NormaTec: The Secret Weapon for Athlete Recovery

NormaTec is an innovative tool for enhancing recovery from a wide range of athletic endeavors.  Initially used by elite athletes in endurance sports, NormaTec is quickly spreading among all fitness levels as a clean, simple, yet very effective recovery tool.

Moveo Sport and Rehabilitation Center has recently acquired this innovative treatment tool. The patient wears two full-legged boots, which are pumped with air in a given pattern. The generated compression massages the lower limbs to increase circulation, reducing inflammation and edema. This speeds up the repairing of microtrauma to tissue, which occurs during workouts.

NormaTec works by intermittently using massage and compression to increase circulation in the lower extremities.  The increased circulation reduces inflammation and edema, and repairs micro trauma to the tissues from high levels of fitness.  It uses the body’s own defense and repair systems to improve circulation and heal the body between workouts, training, or races.

NormaTec is unique from other compression pumps. It uses its patented Sequential Pulse Technology that imitates normal physiology. Unlike traditional compression therapy that uses one single pressure, NormaTec uses a dynamic pulse. This mimics and enhances the body’s natural muscle pumps. It propels fluids up and out of the legs, flushing the limbs of inflammation. And while the pulsing pressure works its magic in one area, there is a static pressure held just below. This mechanic is similar to rolling up the end of a toothpaste tube. It prevents backflow and accumulation of fluid in the bottom area, allowing maximum pulse pressure to work the fluid up. This copies the action of the one-way valves in our veins.

NormaTec was originally developed to help medical patients with circulatory or edema issues recover more quickly and fully.  It is still used widely in medicine to aid recovery from disease, injury, and surgical procedures.  Its effectiveness as an athletic recovery tool has become apparent in more recent years, and the newer NormaTec Sports Medicine version is designed especially for athletes.

Moveo Sport and Rehabilitation Centre is pleased to offer NormaTec as a part of their treatment options for anyone dealing with fitness related micro trauma, pre/post training recovery, and any physiological condition that involves inflammation or edema.

Gary Robbins, a local elite endurance athlete, used NormaTec most recently in preparation for the H.U.R.T. 100-mile run in Hawaii. He smashed his old course record, finishing strong with a time of 19:35.

“I have been experimenting with the NormaTec for a few months now, having seen that it was used by numerous Olympic athletes in London. So far I use it via Moveo once a week and I schedule my hardest run of the week around my ability to access the NormaTec. The chamber style set up of the compression that flushes out the legs has certainly contributed to much less DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and hence faster recovery times and the ability to train harder after a big effort.”

“What I truly love about the NormaTec though is that you don’t have to do anything but sit there and let it work away on your legs. I usually bring in a book or read my favorite blog for the thirty minutes of recovery. I use it every week and I’m saving up for my own so that one day I can hopefully use it on a daily basis. Anything that shows up on Olympic athletes, and medal winning Olympians at that, is certainly something that I want in my own personal repertoire!” – GR

The Canadian National Cycling Team has also been lucky enough to use NormaTec as a regular part of their racing as recovery over the past few years:

“BMX racing is a very high intensity, and high consequence sport. In order to train and perform at my best I put my body thought a lot! It is no surprise then, that a visit to Moveo Sports and Rehab Center is a regular occurrence for me. Dr. Jenn Turner and the rest of the staff make Moveo such a positive and fun environment. They have such a wealth of knowledge in so many different areas and are always on the leading edge with research and technology. Before or after my treatments I often use the Normatech recovery pants for a full lower body flush. Having the opportunity to use this equipment not only makes my legs feel great, but it also allows Jenn more time to work on the areas that really need it.
Thanks for keeping me on top, especially when I end up up-side-down!”

Mischa Partridge
Canadian National BMX Team

BMX pic

Moveo chiropractor and owner Dr Jenn Turner works with the Canadian Olympic cyclists. Here is the bronze-winning Team Pursuit Cycling team enjoying the wonders of NormaTec between races at the 2012 London Olympics:


Moveo will be offering a FREE NORMATEC WEEK April 29th to May 3rd, 2013. Thirty minute NormaTec treatments will be offered free of charge all week, on a first come-first served basis. There are limited appointment times, so call soon! Regular treatments are $10 per session.

To book your free appointment, call Moveo at 604-984-8731.

Learn Myofascial Release Techniques with Ceilidh Beck at Moveo

The off season for running, paddling, triathlon and many other sports is the BEST time to get your body back in order and ready to train for the next season! Join the experts at MOVEO and Coach Ceilidh Beck in this 1.5hr recovery session where you will learn comprehensive information about in-depth myofascial releasing techniques complemented with mobility exercises.

Myofascial release “rolling” has been growing in popularity, but few people know what’s right for their body. Rolling is a speedy way to recover, gain flexibility in stubborn muscles, and improve aerobic capacity – that’s right, it improves aerobic endurance.

Don’t miss out on this excellent session and give your body the best start to its off-season recovery.

  • Date: Saturday, November 24, 2012
  • Time: 9:30am – 11:00am
  • Max Participants: 10-12, space is limited!
  • Cost: $45, includes participant handouts.

Call our office now on 604.984.8734 to book your spot – this will sell out!

Learn Myofascial Release Techniques With Ceilidh Beck



Promote Healing and Recovery Using a Foam Roller

A hot topic in today’s rehabilitation world is “rolling.” There are lots of products out there all designed with the same goal in mind, to loosen tight muscles. But what exactly does rolling do? How does it help muscles and tissues recover?

A 1.5hr recovery session where you will learn how to use myofascial release ‘rolling’
to recover more quickly, gain flexibility and increase aerobic capacity.

Like massage, rolling can soothe sore muscles, increase local circulation and loosen muscle spasms and adhesions. Rolling can also help release metabolic waste products and toxins that become trapped in the connective tissue as a result of exercise. Rolling can affect the Golgi Tendon Organs (GTO), which allows the muscle to relax.Foam rolling may induce some touch-induced analgesia (the feel good/better sensation) and may induce some mild tissue injury in order to stimulate healing of that tissue. At this point, scientific evidence to back up foam rolling is scarce, but the anecdotal evidence is pretty convincing. Expansion of the theories regarding benefits of other soft tissue treatment techniques, such as those supporting Active Release Techniques (ART), massage therapy and others, support the process of foam rolling.

A common question, is when should rolling occur?There is no right answer to this question. It’s typically guided by when the athlete feels best doing it, and when they respond best to doing it. Rolling can be used as part of the athlete’s warm up to help increase local circulation to the muscle, but also to activate the nervous system. Some athletes feel more comfortable doing their rolling combined with light stretching after training, which can facilitate blood flow to the area and encourage the removal of metabolites or by-products of exercise that can be damaging to the muscle.

The best way to tell if the rolling is in the right area is if the area is a little sore when you are rolling. This doesn’t mean find the areas of searing pain, which can be a nerve or blood vessel, since those structures can be damaged or injured with too much pressure.

Rolling is best done in the direction of the muscle and the pressure should be uncomfortable, but not too painful. It is beneficial to hold the pressure lightly in one spot when a sensitive area is found. Foam Tolling should never cause bruising. You should feel better, not worse, after a foam rolling session.

  • Recently injured areas
  • Circulatory problems such as diabetes
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Bony prominences/joints

Despite what many people think, foam rolling is not comparable with myofascial release. This is a common claim of some of the tools used for rolling, but it is not true. Myofascial release requires movement of the actual tissues in order to break down the fibrosis that has developed between the muscle layers. Any technique where the load contact glides over skin cannot achieve this.Don’t use the rolling in place of an actual certified therapist, but instead use rolling as an adjunct to help your therapist keep your body in action and injury free.

Dr. Jenn Turner.

Foam Rolling Workshop at Movéo this Saturday!

Movéo is hosting a Roll, Recover, Regenerate workshop on Saturday 20th October to teach correct foam rolling technique. Ceilidh Beck will take participants through a 90 minute session training you on rolling techniques and flexibility exercises. Click here for more information about the workshop, and Book Your Spot Today by calling us at 604.984.8731.