery, there is increased blood flow, which delivers nutrients to your muscles and removes waste like lactic acid. It is a favored method for passive recovery, aka doing nothing. All you have to do is set the session time and level of compression and then press play. The boots inflate and squeeze through a series of zones from your feet to your hips to enhance blood flow. There is also a zone boost, in case there are parts of your legs that need extra TLC.


Here are a few more benefits of using the compression therapy leggings:

  • Decrease muscle recovery time: After intense training sessions, athletes and celebrities such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Usain Bolt, undertake normatec sessions and have reported that they feel refreshed and energetic afterward.

  • Reduce muscle soreness: With intense use during training or working out, muscles stiffen and tend to be sore, causing an uncomfortable sensation all over the individual’s body. The pulsing feature ensures the muscle is gently massaged to get rid of the soreness.

  • Muscle tension and inflammation are reduced: Gradient hold allows fluid flow in the body and in turn, flushes out any toxins that may have accumulated at the limb ends. This helps in avoiding water accumulation, inflammation, and swelling of muscles.

  • Increase blood circulation and flow: Normatec pants allow the steady flow of blood using the distal release feature. This improves better and more efficient circulation. Improved blood flow accelerates injury recovery and recovery from vigorous training and exercise.


Normatec is mostly used by athletes who have intense training sessions and need to recover quicker. Secondly, it is also for all those who spend most of their day on their feet like doctors or construction workers. Lastly, all those who suffer from poor circulation and varicose veins would also benefit from compression therapy, as it ensures no fluid accumulates in the limbs. No matter which category you fall into, it’s time for you to book your appointment and start feeling better!

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 Improved Muscle Recovery

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 Improved Muscle Recovery

 Reduce Soreness

❄ Decreased Inflammation

 Increase Blood Circulation

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$20 per session

 Improved Muscle Recovery

 Reduce Soreness

❄ Decreased Inflammation

 Increase Blood Circulation