By Rehan Iqbal
If you are serious about athletic training, you’ll be glad to know about Rapid Reboot Recovery System pneumatic compression boots. Rapid Reboot (RR) is a therapeutic device for home use that relies on intermittent pneumatic compression to help boost circulation, relieve inflammation and edema and improve muscle recovery after exercise.
This type of therapy is used in hospitals and in physical therapy to help promote good circulation and healing. It uses an inflatable jacket (in this case a boot) that encloses the area in need of treatment. The casing is intermittently filled with air and then emptied to provide a massaging effect.
With the RR system, you simply slip into the full-leg air compression recovery boots and connect air lines between the boots and a powerful air pump to fill the compression boots’ chambers with air and apply pressure to the muscles of the legs. This pressure forces lymph, blood and collected fluids to flow out of the compressed areas.
Within a few seconds, the air chambers deflate allowing blood to circulate through the muscles once more. This “milking action” encourages good circulation and detoxification of the muscles. As blood is forced out, so are lactic acid and toxins that may build up in the muscles while exercising.
Why Does This Type Of Therapy Help With Post-Exercise Recovery?
Improved blood circulation helps bring oxygen to the muscles and helps wash away toxins that can cause muscle swelling and soreness. Good circulation always has a healing effect on the body. This remarkable recovery technology is similar to devices used to treat medical problems such as deep vein thrombosis. It uses sequential, dynamic air compression to:
- Minimize post-exercise swelling
- Maximize protein synthesis
- Detoxify muscle tissue
- Relieve inflammation
- Improve circulation
- Flush lactic acid
- Prevent edema
All of these qualities add up to quick, consistent recovery from challenging exercise; however, this home based recovery system can also be very beneficial to people who are not involved in serious training. Systematic, pneumatic compression of the thighs, calves and feet can also be helpful in injury recovery or post surgery recovery.
Use of intermittent pneumatic compression is also a great support therapy for:
- Venous insufficiencies
- Sciatic nerve pain
- Poor circulation
- Varicose veins
- Restless legs
Regular use promotes efficient lymphatic drainage, reduces lactic acid buildup and decreases post-workout soreness or can encourage better circulation for sedentary or non-ambulatory people. It is also a great way to manage stress. Daily use of compression therapy is relaxing and enjoyable for anyone. It benefits your health overall, even if you are not an athlete. It gives you a chance to put your feet up and relax for a while and leaves you feeling very energized, rested and refreshed.
Ease Of Use And Lots Of Settings Give You A Fully Customized Experience
The air compression leg massager system is durable, simple and easy to use. It consists of a pair of air compression boots made of a stretchy, light, air-tight fabric that is smooth, seamless and easy to clean, a quiet, powerful air pump and set of flexible, sensibly configured air hoses. Where some other air compression massage devices present the user with an octopus of hoses, RR has hose placement only at the feet to avoid a confusing tangle!
The boots cover the entire leg from upper thigh to toe. They fasten through use of a dual zipper system that allows adjustment for leg circumference. This adjustability ensures that you will always be able to achieve maximum compression benefits thanks to correct fit.
You can easily customize your experience by choosing from ten different pressure settings (20 – 200 mmHg). You can also choose between two “purpose” settings:
A. Venous outflow and arterial inflow improvement
B. Muscular detoxification and improved circulation
Customize further by selecting the length of time of your session. Choose from ten, twenty and thirty minute increments.
5 Special Features Of The Rapid Reboot System
1. The pump is powerful but silent for a quiet, relaxing experience.
2. You can easily choose which air chambers you want to activate to avoid pressure on injuries or to focus on especially sore muscles.
3. An attractive, padded travel case is included for easy storage and travel. The case is 17.5 inches long, 13 inches wide and 6 inches deep. It can be carried by a fixed handle or comfortable shoulder strap.
4. Unlike some similar products, this recovery system has triangular foot compartments to compress the soles of the feet rather than the sides.
5. The integrated hoses are attached at the feet, rather than higher up on the legs. This allows you to keep your lap free to hold your laptop, book or other materials while you relax.
Is The Rapid Reboot Recovery System A Good Value?
Across the board, serious athletes, physical therapists and others who are familiar with this type of equipment give Rapid Reboot high marks in terms of value. Priced around $1000, the system’s closest competitor is Normatec, which is usually priced higher than Rapid Recovery. The vast majority of users say that RR’s performance is equal to or better than that of Normatec.
The differences between the two systems are minor and inconsequential. Normatec has a small, hand-held control box. RR’s controls are larger and placed on the top of the air pump box. Normatec controls offer more configurable options, but RR offers greater compression.
In the final analysis, users say that both Normatec and Rapid Reboot are easy to use and effective, but with a lower price, RR is clearly the best value.
Rapid Reboot Recovery’s one-step, plug-in system is simple to understand and easy to use right out of the box. If you have questions, you can refer to the included, easy-to-follow user’s manual or simply call the toll-free help number provided.
One caveat: To be sure that you will be able to use your system right out of the box, you’ll want to take care to choose the right length when making your initial selection. Go by the length of your inseam. If you must make adjustment for fractions of inches in inseam measurement, always choose the next size up.
If you do find that you have chosen the wrong length, rest assured the manufacturer is always happy to make exchanges. In fact, the Rapid Reboot leg massager system comes with a two-year warranty, but the manufacturer has been known to make adjustments even after the warranty has expired.