61-year-old Military Veteran & Stroke Survivor Before & After KAATSU

For who? stroke victims, Baby Boomers, retirees, veterans, soldiers
For what? functional movement, mobility, flexibility, recovery

Before: Mitch’s Timed Up & Go on 15 December 2018

After: Mitch’s Timed Up & Go on 15 January 2019

Before Mitch started a KAATSU Cycle program at home on 15 December 2018.

After Mitch did 15 KAATSU Cycle upper body sessions over a 4-week period at home on 15 January 2019.

Mitch is a 61-year-old Marine veteran in Colorado who had an ischemic stroke 9 years ago at his home and 3 subsequent heart attacks. He is designated as a Do Not Resuscitate patient. His right side is nearly paralyzed, he has a torn right rotator cuff, he uses a wheelchair, his voice is significantly limited, but he remains overwhelmingly positive and is friendly with his neighbors. He has been treated by medical professionals and VA staff for the past decade. He regularly does a variety of physical therapy exercises and wheels himself around the neighborhood using his left arm.

Mitch has used KAATSU 3-4 times per week for last 4 weeks (beginning on December 15th 2018) in the comfort of his home, while using the KAASTU Cycle mode with the help of his 62-year-old wife and performing a variety of standard physical therapeutic movements.

Benefits (see videos above)

  1. Mitch’s fingers on his right hand are much more relaxed and flexible with a much looser grip.
  2. Mitch can move his right arm with significantly greater range of motion.
  3. Mitch feels significantly less pain in his right hand and arm.
  4. Mitch can now feel human touch throughout his right arm that he could not feel before.
  5. Mitch can complete a Timed Up and Go test 9% faster (1 minute 32 seconds vs. 1 minute 43 seconds).

KAATSU Recommendations

  1. Mitch should continue the same exercises he currently does with the KAATSU Air Bands on.
  2. Mitch can increase his use of KAATSU to twice per day: do KAATSU Cycle sets in the morning hours and do KAATSU Cycle sets as part of his 9:30 pm evening KAATSU sessions (currently doing evening only).
  3. Due to his improvement and increased strength and balance, Mitch can add KAATSU Constant to his evening sessions (i.e., detach the tubes and walk or do upper body movements in the KAATSU Constant mode for no more than 5-10 minutes while untethered).
  4. Mitch can practice handwriting with his right hand while conducting KAATSU Cycle sets on his arms.
  5. In order to develop greater strength and range of motion in his legs, Mitch can start ‘Prone Upper Leg Contraction and Leg Lift Exercises’ while conducting KAATSU Cycle sets on his legs while in the horizontal position.

KAATSU Advantages versus Traditional Physical Therapy

  1. Ease & Convenience of Use
    Mitch and his wife are non-medical professionals who quickly learned how to safely use KAATSU in the comfort of their home where Mitch can experience the benefits and convenience of KAATSU.
  2. Safety
    Despite having a stroke and 3 heart attacks and a torn rotator cuff, KAATSU is safely used by a 61-year-old veteran. This record is consistent with KAATSU’s usage in 32 countries around the world by over 20 million users.
  3. Cost Savings
    Assume the cost of a home visit by a VA professional is $100 (salary + benefits + travel expenses) per visit. If Mitch does KAATSU twice per day for 300 days per year, the cost of a KAATSU Wearable device amortized over 2 years (1,200 sessions) is $0.50 per KAATSU session (i.e., $600 ÷ 1200 = $0.50 / session). $100 vs. $0.50 per session presents unprecedented cost savings.
  4. Physical Improvement
    Video provides visual evidence of physical improvement after 15 uses of KAATSU.
  5. Psychological Boost
    With improved physical strength, range of motion and muscle tone, and a greater hormonal response, the mental outlook of a paralyzed individual will improve. Being able to sign checks, move both arms at will, walk to the bathroom without a wheelchair, and other activities likely lead to greater confidence, greater motivation, and a greater self-belief to continue further physical improvement.