For who? Competitive athletes, tactical athletes, physical therapists, chiropractorss
For what? Rehabilitation, recovery
Athletes, military personnel, public safety officers, and weekend warriors occasionally experience torn or strained biceps. KAATSU the Original BFR can significantly and quickly help these types of injuries.
They feel a sudden burst of pain in the upper arm near the shoulder and sometimes hear a “popping” sound as the tendon tears. The injured individual also can experience weakness in their shoulder, a bruising on their upper arm, a significantly reduced inability to move or rotate their arm, a change in the appearance of the bicep (like it is “popped out”), or muscle spasms.
The KAATSU Cycle 2.0 is the easiest and most convenient equipment to use and help the muscle repair itself while experiencing no muscle atrophy or long-term loss of strength.
Before using the KAATSU Cycle 2.0, be well-hydrated before starting. Ideally, you should frequently sip small amounts of fluid 30 minutes before you start and have clear urine to be properly hydrated – as opposed to guzzling down water in large amounts just before starting.
Always follow the standard KAATSU protocols (i.e., always have good capillary refill within 2 – 3 seconds with no occlusion and no numbness).
The standard KAATSU guidelines are as follows:
- If the injured muscle, arm or shoulder hurts significantly, do not do KAATSU on the injured side; only do KAATSU on the other three limbs.
- If the injured side can withstand the pressure of KAATSU Arm Bands without pain, then apply KAATSU Air Bands only on the injured limb.
- Always start with – and only do = the KAATSU Cycle (i.e., 8 cycles of 30 seconds of increasing pressure + 5 seconds of no pressure on the KAATSU Cycle 2.0)
- Never continue KAATSU on the injured arm if there is any pain or numbness on that arm.
The standard recommended KAATSU protocol is as follows:
- Do 1-3 KAATSU sessions daily (e.g., morning, mid-afternoon and/or evening) – both on the arm and both legs.
- Do 3-6 KAATSU Cycles per session.
- On the KAATSU Cycle 2.0, start each KAATSU session with arm in the GROUP mode / LOW level. Either sit comfortably, stretch, or do rehabilitation movements (as recommended by your physical therapist) with the KAATSU Arm Band.
- Continue with the GROUP LOW level if appropriate on the second cycle. But increase the pressure – if possible – to the GROUP mode / MEDIUM level.
- Continue with the GROUP MEDIUM level if appropriate on the third cycle. But increase the pressure – if possible – in the GROUP mode / HIGH level.
- Continue with the GROUP HIGH level if appropriate on the fourth cycle. But increase the pressure – if possible – in the PRO mode / LOW level.
- Continue with the PRO LOW level if appropriate on the fifth cycle. But increase the pressure – if possible= in the PRO mode / MEDIUM level.
- Continue with the PRO MEDIUM level if appropriate on the sixth cycle. But increase the pressure – if possible= in the PRO mode / HIGH level.
- Always adjust the levels as appropriate for your own body.
- While you are doing the KAATSU Cycles, you can also do standard physical therapy exercises:
- Avoid overhead lifting or exercises while you are healing.
- Gently bring the palm of the hand on your injured side up toward your shoulder, bending your elbow as much as you can. Then straighten your elbow as far as you can. Repeat.
- Raise your injured arm out to your side and place the thumb side of your hand against a wall with your palm down. Keep your arm straight. Rotate your body in the opposite direction of your raised arm until you feel a stretch in your biceps. Hold and repeat.
- Stand and hold a water bottle in your hand. Bend your elbow and bring your hand with your palm up toward your shoulder. Hold and slowly straighten your arm and return to your starting position.
- Stand with your injured arm hanging down at your side. Keep your arm straight, bring your arm forward and move towards the ceiling. Hold and repeat.
- Repeat this same process with your legs. You can either sit comfortably, stretch, or walk (easily or vigorously) with the KAATSU Leg Bands while doing the KAATSU Cycles. KAATSU’s effects are systemic so you will also benefit from KAATSU Walking or any KAATSU exercise on your lower body.