Monday, July 26, 2021

Coach, Do No Harm

For who? Baby Boomers, competitive athletes
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, jet lag recovery

In a recent New York Times article (A Hot Fitness Trend Among Olympians: Blood Flow Restriction), Olympic swimming coach Dave Marsh - who has coached 49 athletes to the Summer Olympic Games - stated that one of his athletes (Roy-Allan Burch of Bermuda) had used KAATSU to dramatically rehabilitate from a double knee patella tendon rupture.

Burch's recovery from the injury and the subsequent muscle atrophy was significant. Burch eventually made it back to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics against all odds despite his injury to both legs.

"It was great to see and be a part of Roy's remarkable comeback," said Chris Morgan.

Morgan regularly teaches KAATSU to many Olympic athletes on United States' Olympic swimming and track and field teams. He has also taught KAATSU to German, Swiss and Japanese Olympic athletes.

"Many of the athletes and their coaches want to learn about how to use KAATSU for improved athletic performance and recovery, but I also teach them about our jet lag protocols."

But a vast majority of swimming coaches - like Marsh - have not 'jumped on the KAATSU bandwagon' as described by New York Times deputy sports editor Matt Futterman. As yet, Marsh has yet to recommend KAATSU in the training of his athletes. "The first job of a coach is to not do any harm. It seemed to me that with blood flow restriction, it could lead an athlete to take a step backward," explained Marsh to Futterman.

"Marsh speaks the truth - a coach should absolutely do no harm. That is so true - coaches need to be just like physicians who take the Hippocratic Oath," said Steven Munatones, Chief Executive Officer of KAATSU Global.

"But a coach also has a responsibility to investigate, offer, and teach their athletes the best modalities and training possibilities in order to achieve their full potential. The global world of athletics is too competitive to rely on the past and old-school techniques instead of constantly seeing what can make their athletes more efficient and effective in their preparations..

This belief that KAATSU could take athletes backwardsis where Dave fundamentally and specifically misses a key point. First of all, his statement that Roy did blood flow restriction points to his misunderstanding. There is no restriction of arterial blood flow - or the blood flow from the torso to the limbs. In reality, KAATSU does the exact opposite. There is a slow, gradual, and safe blood engorgement in the limbs - that is a key principle of KAATSU.

The vascular tissue is engorged with incremental increases of blood while doing the KAATSU Cycle mode. You can see the effects of slow, gradual, rhythmic compression and decompression of the pneumatic KAATSU Air Bands on the photos on the left.

The photos show an older user (a 56-year-old woman) with a KAATSU Air Band on her right arm and no band on her left arm. The KAATSU Air Band was only slightly moderately inflated.

This rhythmic compression and decompression not only brings increased elasticity to the vascular walls of the arteries, veins and capillaries throughout the healthy and injured parts of the body, but it also serves as the catalyst for a significant secretion of healing hormones - in addition to enhancing the strength and resilience of muscle. There are so many biochemical processes that concurrently occur in the body naturally and safely that it would take hours to properly and comprehensively cover all effects and outcomes [check out www.kaatsu.com for more information].

Coaches can first understand KAATSU with a basic understanding of human physiology, anatomy, and the metabolic processes that occur as a result of hard training.

It is not hard - it just takes a bit of time to study and try the KAATSU Air Bands yourself. This is precisely why America's best trained athletes - including the tactical athletes of the Special Operations Command or Navy SEALs and many professional athletes - use KAATSU regularly for rehabilitation, recovery, and athletic performance
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The New York Times article (A Hot Fitness Trend Among Olympians: Blood Flow Restriction) is here. The research article - Effects of resistance exercise combined with moderate vascular occlusion on muscular function in humans - that was published in 2000 and noted in the article is posted here.

A short list of KAATSU-using Olympians is below:

Ana Marcela Cunha (marathon swimming) Brazil
Roy-Allan Burch (swimming) Bermuda
Adam Wright (water polo) USA
Michael Andrew (swimming) USA
Mark McCoy (track) Canada
Todd Lodwick (Nordic combined) USA
Zach Apple (swimming) USA
Kenny Bednarek (track) USA
Taylor Fletcher (Nordic combined) USA
Oussama Mellouli (swimming and marathon swimming) Tunisia
Kyree King (track) USA
Bryan Fletcher (Nordic combined) USA
Francesco Friedrich (bobsleigh) Germany
Robert Griswold (Para swimming) USA
Yasu Fukuoka (marathon swimming) Japan
Isiah Young (track) USA
Martin Grothkopp (bobsleigh) Germany
Kasai Noriaki (ski jumping) Japan
Jamal Hill (Para swimming) USA
Laura Wilkinson (diving) USA
Justin Gatlin (track) USA
Candy Bauer (bobsleigh) Germany
Thorsten Margis (bobsleigh) Germany
Matt Torres (Para swimming) USA
Hawley Bennett (equestrian) Canada
Dennis Mitchell (track) USA
Javianne Oliver (track) USA
Melissa Rodriguez (swimming) Mexico
Mikaela Shiffrin (skiing) USA
Ted Ligety (skiing) USA
Willie Banks (track & field) USA
Alex Wolf (water polo) USA
Rob Stull (pentathlon) USA
Stephen McCain (gymnastics) USA
Mohamed Hussein (swimming) Egypt
Lukas Räuftlin (swimming) Switzerland
Richard Quick (swimming, coach) USA
Chris Morgan (swimming, coach) USA

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46.69 Anchor Leg By Zach Apple Clinches Olympic Gold For USA

For who? Baby Boomers, competitive athletes
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, jet lag recovery

American swimmer Zach Apple of Indiana swam of the history fastest 100-meter freestyle legs at the Tokyo Olympics. The incredibly fast (46.69 second) 100m anchor split clinched the Olympic gold medal in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay yesterday at the Tokyo Olympics.

Apple said later, "It is easy when these three guys [Caeleb Dressel, Blake Pieroni, and Bowen Becker] are leading off, giving me a lead. I love living in the pressure. It is why we race. It brings out the best in us."

Apple has been using KAATSU ever since he was introduced to it by coach Jonty Skinner at Indiana University a few years ago. Like his track colleagues, the American Olympic runners in the 100m and 200m sprints, Apple uses the KAATSU equipment for performance and recovery advantages.

Olympian Glenn Mills told Parade Magazine, "Cupping, which leaves circular marks on the skin of athletes remains popular, along with KAATSU, a blood flow moderation exercise that involves strapping bands around specific points of muscles to restrict blood flow and make those muscles work harder."

While Mills is correct in describing KAATSU as a blood flow moderation modality, KAATSU does not restrict blood flow or necessarily make muscles work harder - as experienced KAATSU users know well.

"We started to use and sell the Masimo MightySat™ Finger Pulse Oximeter with KAATSU equipment in order to demonstrate that there was no restriction of blood flow while doing KAATSU," said Steven Munatones.

"People often use the words 'cuff' or 'tourniquet' to describe the KAATSU Air Bands. Nothing could be further from the truth. Blood pressure cuffs and tourniquets are specifically designed to occlude - or cut off - arterial blood or blood that flows from the torso to our limbs.

The reason why we use the Masimo MightySat™ Finger Pulse Oximeter [shown above] is to demonstrate that arterial blood flow continues even while doing KAATSU and wearing KAATSU Air Bands. We place the oximeter on a fingertip and we can not only measure our pulse rate but also our SpO2 or oxygen saturation rate that increases with KAATSU. If KAATSU did restrict blood flow or functioned as a cuff or tourniquet, then the SpO2 would decrease and our skin color would turn whiter or paler than normal."

But with KAATSU - even when the KAATSU Air Bands are inflated to its maximum while following the standard protocols, the arterial blood flow continues and is measured by the pulse oximeter - a clear indication that there is no blood flow restriction as the word BFR implies.

What actually happens is that the slow, gradual, rhythmic compression and decompression of the KAATSU Air Bands enables the vascular tissue to become more elastic and the limb becomes engorged in blood.

The photos on the left show an older user (a 56-year-old woman) with a KAATSU Air Band on her (darker) left arm and no band on her right arm (with her normal skin color). The KAATSU Air Band was only moderately inflated.

Within a few minutes, her veins become distended and her skin color becam darker as the capillaries and veins become filled with blood. There is no pain, discomfort or magic secret involved.

The appearance of this 'KAATSU Color' is a physiological phenomenon that happens naturally and safely.

"It occurs both in the arms and legs of KAATSU users, of any age or with any physical condition," says Munatones. "From our perspective as KAATSU users, the three vascular walls of our arteries, veins and capillaries throughout our bodies are a muscle. So, in that sense, KAATSU is definitely muscle training.

Our vascular tissue gradually becomes more elastic in a gentle, safe way while using KAATSU.

It is a convenient and perfect recovery modality. KAATSU equipment is easy-to-carry and easy-to-use. The compact compressor automatically inflates and deflates the bands on either your arms or legs. This forces blood into the very small capillaries and enhances recovery, improves circulation, and oxygen flow to muscles just after prolonged or intense bouts of exercise.

This is how Olympic swimmers, runners and other athletes are using KAATSU at the Tokyo Olympics, especially those who have multiple races or events over the course of the day or days while in Tokyo. The KAATSU Air Bands helps flush the metabolic waste out of the tissue after or between events.
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With the Masimo oximeter, you can see the athletes' oxygen saturation levels increase while their pulse rate and respiratory rate concurrently decrease as they sit down and relax after their races. KAATSU is quite versatile. You can use the equipment to make your muscles work harder, but you can also use the device to make you relax and recover.

Munatones continues, "The commonly misunderstood effect of KAATSU is that the equipment necessarily makes muscles work harder - as Mills described. If KAATSU users utilize the KAATSU Air Bands for recovery after an intense workout or to avoid jet lag or for recovery after a competition, then their muscles work LESS, not more. The parasympathetic nervous system is engaged and metabolic waste products are more effectively and efficiently removed from the working muscles."

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Antonio Argüelles On Avoiding Jet Lag With The KAATSU C3

For who? International travelers, business people, competitive athletes
For what? Jet lag, insomnia, travel fatigue, recovery



Antonio Argüelles, a 2-time Guinness World Record holder who have completed the Oceans Seven (solo crossings of the English Channel, North Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Channel, Cook Strait, and Molokai Channel), will attempt to set his third world record this month.

He aims to become the oldest swimmer in history - at the age of 62 - to complete a two-way non-stop English Channel crossing, 67 km (42 miles) from England to France and back to England this month.

The English Channel crossing is expected to take him over 24 hours to complete.

Argüelles used KAATSU Cycle 2.0 equipment and followed the standard KAATSU Jet Lag Protocols on his 10.5-hour flight from Mexico City to Heathrow International Airport. He explains the effects of the original BFR protocols and equipment in his brief interview posted above.

The 62-year-old channel swimmer says, "I keep my KAATSU close to me at all times.

I did three full KAATSU Cycles today after swimming and will do one more KAATSU Cycle tonight before going to sleep. I swam 90 minutes this morning [three days after arriving in Dover, a week before attempting the world record English Channel crossing]
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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Onwards To Tokyo With Jamal Hill

For who? Swimmers, competitive athletes, Paralympians, disabled athletes
For what? Performance, rehabilitation, recovery

Fly into LAX and head out of the international airport to all points in Southern California, and you may see a large multi-story likeness of Paralympic swimmer Jamal Hill who grew up underneath the LAX flight paths of inbound and outbound airlines.

Hill, a native of Southern California who grew up in Inglewood, was only 10 years old when his body started to fail him. He experienced total paralysis and doctors considered amputating his right arm. The decision was made to keep his arm, but he was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT), a hereditary neurological condition that can result in progressive loss of muscle tissue and touch sensation in the body.

CMT threatened to alter his life, including his passion for swimming where he started near the LAX Airport. But through sheer will, deep faith, and relentless determination, Hill has not only regained his mobility and strength, but he also competed in college and most recently qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic Games (S10 category).

The 26-year-old developed a love for swimming at the Westchester YMCA Mommy & Me swim class - and has never stopped. Two decades later, an 8-story likeness of him hangs from a building not far from LAX and the YMCA where his career started.

Hill is ranked #1 as the top U.S. Paralympic 50m freestyle sprinter and #3 in the world - with eyes on a gold medal. He talks about his journey in an interview with KAATSU Global CEO Steven Munatones and KAATSU Aqua Master Specialist and Olympic swim coach Chris Morgan:



Hill pushed through the pain and fear of being seen and treated differently and swam competitively in high school, receiving a swimming scholarship to Hiram College in Ohio. After college, the post-graduate swimmer trains 14 hours per week and now works with mental performance coach and swim coach Wilma Wong. He says, "Her innovative training style and techniques have resulted in improving from an unranked amateur to number one in the nation within one year."

Global Ranking Progression

There are 13 classes of athletes in para swimming. The lower the number the more severe impact of activity limitation an athlete experiences according to designated classifiers. . The nature of Hill's disability has caused him to fluctuate between World Para Swimming classifications as an S9 and S10. Despite the constant uncertainty of classification, Hill continued to excell in whatever class he is ultimately categorized.

Hill won his first national title at age 23 in 2018, a veteran swimmer but a neophyte national champion. It was his first time traveling outside California for a national competition and he finished strongly as a member of Team USA. The experience motivated him to accelerate his physical and mental training to higher levels.

At the 2019 Glasgow International World Series, Hill won silver and bronze medals while setting three new personal best times and an invitation to train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

His success in Glasgow was followed by a spectacular performance in Peru at the 2019 ParaPan American Games where he won a silver medal and 2 relay bronze medals. He also received the honor to anchor the first Team USA men's relay to medal at an international paraswimming event.

Throughout 2020, Hill's goals became clear as he continued to experiment KAATSU with Coach Wong. The investment in KAATSU the Original BFR, both in the water and on dryland, as a modality to improve athletic performance, and to warm-up for races, and to recover from workouts is paying off well. Under Wong's tutelage, Hill has ventured into the Top 10 rankings of the world, an achievement that has not been reached by an American S10 athlete in nearly a decade.

Finally, within sight of the Tokyo Paralympic Games, Hill's dreams came crashing down. Down hard.

Due to a unique set of circumstances caused in part by the pandemic, Hill learned that his route to Tokyo was hampered by bureaucracy. But he was not about to lie low and accept fate. He and Wong uncovered and considered every possibility - and they found a route to Paralympic selection by going on an unplanned trip to Rio de Janeiro so Hill could be properly and officially categorized. His travel plans set, Hill went off on a 10-day journal from LAX to Houston to Rio de Janeiro to Houston to LAX to Indianapolis and back, using his new KAATSU C3 and the KAATSU jet lag and travel fatigue protocols throughout the long journey.

"He did KAATSU Cycles before and during the flight, and then once again behind his scheduled bedtime throughout his international travels," explains KAATSU Global CEO Steven Munatones. "We have been developing and testing these protocols ever since KAATSU inventor Dr. Sato and cardiologist Dr. Nakajima first tested their oxygen saturation rates (SpO2) before and after doing KAATSU on airplanes back in the 1990's. When the doctors first saw their oxygen saturation rates increase in flight, they knew they had something special."

Hill was selected for the Team USA Paralympic 50m freestyle sprinter and a relay member.

But his passion for swimming extends beyond his personal and professional goals for the Tokyo Paralympics. The World Health Organization show that 360,000 people lost their lives to drowning in 2016. In the United States, drowning ranks fifth among the causes of unintentional injury death according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In an attempt to lower the global drowning rate, Hill began Swim Uphill, an initiative to teach one million people to swim through a wholly innovative program supported by a digital swim school platform.

Swim Uphill is exploding with success and growth, just as its founder is doing in the swimming world.

For more information on Swim Uphill, visit www.swimuphill.com.

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For who? KAATSU Nano, KAATSU Cycle 2.0, KAATSU Master 2.0, KAATSU C3, KAATSU A1 users
For what? recovery, rehabilitation, athletic performance, overall wellness











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Unboxing The KAATSU C3

For who? KAATSU C3 users
For what? recovery, rehabilitation, athletic performance, overall wellness



KAATSU C3 is the third generation KAATSU Cycle device.

KAATSU can improve blood circulation and improve muscle tone. KAATSU is the Original BFR (Blood Flow Restriction). Invented in Japan, with products engineered and designed in Southern California, KAATSU Global is the pioneer in the emerging BFR market. The carefully controlled, easy-to-use pneumatic KAATSU bands automatically and safely optimizes blood circulation for muscle tone, strength, mobility, rehabilitation, and recovery.

KAATSU devices (KAATSU Master 2.0, KAATSU Cycle 2.0, KAATSU C3, KAATSU B1, KAATSU AI) included a handheld automated compressor and universal pneumatic, stretchable bands which are placed around the arms or legs. Arm bands and leg bands are used separately during each session.

The KAATSU Air Bands inflate and deflate in a patented sequence based on algorithms that are optimal for each user, no matter their age or physical abilities. KAATSU protocols are convenient, easy-to-do, and time-effective. KAATSU equipment offer unparalleled performance, precision, and safety for users of all ages, fitness levels, and walks of life - and can be used anywhere anytime to help you Recover Faster, Rehab Stronger and Perform Better.

For more information, visit the www.kaatsu.com website to learn more about BFR, Blood Flow Restriction, BFR exercise, BFR science, and KAATSU protocols and how KAATSU differs from B Strong, Delfi Portable Tourniquet System for Blood Flow Restriction, Smart Cuffs, and other BFR brands and occlusion bands.

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The primary differences between KAATSU and the other BFR bands is:

(1) KAATSU utilizes the patented Cycle function
(2) different pressures can be simultaneously used on different limbs
(3) KAATSU equipment and protocols were proven safe and effective after a decade of clinical use and research on over 7,000 cardiac rehab patients at the University of Tokyo Hospital (between 2004 and 2014)
(4) KAATSU is used by cardiologists, orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, and physicians in various specialties
(5) KAATSU Air Bands do not occlude arterial flow
(6) KAATSU is meant to be gentle and convenient in order to do anywhere anytime
(7) KAATSU is sold worldwide to people up to the age of 104
(8) more research has been conducted in more countries on KAATSU than any other BFR device
(9) the seminal, groundbreaking research on BFR was conducted and published by KAATSU inventor Dr. Yoshiaki Sato in the 1990s
(10) KAATSU Air Bands are waterproof and the KAATSU C3 is ruggedized for military applications

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KAATSU Recommendations For Bedridden Users

For who? brain injury survivors, diving/climbing/car/biking accident victims
For what? recovery, functional movement, functional strength

Brain injury survivors, wounded warriors, and diving, climbing, biking and car accident victims use KAATSU on all four limbs in order to aid their recovery and rehabilitation.

They follow all the standard protocols and Do's and Don'ts of KAATSU, but are also encouraged to focus on Progressive KAATSU Cycles. That is, they should start off very conservatively (i.e., low SKU pressure) while they get comfortable in position. This may require them to add pillows to different places on their bed or chair, or to change their body or limb positions. There is no rush and the more comfortable they are, they more benefit they will feel.

Progressive KAATSU Cycles are absolutely essential for success. The vascular tissue needs to be very, very, very gradually worked on. Starting with very low SKU pressures and then slowly increasing incrementally is the most effective and efficient way to increase the elasticity of your vascular tissue. For example, on the KAATSU C3, users can start on the LOW pressure several times and then gradually move to the MEDIUM pressure. Some users even go lower than the LOW SKU settings and use the CUSTOM mode.

The Progressive KAATSU Cycles should also always start on your arms and while you are very well hydrated.

KAATSU Session

The KAATSU session can include, in order:

1. Be well hydrated with water.
2. Get comfortable in position.
3. Do Progressive KAATSU Cycles on your arms (either Single-Limb KAATSU Cycles on only one arm or Standard KAATSU Cycles on both arms). This can be 3-6 KAATSU Cycles that will take 15-30 minutes.
2. Progressive KAATSU Cycles on your legs (either Single-Limb KAATSU Cycles on only one leg or Standard KAATSU Cycles on both legs). This can be 3-6 KAATSU Cycles that will take 15-30 minutes.

Of course, always start conservatively with KAATSU (see here). You may not be able to do 3-6 KAATSU Cycles on both your arms and legs in the beginning. Perhaps you can start with 1-2 KAATSU Cycles on your upper body and lower body - and then gradually increase the number of KAATSU Cycles over the course of several weeks. This is perfectly acceptable.
After several weeks of KAATSU Cycles performed daily on your arms and legs, you most likely will see a number of changes and benefits as you learn the best pressure and duration that fits your recovery and lifestyle.

KAATSU Movements

Various movements - or no movement at all - are up to your discretion. It could be as simple of Standard KAATSU 3-Point Exercises (e.g., Hand Clenches, Biceps Curls, Triceps Extensions, Toe Curls) or other movements (e.g., Head or Foot Rotations, Balancing on One Foot, Stretching, Walking, Standing Up and Sitting Down, Handwriting). But it is very important avoid any painful movements or any sudden movements. KAATSU is best done with slow, easy, gentle movements. You can think of KAATSU as slow stretching of the muscular and connective tissue.

Other Modalities

You can also use other modalities and therapy in conjunction with or before or after KAATSU including acupressure, electric muscle stim therapy, aqua therapy, etc.

Phenomena

1. When people have been bedridden for long periods and try KAATSU, they often say they have a feeling of warmth which is an indication of improved blood circulation.

2. When people have been bedridden for long periods and try KAATSU, they often sleep much better, especially if KAATSU Cycles are gently performed closer to bedtime.

3. Caregivers are also under stress, both physically and mentally. They can use the KAATSU equipment and follow the standard KAATSU protocols if they have a sore back or fatigued muscles.

4. After regular daily use of KAATSU Cycles, the color of your skin should turn from light pink to rosy pink to light red to a beefy red over time. This is an indication of healthier, most elastic vascular tissue of your surface capillaries.

5. Occasionally, a bedridden user will have cuts or lacerations that stubbornly do not heal. The length, width and depth of the cuts will gradually improve with regular daily use of KAATSU Cycles.















A caregiver to a quadriplegic explains the differences she has seen in her hands since starting KAATSU:



















Dr. Yoshiaki Sato explained about KAATSU usage with, by, and for people with paralysis:

Q1. Why does a patient with paralysis become more relaxed and sleep better after doing KAATSU?

A1. The sympathetic nervous system has been activated for a long time. When KAATSU is performed, the sympathetic nervous system relaxes as the parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated and patients with paralysis are able to sleep well [after KAATSU]. Also, mechanical stress - which is a good stress - occurs and they can sleep comfortably.

Q2. What is the mechanism that enables an increased passive range of motion in her elbows, hands, and ankles?

A2. After the accident, joints became harden and spastic [for a long time, decades]. The tendons and ligaments become harden. Relaxed by KAATSU, because the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system are well activated, the joints and muscles become loosened. This increases its range of motion. There are tendons within the muscles, but they will not become soft soon. Over time, however, the tendons gradually softens over the course of many months.

Q3. The muscle and ligament contractures in their elbows, wrists, fingers and ankle plantar flexors are rigid. Can you predict how much a patient with paralysis can improve her range of motion?

A3. Patients with paralysis have been tense for a long time and their bodies became stiff as a result. It is very important to make concentrated efforts just like climbing stairs, step by step. They should not be impatient. Movement towards their goals might go in a good direction if they keep making steady effort.

Q4. Why do quadriplegic patients feel less pain?

A4. The pain is relieved because of the secretion of beta-endorphins, which is called intra-cerebral anesthesia in the brain. Also, the nerves of the muscle fibers that were in a sleeping state around the damaged muscle fibers are awakened by the application of KAATSU. Thus, the pain is relieved.

Q5. There are some red spots that showed up on a quadriplegic’s right thigh after the initial session. Was the Base SKU too high initially?

A5. You can judge that the patient's blood vessels are weak due to the appearance of red spots on the skin. Perhaps next time, when KAATSU is applied with the same SKU, these tiny red specks might disappear. Some people might say that KAATSU is dangerous because the red spots appeared or KAATSU might cause blood clots. The red spots indicates that stimulation was sufficiently given to blood vessels. It is important to start with KAATSU Cycle 1 (i.e., 100 SKU) for people who are trying KAATSU for the first time and gradually move on to KAATSU Cycle 2 (e.g., 120 SKU), Cycle 3 and on.

Q6. Should we worry about blood clots in immobile patients? Does the potential for existing clots change KAATSU protocols?

A6. The potential for kicking off blood clots will not change as long as you do the KAATSU Cycle. Start with pressurization for 30 seconds and depressurization for 5 seconds (i.e., KAATSU Cycle on and then off). Since the blood vessels gradually increase resistance against pressure and patient's blood vessels get used to SKU and can tolerate it. Do not worry about thrombosis.

Q7. If patients eat poorly, what should we worry about with KAATSU?

A7. Improving one’s diet in parallel with doing KAATSU is one kind of treatment. The three goals - exercise, good diet and sufficient sleep are important to become healthier. It is necessary to balance these three factors.

Q8. Do you recommend 2 full cycles, 2 times a day? What do you recommend for daily KAATSU usage?

A8. The daily usage of KAATSU varies according to patient's abilities and their level of physical fitness. In the case of patients where spasticity tends to easily occur, even if their body loosens after one KAATSU session, it is possible that they will return to their original state after a few minutes. Rather than deciding whether to do one or two KAATSU Cycles, the amount of KAATSU should be decided by the patient. Generally, the more serious the patient, the more times they should do the KAATSU Cycle. Conversely, for less serious patients, the less time should be spent doing KAATSU. That is, the number of times doing KAATSU Cycles should be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Q9. Why do patients with spinal cord injuries feel warm during KAATSU - especially when they have no sensation in the same limb?

A9. The fact that their body feels warm after KAATSU is evidence that new blood vessels were created. Normally, there is no medical treatment to create new blood vessels instantly, but KAATSU instantly creates new capillaries. Blood flows to those points in the body and their body warms up. Conversely, when the body is exposed to below the freezing temperatures, capillaries are pulled away and the body becomes cold.

Q10. Why does KAATSU appear to help with neuropathic pain in spinal cord injury patients?

A10. For not only the patients with spinal injuries, but also the patients with various diseases, when they do KAATSU, cells and muscle fibers that have not been used until now start to work. Consider the case if there are 100 soldiers, but only 10 of them have been working. When those 10 soldiers are injured, the 90 other soldiers will start working on behalf of those 10 people.

Q11. The Masimo device measures Perfusion Index (an indication of the pulse strength at the sensor site). The Perfusion Index values range from 0.02% for very weak pulse to 20% for extremely strong pulse. Normally, the Perfusion Index decreases during KAATSU, but why does the Perfusion Index often increase during KAATSU for a client with a spinal cord injury?

A11. KAATSU immediately creates new blood vessels and the blood fills the place where no blood was flowing until then. Naturally, the perfusion index will increase in this case.

Q12. For spinal cord injury patients, Capillary Refill Time is often very slow with no KAATSU pressure, and speeds up during KAATSU. Why?

A12. Since the blood flow reaches every corner [in the limb], Capillary Refill Time is accelerated. New blood vessels are increased. When you do KAATSU, VEGF (Vascular endothelial growth factor) new blood vessel growth factor hormone increases. KAATSU effects have continued to surprise me.

Q13. If neural pathways are NOT intact (for example, with a completely severed spinal cord) for an individual with a spinal cord injury, why does the client still feel pain? Why does KAATSU appear to decrease that pain?

A13. Blood vessels are not connected, but new blood vessels are born. It is the same as bypassing a road. Rather than repairing broken roads, roads are made new. When new blood vessels are formed, nerve cells comes after, and nerves are completed. As new blood vessels are formed, neural cells are formed. In a previous KAATSU trial, we put a patient’s head in a Functional MRI machine as we applied KAATSU to both arms while doing Hand Clenches with a grip band. New blood vessels increased in the portion of the brain that was black. Naturally, neurons are formed after. Since KAATSU works, I would like doctors and researchers at the VA to conduct further clinical trials.

Q14. Many military therapists use electrical muscle stimulation on spinal cord injury patients. Can this Electrical Muscle Stimulation device be combined with KAATSU to achieve better results during the isometric contractions?

A14. There are various devices such as electric stimulation units and EMS available now. When electric stimulation is given, the muscles shake. There are several research results that cause muscle hypertrophy to some extent. We get requests from researchers who specialize in electrical stimulation to simultaneously use KAATSU and electrical stimulation. We performed clinical trials on patients with spinal injury who could not move their legs. It showed positive results with KAATSU.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Providing Relief With KAATSU For Tendinitis

For who? Baby Boomers, white & blue collar employees, aestheticians, dentists, drivers, carpenters, athletes with tendinitis
For what? Rehabilitation, recovery, relief, functional movement, mobility





To understand how KAATSU works for tendinitis, it is good to recall the anatomy of the body.

ANATOMY
1. Our body has a very extensive vascular system including arteries, veins and capillaries. If these arteries, veins and capillaries were stretched from end to end, one human's vascular system would wrap around the earth two times. Our capillaries are ubiquitous and very small, some of them so small that only one blood cell can pass through at a time.

2. Our body parts range from capillary-rich (abundant vascular tissue) to capillary-poor (less abundant vascular tissue). We have capillary-rich (abundant) organs (e.g., kidneys, brain), muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons. Ligaments and tendons are capillary-poor, but there is still blood supply.

3. Poor blood supply normally leads to slow healing time. The new blood vessels grow into the injured area to allow the healing process to speed up and bring vital nutrients into the area including with ligaments and tendons.

PHYSIOLOGY
Progressive KAATSU Cycles enables extremely efficient blood pooling in the limbs. Progressive KAATSU Cycles means users start off with low pressures and gradually build up to higher pressures. This allows the vascular tissue to slowly become more elastic. This increased elasticity enables the desired maximum blood pooling, not only while the bands are on, but also for hours afterwards. This is what you want.

Dr. Cory Keirn says, "-itis...is just angry tissue from being used too much. It is inflamed and if continued use, it will turn into tendonosis, which complicates things. KAATSU can do many things, but there are two specific benefits that can help this type of injury: 1. KAATSU can help flush out the inflammation and speed up the inflammatory process. It is kind of like heat/ice or contrast baths, KAATSU can remove the pooling of cytokines and keep the process going quickly.

2. We develop epicondylitis in our elbows and knees because we use too much of our distal extremities to initiate power movements. As we fatigue, we rely heavily on just 'muscling through it' and we don’t properly engage our trunk prior to moving. In essence, we are firing a cannon out of a canoe. You need a solid base to create explosions.

With KAATSU, you can improve your trunk muscle (glutes, abs, chest) control and response by engaging the fast twitch fibers. While swimming, once you initiate the stroke and pull with a properly engaged core, less strain will be applied to the elbows
."

Similar to the protocols used by individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome, individuals with tendinitis can follow standard KAATSU protocols that can be done at home and with either the KAATSU Master 2.0, KAATSU Cycle 2.0, KAATSU Nano, KAATSU C3 or KAATSU B1 models.

Frequency
KAATSU Cycles can be done up to 3 sessions per day. An ideal schedule would be to do in the morning before going to work and while you prepare for work as you get ready, drink coffee, eat breakfast or catch up on the daily news. Then, later in the afternoon, and most importantly, in the evening before you go to bed.

Progressive KAATSU Cycles
Start with the lowest possible SKU pressure in the KAATSU Cycle mode (the only mode that you should use). Do a full KAATSU Cycle on the lowest pressure. You can continue with the lowest pressure - or you can slightly increase the pressure to the Medium pressure setting. Continue with the Medium setting unless you want to go higher to the High pressure setting or the Custom pressure setting.

KAATSU Color
As you continue with the Progressive KAATSU Cycles, the color of your skin on your palm and hands should go from your normal skin color to slightly pink to rosy pink to red. As the highest levels while the maximum amount of blood engorges in your arms, the color of your skin can even go to a slight purplish color. Your veins will become more visible at the blood pools in your arms.

Duration
During each of your KAATSU sessions, you can do up to 6 KAATSU Cycles on your arms - and a similar number of KAATSU Cycles on your legs as you wish.

Intensity
There is no need to do vigorous exercises or work intensely with KAATSU Air Bands on in order to help alleviate the discomfort. Simple or minimal movement are actually preferred.

Movement
Movement and specific exercises are optional. However, wearing KAATSU Air Bands while doing KAATSU Cycles and moving gently is optimal - including going for a simple walk or doing stretches. Movements that your physical therapist recommends, while using the KAATSU Air Bands, are best.

Recommendations
* Be well hydrated before and during KAATSU.
* Start off with very low (conservative) SKU pressures and, very gradually, increase pressures (SKU) to higher levels.
* There is no need to push yourself too hard or use too high pressure in the beginning. Take it easy and take it slowly.
* Always have a pinker or redder tone to your skin than normal - this indicates blood pooling in your limbs during KAATSU which is one of the key goals.



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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Michael Andrew Kickstart U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials with an American Record

For who? Competitive swimmers, Olympic fans
For what? Strength, stamina, speed



KAATSU user Michael Andrew kickstarted the long week of highly competitive swimming at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials with an American record in the 100m breaststroke.

For more information of the U.S. Olympic Trials, visit here.

Andrew is scheduled to race the 200m individual medley, 100m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke, and 100m freestyle.

To support Andrew's continued focus on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, use SWIMMERMICHAEL code to purchase KAATSU equipment at www.kaatsuglobal.com.

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

KAATSU User versus Non-KAATSU User at the US Olympic Swimming Trials

For who? Competitive swimmers, Olympic fans
For what? Strength, stamina, speed

Who will win the most anticipated race of the USA Olympic Swimming Trials: Michael Andrew or Ryan Lochte
?

Content made on Kapwing

U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials prognosticators Coleman Hodges, Garrett McCaffrey, and SwimSwam Editor-in-Chief Braden Keith break down the most exciting races - across all distances and strokes in the men's and women's events - between America's fastest elite competitive swimmers.

The trio was in consensus on picking the highlight race of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials. It is unquestionably the men's 200m individual medley - one lap fast of each stroke, the sprint decathlon of swimming. The race has so many story lines buried within it. But, it ultimately boils down to youth versus veteran.

It is the most anticipated race of the meet, showcasing an intriguing rivalry between KAATSU user Michael Andrew and one of history's most successful Olympians of all time 12-time medalist Ryan Lochte.

For more information of the U.S. Olympic Trials, visit here. June 18th is the date of the showdown between Andrew and Lochte. Andrew is scheduled to race the 200m IM as well as the 100m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke, and 100m freestyle while Lochte is entered in six races.

To support Andrew's focus on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, use SWIMMERMICHAEL code to purchase KAATSU equipment at www.kaatsuglobal.com.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Not Just For Athletes: How College Students Can Benefit From KAATSU

For who? Competitive and recreational athletes, students, young adults
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, stress relief, improved sleep


Life as a college student often revolves around going to classes, studying, extracurriculars, and maybe a few hours of sleep.

Proper exercise is often the first thing to go for these students when adjusting to hectic college life and is even harder to get it back on track. There is little debate regarding the importance of daily exercise and the benefits it has on one’s physical and mental health, so the bigger question is how to make it as effective and convenient for these students who have little time to spare.

KAATSU is the industry leader in Blood Flow Restriction training with decades of research and experience. The KAATSU Air Bands safely and gently modify venous blood flow which is the blood circulation from your limbs to your torso. The temporary and additional blood circulation in your limbs leads to subtle and profound changes in your homeostasis. Your vascular tissue increases its elasticity incrementally, leading to a secretion of a number of hormones and growth factors. KAATSU is used by professional athletes, aging adults, paraplegics, and everyone in between. KAATSU the Original BFR can be used from anywhere whether you are sitting at a desk, going for a walk, or watching television on the couch.

KAATSU seamlessly fits into the hustle and bustle of college life as it can largely be used during activities you would already be doing.

Studying in the library?

Throw on your arm bands for a few KAATSU Cycles.

Walking to class? Put your leg bands on for an even better workout.

Sore from sitting at a desk all day?

Do a few KAATSU Cycles before bed to help your body recover from the day with less soreness in the morning. You don’t have to be an elite athlete or aging adult to experience the benefits of Blood Flow Restriction with KAATSU.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

Natural Remedies to Heal: Dr. Sato Explains Optimal 3-Point Exercises

For who? Competitive and recreational athletes, Baby Boomers, business executives, retirees
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, hormonal response



Professor Sir Dr. Yoshiaki Sato, MD, PhD is the inventor of KAATSU. He talks about natural body healing and natural remedies to heal with the KAATSU 3-Point Exercises. KAATSU presents a non-invasive, effective modality that naturally and safely enables natural body healing and natural remedies to heal and recover.

KAATSU equipment and protocols can improve blood circulation and improve muscle tone. KAATSU is the Original BFR (Blood Flow Restriction), invented in 1966 while the KAATSU Cycle was invented in 1973.

The KAATSU products are engineered and designed in Southern California while the initial testing and research were conducted by Dr. Sato and cardiologists Dr. Toshiaki Nakajima and Dr. Toshihiro Morita at the University of Tokyo Hospital with over 7,000 cardiac rehab patients between 2004 and 2014.

KAATSU is the pioneer in the emerging global BFR market. The carefully controlled, easy-to-use pneumatic KAATSU bands automatically and safely optimizes blood circulation for muscle tone, strength, mobility, rehabilitation, and recovery.

KAATSU devices (KAATSU Master 2.0, KAATSU Cycle 2.0, KAATSU C3, KAATSU B1, KAATSU AI) included a handheld automated compressor and universal pneumatic, stretchable bands which are placed around the arms or legs. Arm bands and leg bands are used separately during each session.

The KAATSU Air Bands inflate and deflate in a patented sequence based on algorithms that are optimal for each user, no matter their age or physical abilities. KAATSU protocols are convenient, easy-to-do, and time-effective. KAATSU equipment offer unparalleled performance, precision, and safety for users of all ages, fitness levels, and walks of life - and can be used anywhere anytime to help people...

Recover Faster, Rehab Stronger and Perform Better.

For more information, visit the www.kaatsu.com website to learn more about BFR, Blood Flow Restriction, BFR exercise, BFR science, and KAATSU protocols and how KAATSU differs from B Strong, Delfi Portable Tourniquet System for Blood Flow Restriction, Smart Cuffs, and other BFR brands and low-cost occlusion bands.

The primary differences between KAATSU and other BFR bands is:

(1) KAATSU utilizes the patented Cycle function
(2) different pressures can be simultaneously used on different limbs, including the option of doing Single-Limb KAATSU
(3) KAATSU equipment and protocols were proven safe and effective after a decade of clinical use and research on over 7,000 cardiac rehab patients at the University of Tokyo Hospital (2004 - 2014)
(4) KAATSU is used by cardiologists, orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, and physicians in various specialties
(5) KAATSU Air Bands do not occlude arterial flow
(6) KAATSU is meant to be gentle and convenient in order to do anywhere anytime
(7) KAATSU is used worldwide by people up to the age of 104
(8) more research has been conducted in more countries on KAATSU than any other BFR device
(9) the seminal, groundbreaking research on BFR was conducted and published by KAATSU inventor Dr. Yoshiaki Sato in the 1990s
(10) KAATSU Air Bands are waterproof and the KAATSU C3 is ruggedized for military applications

Learn more about KAATSU the Original BFR here and on Facebook, KAATSU Global Twitter, Original BFR Twitter, and Instagram.

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

Dr. Sato, Inventor of KAATSU Training, Discusses Outcomes Due To KAATSU

For who? Competitive and recreational athletes, Baby Boomers, business executives, retirees
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, hormonal response



Professor Sir Dr. Yoshiaki Sato, MD, PhD is the inventor of KAATSU. This is a multi-part playlist of information about KAATSU by Dr. Sato from his headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

KAATSU equipment and protocols can improve blood circulation and improve muscle tone. KAATSU is the Original BFR (Blood Flow Restriction), invented in 1966 while the KAATSU Cycle was invented in 1973.

The KAATSU products are engineered and designed in Southern California while the initial testing and research were conducted by Dr. Sato and cardiologists Dr. Nakajima and Dr. Morita at the University of Tokyo Hospital with over 7,000 cardiac rehab patients between 2004 and 2014.

KAATSU is the pioneer in the emerging global BFR market. The carefully controlled, easy-to-use pneumatic KAATSU bands automatically and safely optimizes blood circulation for muscle tone, strength, mobility, rehabilitation, and recovery.

KAATSU devices (KAATSU Master 2.0, KAATSU Cycle 2.0, KAATSU C3, KAATSU B1, KAATSU AI) included a handheld automated compressor and universal pneumatic, stretchable bands which are placed around the arms or legs. Arm bands and leg bands are used separately during each session.

The KAATSU Air Bands inflate and deflate in a patented sequence based on algorithms that are optimal for each user, no matter their age or physical abilities. KAATSU protocols are convenient, easy-to-do, and time-effective. KAATSU equipment offer unparalleled performance, precision, and safety for users of all ages, fitness levels, and walks of life - and can be used anywhere anytime to help you...

Recover Faster, Rehab Stronger, Perform Better

For more information, visit the www.kaatsu.com website to learn more about BFR, Blood Flow Restriction, BFR exercise, BFR science, and KAATSU protocols and how KAATSU differs from B Strong, Delfi Portable Tourniquet System for Blood Flow Restriction, Smart Cuffs, and other BFR brands and low-cost occlusion bands.

The primary differences between KAATSU and the other BFR bands is:

(1) KAATSU utilizes the patented Cycle function
(2) different pressures can be simultaneously used on different limbs
(3) KAATSU equipment and protocols were proven safe and effective after a decade of clinical use and research on over 7,000 cardiac rehab patients at the University of Tokyo Hospital (2004 - 2014)
(4) KAATSU is used by cardiologists, orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, and physicians in various specialties
(5) KAATSU Air Bands do not occlude arterial flow
(6) KAATSU is meant to be gentle and convenient in order to do anywhere anytime
(7) KAATSU is used worldwide by people up to the age of 104
(8) more research has been conducted in more countries on KAATSU than any other BFR device
(9) the seminal, groundbreaking research on BFR was conducted and published by KAATSU inventor Dr. Yoshiaki Sato in the 1990s
(10) KAATSU Air Bands are waterproof and the KAATSU C3 is ruggedized for military applications

Learn more about KAATSU the Original BFR here and on Facebook, KAATSU Global Twitter, Original BFR Twitter, and Instagram.

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Working On Your Glutes And Posture With KAATSU Sitting And KAATSU Standing

For who? Women, athletes, Baby Boomers, KAATSU users
For what? Muscular tone, posture, strength, functional movement, hormonal response, stress relief

Sitting is called the Silent Addiction of the 21st century.

We all sit way too much.

A majority of humans sit more than ever before in human history. Sitting for long periods of time - as we do in our offices and homes - leads to a number of health concerns. The problems with sitting too much include obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels.

So what can KAATSU Sitting do? What can KAATSU Standing accomplish?

KAATSU Sitting and KAATSU Standing can lead to strong glutes, good posture, improved energy throughout the day, and a confident walking gait - like 56-year-old aesthetician Tina Newman in the photo on the left.

KAATSU Sitting and KAATSU Standing can very effectively replicate the effects of movement and exercise. We can do KAATSU Sitting in the course of our day without impacting our work or responsibilities. By tightening the KAATSU Air Bands around your legs, whether you are in the office or at home, whether you are typing emails or watching television, you can literally workout and tone your muscles.

KAATSU Sitting 101

* Snugly tighten the KAATSU Air Bands around your upper legs, right against your groin with "one-finger tightness" (so you can put one finger between the bands and your legs, but not two fingers).
* Always be well hydrated before and during your KAATSU sessions.
* Only do Progressive KAATSU Cycles (i.e., start off with the lowest pressure settings and then gradually increase after each set).
* Do no more than 6 consecutive sets of KAATSU Cycles, but you can do this twice per day as your body becomes acclimated to KAATSU.

KAATSU Sitting At A Desk

* With the KAATSU Air Bands on your upper legs and the KAATSU Cycles on, keep your feet on the floor or on a footrest.
* Do not cross your legs. Your ankles should be directly in front of your knees.
* Maintain a small gap between the back of your knees and the front of your seat.
* Keep your knees at or below the level of your hips.
* If necessary, adjust the backrest of your chair in order to support your low- and mid-back or, alternatively, use a back support.
* Keep your shoulders relaxed and keep your forearms parallel to the ground (if you are typing, using your smartphone, reading or listening to music).
* Occasionally stretch your upper body.
* Alternatively and occasionally if you are in your office or at home relaxing, you can also throw in KAATSU Standing sessions.

KAATSU Standing

* With the KAATSU Air Bands on your upper legs and the KAATSU Cycles on, bear your weight primarily on the balls of your feet.
* Keep your knees slightly bent.
* Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart.
* Let your arms hang naturally down the sides of the body.
* Stand straight and tall with your shoulders pulled down and backward.
* Tuck your stomach in.
* Keep your head level. Your earlobes should be in line with your shoulders. Do not push your head forward, backward, or to the side.
* Occasionally shift your weight from your toes to your heels, or one foot to the other.
* Repeatedly squeeze your glutes if you like.

KAATSU Sitting In The Office

KAATSU Sitting and KAATSU Standing are two very effective modalities that not only offset the ravages of too much sitting and help develop the lower body musculature, but also are time-effective, convenient means to accomplish lower body and core toning while working or relaxing.







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Friday, June 4, 2021

The History of KAATSU and How The Original BFR Came About

For who? Competitive athletes, Baby Boomers, KAATSU users
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, hormonal response, balance, skin elasticity



Professor Sir Dr. Yoshiaki Sato, MD, PhD of Tokyo, Japan is the inventor of KAATSU and the pioneer of the BFR (Blood Flow Restriction) market.

This video summarizes the history of KAATSU until 2010. The video explains how KAATSU can improve blood circulation, stimulate a significant hormonal response, and improve muscle tone.

KAATSU is the Original BFR was invented in 1966. The KAATSU Cycle was invented in 1973. Its research at the University of Tokyo began in 1995 with Naokata Ishii, PhD. and its first patent was issued in 1997.

The KAATSU products have been engineered and designed in Southern California since 2014 while the initial testing and research were conducted by Dr. Sato and cardiologists Dr. Toshiaki Nakajima and Dr. Toshihiro Morita at the University of Tokyo Hospital (with over 7,000 cardiac rehab patients between 2004 and 2014. The physicians studied, tested, researched and set the protocols at the 22nd Century Medical Center in the Department of Ischemic Circulatory Physiology, Kaatsu Training, University of Tokyo.

The carefully controlled, narrow, elastic, easy-to-use pneumatic KAATSU bands automatically and safely optimizes blood circulation for muscle tone, strength, mobility, rehabilitation, and recovery.

KAATSU devices (KAATSU Master 2.0, KAATSU Cycle 2.0, KAATSU C3, KAATSU B1, KAATSU AI) included a handheld automated compressor and universal pneumatic, stretchable bands which are placed around the arms or legs. Arm bands and leg bands are used separately during each session.

The KAATSU Air Bands inflate and deflate in a patented sequence based on algorithms that are optimal for each user, no matter their age or physical abilities. KAATSU protocols are convenient, easy-to-do, and time-effective. KAATSU equipment offer unparalleled performance, precision, and safety for users of all ages, fitness levels, and walks of life - and can be used anywhere anytime to help people...

Recover Faster, Rehab Stronger and Perform Better

For more information, visit www.kaatsu.com to learn more about BFR, Blood Flow Restriction, BFR exercise, BFR science, and KAATSU protocols and how KAATSU differs from B Strong, Delfi Portable Tourniquet System for Blood Flow Restriction, Smart Cuffs, and other BFR brands and low-cost occlusion bands.

The primary differences between KAATSU and other BFR bands is:

(1) KAATSU utilizes the patented Cycle function
(2) different pressures can be simultaneously used on different limbs, including the option of doing Single-Limb KAATSU
(3) KAATSU equipment and protocols were proven safe and effective after a decade of clinical use and research on over 7,000 cardiac rehab patients at the University of Tokyo Hospital (between 2004 and 2014)
(4) KAATSU is used by cardiologists, orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, and physicians in various specialties as well as physical therapists, chiropractors, trainers and coaches
(5) KAATSU Air Bands do not occlude arterial flow
(6) KAATSU is meant to be gentle and convenient in order to do anywhere anytime
(7) KAATSU is used worldwide by people up to the age of 104
(8) more research has been conducted in more countries on KAATSU than any other BFR device
(9) the seminal, groundbreaking research on BFR was conducted and published by KAATSU inventor Dr. Yoshiaki Sato in the 1990s
(10) KAATSU Air Bands are waterproof and the KAATSU C3 is ruggedized for military applications

You can also learn more about KAATSU the Original BFR on the KAATSU Blog, Facebook, KAATSU Global Twitter, Original BFR Twitter, and Instagram.

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Dr. Sato, The KAATSU Inventor, Discusses Benefits of KAATSU

For who? Competitive athletes, Baby Boomers, KAATSU users
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, hormonal response



Professor Sir Dr. Yoshiaki Sato, MD, PhD is the inventor of KAATSU. This is a multi-part playlist of information about KAATSU by Dr. Sato from his headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

KAATSU equipment and protocols can improve blood circulation and improve muscle tone. KAATSU is the Original BFR (Blood Flow Restriction), invented in 1966 while the KAATSU Cycle was invented in 1973.

The KAATSU products are engineered and designed in Southern California while the initial testing and research were conducted by Dr. Sato and cardiologists Dr. Nakajima and Dr. Morita at the University of Tokyo Hospital with over 7,000 cardiac rehab patients between 2004 and 2014.

KAATSU is the pioneer in the emerging global BFR market. The carefully controlled, easy-to-use pneumatic KAATSU bands automatically and safely optimizes blood circulation for muscle tone, strength, mobility, rehabilitation, and recovery.

KAATSU devices (KAATSU Master 2.0, KAATSU Cycle 2.0, KAATSU C3, KAATSU B1, KAATSU AI) included a handheld automated compressor and universal pneumatic, stretchable bands which are placed around the arms or legs. Arm bands and leg bands are used separately during each session.

The KAATSU Air Bands inflate and deflate in a patented sequence based on algorithms that are optimal for each user, no matter their age or physical abilities. KAATSU protocols are convenient, easy-to-do, and time-effective. KAATSU equipment offer unparalleled performance, precision, and safety for users of all ages, fitness levels, and walks of life - and can be used anywhere anytime to help you...

Recover Faster, Rehab Stronger, Perform Better

For more information, visit the www.kaatsu.com website to learn more about BFR, Blood Flow Restriction, BFR exercise, BFR science, and KAATSU protocols and how KAATSU differs from B Strong, Delfi Portable Tourniquet System for Blood Flow Restriction, Smart Cuffs, and other BFR brands and low-cost occlusion bands.

The primary differences between KAATSU and the other BFR bands is:

(1) KAATSU utilizes the patented Cycle function
(2) different pressures can be simultaneously used on different limbs
(3) KAATSU equipment and protocols were proven safe and effective after a decade of clinical use and research on over 7,000 cardiac rehab patients at the University of Tokyo Hospital (2004 - 2014)
(4) KAATSU is used by cardiologists, orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, and physicians in various specialties
(5) KAATSU Air Bands do not occlude arterial flow
(6) KAATSU is meant to be gentle and convenient in order to do anywhere anytime
(7) KAATSU is used worldwide by people up to the age of 104
(8) more research has been conducted in more countries on KAATSU than any other BFR device
(9) the seminal, groundbreaking research on BFR was conducted and published by KAATSU inventor Dr. Yoshiaki Sato in the 1990s
(10) KAATSU Air Bands are waterproof and the KAATSU C3 is ruggedized for military applications

You can also learn more about KAATSU the Original BFR here and on Facebook, KAATSU Global Twitter, Original BFR Twitter, and Instagram.

Copyright © 2014 - 2021 by KAATSU Global

Monday, May 31, 2021

Swimming To Optimize Your Brain Function And Health

For who? Competitive athletes, Baby Boomers, swimmers
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, cognitive function






























































Ryan Glatt, MS, CPT, NBHWC is a psychometrist and a Brain Health Coach at the Brain Health Center in the Pacific Neuroscience Institute in Santa Monica, California.

The Pacific Neuroscience Institute focuses on care of patients with a spectrum of neurological and cranial disorders including brain tumors, skull base tumors, pituitary tumors, spine health, stroke and related neurovascular diseases, adult hydrocephalus, vision and hearing disorders, facial pain and paralysis syndromes, movement disorders as well as sinonasal tumors and related disorders. Additionally the brain health team cares for a wide spectrum of behavioral and cognitive disorder as well as autoimmune and neuroinflammatory disease such as Multiple Sclerosis.

Glatt talks about three types of exercise that optimize brain's function and health, and how to incorporate them into your day-to-day lifestyle in a Genius Life podcast with Max Lugavere, a television personality, health and wellness writer, science journalist, and New York Times best-selling author of Genius Foods.

Types of Exercises
* aerobic exercise
* resistance training
* skill-based training (or skillful exercise and neuromotive training)

Swimming is multi-modal. Swimming concurrently enables three types of exercise. Doing all four strokes in a pool in a standard (and innovative*) interval training workout comprises of aerobic exercise, resistance training, and skill-based training.

Aerobic Exercise
Swimming all four strokes in a pool in a standard interval training workout leads to increased heart rate and respiration rate.

Resistance Exercise
While most people do not think of swimming as resistance exercise, it clearly is. The arm movement while doing butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle involves not only pulling (in the front half of the arm strokes in all four swimming styles), but also pushing (in the last half of the arm strokes in all four swimming styles) for the upper body and core muscles.

The long-axis swimming strokes (i.e., backstroke and freestyle) and the short-axis swimming strokes (i.e., butterfly and breaststroke) work on different muscles in different ways. But, in general, the first part of the swimming strokes is a pulling action that primarily works the backs and biceps. The second part of the swimming strokes is a pushing action that primarily works the chest, shoulders and triceps.

By utilizing hand paddles, parachutes, fins, snorkels, and KAATSU Aqua Bands, the outcomes and results in the resistance realm become even greater.



Similarly, the leg and core muscles are worked differently in the long-axis and short-axis strokes. The legs either move up and down against the resistance of the water (in butterfly, backstroke, freestyle) or up and back (in breaststroke).

The quadriceps, hamstrings, calves and abdominals are used concurrently while the upper body is used. The lower body gets a focused, intense bout of exercise before and during turns at the walls of a swimming pool.

Skill-based Training
Thinking about how to swim in a more balanced and streamlined manner is a cognitive exercise as is maintaining different paces at different intervals also requires thought.

Additionally, focusing on faster turns (with increased underwater propulsion) and transitioning between butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle at fixed intervals, or progressing faster intervals, or in negative split swims also requires thought.

For the ultimate in cognitive effort, doing intervals based on prime numbers is challenging. That is, instead of doing 10x100@1:30, swimmers can do 7x100@1:27.

KAATSU
By adding KAATSU Aqua to a swimming workout, the ability to achieve Glatt's advice becomes more effective and efficient.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Robert Heiduk On Ultimate Athlete Concepts: Cut The Check Podcast

For who? Competitive athletes, Baby Boomers, retirees, masters athletes, corporate executives
For what? Strength, recovery, functional movement, mobility, balance


























Ultimate Athlete Concepts: Cut The Check Podcast featured KAATSU Master Specialist Robert Heiduk in its January 2021 podcast.

Heiduk is a German sports scientist and product scout for cutting-edge sports technology. For more than a decade, he has been active in education of coaches and in health consulting for companies like Google or PPG Industries. He has lectured internationally and wrote the book KAATSU - Das Druck-Training aus Japan: Neue Perspektiven in Sport, Therapie und Gesundheitsförderung that was also published in English as KAATSU - The Pressure Training from Japan.

Heiduk's motto is 'Whoever wants to go to the source must swim against the current'. He is shown above doing a KAATSU session with the world champion German bobsled team.

Listen to Heiduk's 42-minute podcast covering all things KAATSU the Original BFR on Ultimate Athlete Concepts here.

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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Always Start Conservatively With KAATSU

For who? Baby Boomers, retirees, masters athletes, corporate executives
For what? Strength, recovery, functional movement, mobility, balance


























When you first start KAATSU, it is extremely important and a KAATSU Golden Rule to start very gently, conservatively and slowly.

This guideline is especially true if you have any adverse medical or physiological conditions, are older than 50 years old, are sedentary or de-conditioned. This is true even if you think you are fit and can withstand great physical challenges.

The standard recommended build-up protocols when starting KAATSU, especially with older individuals, are as follows:

• In order to build up to 5-6 KAATSU Cycles in one session, build-up slowly and gradually:
• Do only 1 KAATSU Cycle in your 1st session in the first week.
• You can do 2 KAATSU Cycles in your 2nd session in the second week.
• You can do 3 KAATSU Cycles in your 3rd session in the third week.
• You can do 4 KAATSU Cycles in your 4th session in the fourth week.
• You can do 5 KAATSU Cycles in your 5th session in the fifth week.
• You can do 6 KAATSU Cycles in your 6th session in the sixth week.





































In Chapter 7 of the online KAATSU Education Program, the Standard Do’s and Don’ts of KAATSU are listed:

KAATSU can be prudently and safely incorporated into your training, rehabilitation, and recovery regimens - without performing at maximal pressure levels.

Do’s
• Always hydrate well before, during and after each KAATSU session.
• Always first use the KAATSU Cycle Mode before using the KAATSU Constant (Training) Mode.
• Always breathe throughout your KAATSU exercises. Consciously count your repetitions quietly to yourself or out loud so you do not hold your breath while doing KAATSU.
• Always place the KAATSU Air Bands at the correct location on your upper and lower limbs.
• Always confirm your KAATSU Air Bands are high enough to engorge your limbs in blood and create a pink or red color to your skin in your arms and legs. You can get distended veins, but the band pressure should not be so high to occlude your blood flow to your limbs.
• Always wear your KAATSU Air Bands over clothing (e.g., t-shirts, shirts, tights, pants, shorts).
• Always frequently check your Capillary Refill Time (CRT) throughout the KAATSU session.
• Always confirm your CRT is always less than 3 seconds in duration.
• Always release your KAATSU Air Bands if you feel something is not right or unusually uncomfortable. If you feel lightheaded or if you have an unusual pain on one side or the other, immediately stop and take off your KAATSU Air Bands.
• You can perform different exercises during your KAATSU session while doing KAATSU Cycles as you see fit.
• Use the KAATSU Cycle and the KAATSU 3-point Exercises or stretch to warm-up and to help determine the optimal SKU pressure or as a form of basic exercise for both your arms and legs.
• The veins in your limbs may become distended (i.e., pop out) and you may feel a slight tingling in your fingers or toes during the KAATSU Constant mode.
• If you experience occlusion, numbness, or any kind of lightheadedness with the KAATSU Air Bands, immediately remove the bands from your limbs. • Always check with your physician before starting a KAATSU regimen.
• Always start slowly and conservatively with KAATSU.

Don’ts
• Do not use when dehydrated or intoxicated or after or while drinking alcohol or taking medications or illegal drugs including any performance enhancing drugs.
• Do not use while driving a vehicle.
• Do not use while underwater or while holding your breath.
• Do not use while using a vibration plate or doing anything (e.g., treadmill, Bosu Balls) that you cause you to lose your balance.
• Do not fall asleep while the KAATSU Air Bands are on your arms or legs.
• Do not use if you feel pain during use.
• Do not ever partly or fully occlude your blood flow. Signs of this occlusion are collapsed veins, no pulse at your wrists, pale palms of your hand, pale or blue skin color, or severely delayed (>6 seconds) capillary refill time.
• Do not train in the KAATSU Constant mode (i.e., sustained pressure with the inflated bands) for more than 10 minutes on either your arms or your legs.
• Do not use more than 6 consecutive KAATSU Cycles in a row; always build up to 6 consecutive KAATSU Cycles and never exceed this number.
• Do not simultaneously use the KAATSU Air Bands on both your arms and legs.
• Do not lift heavy weights or heavy resistance when using the KAATSU Constant mode.
• Do not use the KAATSU Constant mode if you are older than 50, de-conditioned, overweight, tend to faint, or have White Coat Syndrome.
• Do not use the KAATSU Constant mode if you are training at altitude; only use the KAATSU Cycle mode.
• Stop KAATSU immediately if your limbs become clammy, cold, white, or pale. That physiological response may be due to occlusion of your arterial blood flow, use with heavy weights, or use with sustained vigorous activities - especially at high altitudes.
• Do not place the KAATSU Air Bands on your body other than on your upper arms or upper legs.
• Do not do KAATSU if you are pregnant, under medical treatment, have cancer, hypertension, fractures, muscle ruptures, or any acute diseases without the prior approval of your physician.
• Do not do KAATSU if you are undergoing cardiac rehabilitation or have a pacemaker.
• Do not do KAATSU if you have any of the following conditions: atrial fibrillation, acute myocardial infarction, unstable angina, ventricular tachycardia or severe arrhythmia, serious case of cardiac insufficiency (NYHA class IV), serious aortic stenosis, acute pulmonary embolism or lung infarction, acute myocarditis or pericarditis, acute vena cava dissociation, or macular degeneration.
• If you have peripheral vascular disease, Raynaud’s disease, heart disease or low blood pressure, it is essential to only use very low (conservative) pressure in the KAATSU Cycle mode.
• People with Raynaud’s disease can feel discomfort or even pain if they use high pressures on the KAATSU Air Bands. Because the capillaries are engorged in blood, this impacts the nervous system – which should be avoided for people with Raynaud’s disease.
• Do not use if you are under 14 years old. This recommendation is due to a small number of overly ambitious adults who push children too much or too long with KAATSU.
• Do not open the device and attempt to change or repair the device yourself.

Key Points When Doing KAATSU
• Always remain well hydrated before and during the entire KAATSU session.
• Always start each KAATSU session with the KAATSU Cycle. The KAATSU Cycle include 8 steps of 30 seconds pressure on followed by 5 seconds of no pressure. Each step has sequentially increasing pressure.
• First, start KAATSU on your arms and then do KAATSU on your legs.
• Never simultaneously put on or use the KAATSU Air Bands on your arms and legs.
• Always and frequently check the Capillary Refill Time on the exercising limb is within 3 seconds. Confirm that the color of the limbs remains either pink or beefy red.
• Your veins may become distended (i.e., pop out) during KAATSU.
• You may feel a slight tingling in your fingers or toes during KAATSU. This feeling is acceptable.
• Always immediately stop KAATSU and remove the KAATSU Air Bands if there is any occlusion, numbness, or paleness (i.e., whiteness, grayness, or blueness) in your limbs.
• Always immediately stop KAATSU and remove the KAATSU Air Bands if you experience any lightheadedness. Lie down with your legs elevated if necessary.
• If undergoing rehabilitation from an injury or surgery, never push your joints or your limbs to or pass the point of pain. • Do not exceed 15 minutes of KAATSU on your arms or legs.
• Keep your rest short between your sets and between exercises. Rest 20 seconds maximum between sets or 60 seconds maximum between exercises. This can be modified as necessary.
• Select exercises, movements or loads that allow slow and steady performance of a good number of repetitions (e.g., 30-40 in first set, 20-30 in the second set, >15 in the third set).
• Do 3-4 sets of each exercise and then continue with a different exercise. If only one limb is being exercised at a time, first do 3-4 sets on that limb and then proceed with 3-4 sets on the other limb.
• Reach maximum effort (or go to muscular or technical failure) within each set if you want to build muscular strength or increase muscle tone or size.
• KAATSU should be implemented with the understanding of your physician or physical therapist. KAATSU can be incorporated with your physical therapy routine.
• KAATSU can be performed with most kinds of exercise equipment.
• Conduct movements slowly, steadily and with good range of motion unless you are performing a specific athletic movement (e.g., swinging a golf club, swinging a bat, throwing a ball, cycling, swimming, practicing race starts or jumps). In these cases of athletic movements, move at the speed in which you want to perform.
• Try to reach muscular failure or technical failure during each set of each exercise.
• The dual combination of Base SKU pressure and Optimal SKU pressure is a critical element of KAATSU. The Base SKU pressure is the manual tightening of your KAATSU Air Bands. The Optimal SKU is the inflated pressure of your inflated KAATSU Air Bands. If the Base SKU is low, the Optimal SKU will be higher. Conversely, if the Base SKU is high, the Optimal SKU will be lower. The Base SKU (i.e., manually tightened KAATSU Air Bands) in combination with Optimal SKU (i.e., inflated KAATSU Air Bands) is critically important to set the pressures necessary to achieve maximum benefits from KAATSU.
• KAATSU Air Band placement is critically important. The KAATSU Air Bands can only be used in two locations: above your biceps and triceps, but below your deltoids near your armpit on your arms, and above your quadriceps and hamstrings near your groin on your legs.
• Muscle contraction in your limbs temporarily squeezes venous blood past the KAATSU Air Band on your limbs.
• KAATSU is the original BFR (blood flow restriction), but KAATSU is not Occlusion Training or Tourniquet Training.
• Occlusion Training or Tourniquet Training is a type of training where blood is reduced or restricted going from your torso to your limbs. This is not KAATSU. • The term "occlusion" implies that the blood flow is restricted or stopped from going from your torso to your limbs.
• In contrast, the interaction of the blood flow both in and out of your limbs during the KAATSU Cycle and KAATSU Constant modes is vitally important to realize the benefits, safety, and efficacy of KAATSU.
• KAATSU is a means to safely moderate blood circulation both in and out of your limbs. KAATSU slows the venous outflow that leads to backing up and engorging your limbs in blood. This is why the KAATSU Cycle is important; the vascular system must be warmed up first before starting KAATSU Constant.
• If you want to build strength or improve muscular size and tone, do sets of each KAATSU to either muscular or technical failure. If the Optimal SKU is set correctly, the duration (or repetitions) of each set will be reduced. That is, if set #1 is 1 minute in duration (or 30-40 repetitions), then rest for a maximum of 20 seconds and continue with set #2. You should reach your muscular or technical failure before 1 minute or 30-40 repetitions in Set #2. Rest should be no more than 20 seconds before set #3 begins. In set #3, you should reach your muscular or technical failure in a shorter time duration or fewer repetitions in Set #2.
• The veins in your limbs may become distended (i.e., pop out) during the KAATSU Constant mode.
• You may feel a slight tingling in your fingers or toes during the KAATSU Constant mode. This is acceptable, but KAATSU should be immediately stopped if there is any occlusion, lightheadedness, or numbness or whiteness in your limbs.
• KAATSU should be implemented with the understanding of your physician.
• Wait at least 72 hours after a surgery to start KAATSU with the approval of your physician.

Conservatively Start KAATSU
• Always start slowly and conservatively with KAATSU, especially if you have any adverse medical or physiological conditions, are older than 50 years old, or are sedentary or de-conditioned.
• In order to build up to 5-6 KAATSU Cycles in one session, adhere to the following protocols especially if you have any adverse medical or physiological conditions, are older than 50 years old, or are sedentary or de-conditioned.
>> Do only 1 KAATSU Cycle in your 1st session in the first week.
>> You can do 2 KAATSU Cycles in your 2nd session in the second week.
>> You can do 3 KAATSU Cycles in your 3rd session in the third week.
>> You can do 4 KAATSU Cycles in your 4th session in the fourth week.
>> You can do 5 KAATSU Cycles in your 5th session in the fifth week.
>> You can do 6 KAATSU Cycles in your 6th session in the sixth week.

Seek Medical Advice Before Starting KAATSU
• It is important to seek advice from your physician before starting KAATSU.
• Do not do KAATSU if you are under 14 years old, under 18 years old without adult supervision, pregnant, under medical treatment, have cancer, hypertension, fractures, muscle ruptures, undergoing cardiac rehabilitation, have a pacemaker, heart disease, atrial fibrillation, acute myocardial infarction, unstable angina, ventricular tachycardia or severe arrhythmia, serious case of cardiac insufficiency (NYHA class IV), serious aortic stenosis, acute pulmonary embolism or lung infarction, acute myocarditis or pericarditis, acute vena cava dissociation, macular degeneration, or any acute diseases without the prior approval of your physician.
• If you have peripheral vascular disease, Raynaud’s disease, multiple sclerosis or low blood pressure, it is essential to only use very low (conservative) pressure in the KAATSU Cycle mode.
• People with Raynaud’s disease or multiple sclerosis can feel discomfort or even pain if they use high pressures on the KAATSU Air Bands.
• These protocols have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and its use should be evaluated by your own physician before use.

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