Monday, April 2, 2018
Post-ACL Surgery KAATSU Protocols
After anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery, rehabilitation begins in order to help blood circulation, prevent blood clots from forming in your legs, and to prevent muscle atrophy.
Dr. Yoshiaki Sato worked with KAATSU Specialists in Japan to develop protocols to incorporate into post-ACL surgery rehabilitation.
With the approval of your physician and therapist, patients can begin KAATSU after the surgery if there are no complications. The patient can also do KAATSU on their other healthy limbs (i.e., healthy leg and both arms). The standard protocol includes the following:
1. Patients can do KAATSU Cycle daily, but they should also limit KAATSU to 15 minutes on the arms and 20 minutes on the legs during each session.
2. Do the KAATSU Cycle (i.e., 20 seconds of pressure on + 5 seconds of pressure off) first (before doing anything else). This will help prepare (“warm-up”) the muscles, veins and capillaries before doing anything more strenuous.
3. One primary benefit of KAATSU is to reduce or eliminate muscle atrophy in the injured leg. In order to eliminate atrophy, patients should regularly do the KAATSU 3-Point Exercises on their legs.
4. With the KAATSU Air Bands at the appropriate Base SKU pressure (i.e., manual tightening) and Optimal SKU pressure (i.e., the inflated pressure), do 3 sets each of the following depending on how the patient feels, their range of mobility, and the length of time post-surgery:
* toe curls
* heel raises (or just rotating the ankles)
* leg curls
* repeated quadricep contractions
* stationary bike riding
* leg presses
5. Patients can do the same KAATSU 3-Point Exercises on their healthy leg and the following KAATSU 3-Point Exercises for their arms:
* hand clenches
* biceps curls
* triceps extensions
6. As the patient becomes more mobile, simple walking (especially in the sand at the beach) with the KAATSU Air Bands on is beneficial. Patients can even do this at their home or office as they walk back and forth in their room. If patients do these exercises regularly, they should not see any muscle atrophy.
7. The skin should turn pink or reddish as the limb should experience an engorgement of pool in the limbs.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or therapist.
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