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Technology Therabody's newest massage device, RecoveryAir, puts the squeeze on

00:45  05 may  2021
00:45  05 may  2021 Source:   cnet.com

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Therabody has revealed the RecoveryAir , high-tech new compression boots that help you recover from strenuous lower body exercise more quickly. And that' s exactly what Therabody is doing with RecoveryAir — a medical-grade device that hundreds of college and pro sports teams swear by. That' s right, these funky-looking boots are scientifically proven to reduce muscle fatigue and inflammation and increase overall circulation through clinical pneumatic compression.

The RecoveryAir app by Therabody puts the fastest, safest, most effective compression technology in your hands. Sit back, relax, and recover with the latest cutting-edge recovery solution from Therabody . Explore a library of pre-recommended protocols to optimize your recovery. For RecoveryAir PRO users, connect your device seamlessly via Bluetooth® to access 5 unique programs that can be extensively customized with a variety of precise pressure ranges targeting specific areas of your body. Advanced settings let you adjust time, control pressure, hold time, stagger treatment, focus pressure

Pneumatic compression therapy systems are hot these days. Once a high-end niche therapy product for serious athletes, space-age compression boots are going mainstream, as both Hyperice, which makes Hypervolt massage guns, and now Therabody, which makes Theragun massage guns, have acquired compression therapy companies and relaunched them with new branding and more affordable price tags.

a desk with a computer on a table: The Therabody RecoveryAir compression therapy system starts at $699. David Carnoy/CNET © Provided by CNET The Therabody RecoveryAir compression therapy system starts at $699. David Carnoy/CNET

On Tuesday Therabody started shipping its new RecoveryAir compression boots with a starting price of $699 for the base model. The RecoveryAir Pro, which offers full customization of recovery programs and includes a different base station, costs $1,299. Both base stations have rechargeable batteries so you can use the systems on the go and the legs do fold up nicely for easy transport in a bag (not included).

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Theragun, now going by the name Therabody , just released a new line of percussive massage devices for 2020, including a Mini and a vibrating foam roller. Each works with the Therabody app, which in turn connects with Apple Health, Samsung Health, and Google Fit to help curate the best body analytics and programs. Theraguns may be pricey, but they're absolutely killer devices for muscle recovery. While your activity habits may not be as idiotic and reckless as mine, we all have our sore days, and owning one of these to back you up—and massage you in a time when massages are out

Therabody expanded its feel-good offerings with the acquisition of PowerDot, a muscle-stimulating device to temporarily relieve muscle pain. PowerDot uses neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to send electronic pulses that create muscle contractions increase blood flow to temporarily relieve pain. PowerDot joins Therabody ’ s lineup of recovery aids including Wave vibrating muscle rollers, RecoveryAir pneumatic compression devices , TheraOne CDB products, and Theragun percussive devices . Shop: Theragun Prime, 9.

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The RecoveryAir is essentially a rebranded version of the RecoveryPump Lite, which costs $1,200. So Therabody has managed to shave a good deal off the list price for the device as it attempts to reach a broader audience. Hyperice did the same when it acquired NormaTec, lowering its price to $899 (it cost about $1,300 in late 2019).

As CNET contributor Amanda Capritto explains, "The idea behind compression therapy is that by increasing blood flow to specific parts of the body -- encouraging your body to deliver more oxygen and nutrients to those areas -- you can speed up recovery, relieve pain and improve athletic performance." In essence, compression boots help squeeze "metabolic wastes such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid out of your legs, flushing your system of toxins," Capritto adds.

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The RecoveryAir app by Therabody puts the fastest, safest, most effective compression technology in your hands. Sit back, relax, and recover with the latest cutting-edge recovery solution from Therabody . Explore a library of pre-recommended protocols to optimize your recovery. For RecoveryAir PRO users, connect your device seamlessly via Bluetooth® to access 5 unique programs that can be extensively customized with a variety of precise pressure ranges targeting specific areas of your body.

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With some compression therapy systems, you can add recovery arm compression sleeves and even compression shorts that work on moving blood through your hips and core. Those extra options will be coming to the RecoveryAir system, but for now you can only purchase the leg compression boots from Therabody. In the interim you could buy a RecoveryArm sleeve and RecoveryCore compression shorts that are compatible with the system.

A couple years ago I tried an earlier version of the NormaTec compression boots when they were a lot more expensive and was pretty impressed. From what I remember from that experience, the RecoveryAir seems on par with the NormaTec.

The base unit has a built-in rechargeable battery for mobile use and you can precisely adjust pressure levels. David Carnoy/CNET © Provided by CNET The base unit has a built-in rechargeable battery for mobile use and you can precisely adjust pressure levels. David Carnoy/CNET

What's good about the RecoveryAir is that it has what Therabody calls "true negative gradient pressure." What that means is pressure sequentially travels up the limb from the foot toward the heart in four internal overlapping chambers (you first feel the boots ballooning over your feet), each with slightly lower pressure than the last. "The spiraling overlap of each chamber has a true negative gradient, which safely maximizes circulation versus other designs that interrupt air flow and create potentially harmful peaks and valleys of pressure," Thereabody says.

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Therabody is also expanding into CBD products to complement its new hardware, in both topical and ingestible forms. But let’ s focus on the massage gadgets and break down the major improvements. Perhaps the biggest upgrade is Theragun’ s “QuietForce” technology, which claims to keep its massage guns powerful but sounding less like a power tool. If you haven’t heard of these devices before, they’re aimed at reducing muscle soreness, improving mobility and generally making you feel better after a workout.

About Therabody Theragun® was created in 2008 and officially launched in 2016 by chiropractor Dr. Jason Wersland after suffering a life-altering injury. Building on over a decade of research and development, the brand's gold standard Theragun Percussive Massage Therapy devices vibration therapy Wave device series, and launched its clinical pneumatic compression device RecoveryAir . For more information on Therabody ' s latest products and to stay up to date on company news, visit www. Therabody .com and follow the brand on social media via Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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You can set the pressure to your liking (you don't want your circulation cut off) and the boots monitor the amount of pressure according to the size of your limb. I used the medium sized boots, which seem to fit the widest range of legs well -- if you've got very long legs, you'd go with the large size.

Therabody also says its compression boots have a seamless construction that makes them easier to clean (yes, your legs may sweat a bit during a session) and faster cycle frequency. "By detecting a full inflation based on precise pressure," the company says, "RecoveryAir's high performance compressor reaches the optimal point for a full and rapid pressure release up to three times faster than competitor products."

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A companion app for iOS and Android allows you to tweak some settings. There are some presets to choose from with the entry-level RecoveryAir while the RecoveryAir Pro, as noted, offers true customization. That app is still under the RecoveryPump brand but will eventually become the RecoveryAir app.

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I've only had minimal experience with these types of compression therapy systems, so I can't say whether the RecoveryAir is truly better than competitors like NormaTec, but it does work well and is a pleasure to use while sitting around watching TV or reading. With a massage gun you're required to do some work, unless you have someone using the massage gun on you, but this is a totally passive experience. Kick back, hit a button and the boots do their thing. That's nice.

The Therabody RecoveryAir compression therapy system starts at $700. © David Carnoy/CNET

The Therabody RecoveryAir compression therapy system starts at $700.

As with the massage-gun industry, as compression therapy grows more popular, we're seeing plenty of generic products hit the market, some costing as little as $100. Like with massage guns, we should start to see even more price erosion in the compression therapy arena with a few premium brands and a plethora of knockoffs that cost less and work reasonably well.

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