KAATSU can be used extremely effectively and efficiently by millions of people – in creating physiological changes big or small.
When many elite coaches who work with professional and Olympic athletes start doing KAATSU, they are generally not initially interested in building raw power or strength. Rather, they are more focused on slight improvements in various key movements that are impossible to develop or enhance in the weight room. This focus on slight improvements in movements is also true with Olympic runners, swimmers, divers, skiers, bobsledders, gamers, shooters, fencers, MMA fighters, wrestlers, boxers, pionists, violinists, etc.
In other words, a few centimeters change in body position, hand movement, foot placement, hip agility, ankle rotation, or finger reaction speed can significantly help these athletes improve their level of performance. The coaches know that raw power and strength can be achieved in many different ways: in the weight room, with resistance exercises, and over many hours of intense training using a variety of equipment and methodologies. Of course, KAATSU can help in these areas, too.
But when KAATSU is used by very weak people, those with disabilities, paraplegics, quadriplegics, or amputees, the efficiency and effectiveness of KAATSU is a clear and evident outcome. Incremental improvements in their movements, strength, ability, balance, and coordination are quickly seen and appreciated. These slight improvements – over time – enables these individuals to dramatically improve their quality of life.
For example, if a person has a stroke and has lost their ability to legibly sign their name, put on makeup, or comb their hair, they use the Progressive KAATSU Cycle while practicing that particular movement. This repetition leads to their vascular tissue being engorged in blood and a robust hormonal response to be generated. This dual biochemical reaction in their bodies gradually enables them to achieve their quality of life goals.
In the same way, a competitive or elite athlete can make those incremental improvements in critically vital movements that are key to their success in whatever sport or activity they are focused on.
When a specific muscle, ligament, or tendon is injured, torn, ruptured, or sore, KAATSU users should always and only use the KAATSU Progressive Cycle mode and do some minor movement with that injured body part, if possible.
For a hamstring pull, for example, simple KAATSU Walking while doing KAATSU Cycle sets is most effective. Sitting still while doing KAATSU Cycle sets is also effective, but not optimal. If a KAATSU user cannot move their limb or body (for whatever reason), then the second option is to repeatedly contract the muscle.
If the muscle cannot be moved or contracted at all (for whatever reason), then the next best option is to move the other non-injured limbs. For example with a hamstring pull, the KAATSU user can apply KAATSU Air Bands to their legs or arms and focus on doing upper body exercises (e.g., biceps curls or turning the pages of a book).
In summary, KAATSU benefits and movements can either be big or small.