FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about KAATSU

FAQs

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Who uses KAATSU?

Olympic and Paralympic athletes around the world, professional athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS and Major League Soccer, collegiate athletes in over 70 universities, military personnel and special operators in the U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force, firefighters, acrobats, business executives, professional motorcycle riders, disabled veterans, and aquatic athletes (surfers, paddleboarders, kayakers, swimmers and water polo players), and extreme athletes in mountaineering and channel swimming. But the largest market is aging Baby Boomers (i.e., people over the age of 55).

Why do KAATSU?

KAATSU presents a radically new paradigm in the exercise, rehabilitation and recover markets. KAATSU is safe, effective and efficient and can be done anywhere anytime. KAATSU enables us to exercise or rehabilitate at your office, in the comfort of your home, or while watching TV or reading a book. KAATSU has proven safe with over 20 million sessions in over 45 countries by people of all ages and from all walks of life.

What are the benefits of KAATSU?

You can tone or build your muscle, rehabilitate faster from injuries, and recover quickly and effectively from vigorous work and competition - with the KAATSU equipment. The handheld exercise-and-rehab equipment can be taken anywhere and be done anytime, dramatically increasing your time management and efficiency. After KAATSU is integrated into your lifestyle, you can restructure your daily life for the better. You can literally buy yourself more time and take efficiency to an entirely new realm.

What is KAATSU?

KAATSU is patented automated pressure equipment that comprises of a handheld compressor and pneumatic, stretchable bands that are placed around your arms or legs in order to optimize blood circulation and hormonal production for health, fitness, rehabilitation, and recovery. The bands inflate and deflate based on patented algorithms that boost circulation, improve hormonal balance, and develop muscle tone in a time-effective manner with minimum of effort.

What is the difference between KAATSU and BFR?

KAATSU is the original BFR (Blood Flow Restriction). The primary difference is that KAATSU does not use blood pressure cuffs or tourniquets that is designed to keep blood out of the limb. KAATSU's equipment is designed to modify the venous flow or the blood flow from your limbs back to your torso. Also, very importantly, KAATSU has a well-established proven safety record for over 20 years.

What is KAATSU used for?

KAATSU is used in three primary areas: athletic performance, rehabilitation from injuries, and recovery from vigorous training or surgeries.

How does KAATSU compare to others?

KAATSU Delfi B Strong Smart Cuffs Normatec Occlusion
Bands
Automated Pneumatic Pumps with Elastic Bands
No Risk of Limb Occlusion
Customizable Pressure on Different Limbs
Ability to Untether from Device
Simultaneous Limb Use
Health and Usage Data Collection
Accessible Certification Program
Demographic Comparative Analyses
Seminal Peer-review BFR Studies
Follow-up Peer-review BFR Studies
Global Patents on Intellectual Property
Automated Progressive Pressure
Monthly Payments
Precise Pressure (down to 1 mmHg)
Proven Safe for Elderly
Enables Full-Range of Motion
Smartphone Capabilities
Waterproof Bands when Untethered
Global Distribution
Military Adoption
Olympic and Pro Sports Adoption
Paraplegic Adoption
Hospital Adoption
Recovery Applications
Athletic Performance Applications
Rehabilitation Applications
Family of Product Models
MSRP $900-1,500 $5,000+ $430 $399+ $995 $20+
Comparative data is accurate to the best of our knowledge and based on available information from competitors' websites and other marketing materials.

What is SKU?

SKU stands for Standard KAATSU Unit, a proprietary unit of measurement of the KAATSU Air Band's amount of compression on your limbs

What does KAATSU mean?

KAATSU is a Japanese word written as ??. Its English translation is "additional pressure."

What is KAATSU Cycle Mode?

KAATSU CYCLE ?is the patented automated process of compression and decompression of KAATSU Air Bands, inflated repeatedly in gradually increasing amounts. Each Cycle includes 8 steps. The pressure can be personalized between 20-60 seconds of inflation, followed by 5-20 seconds of deflation.

What is KAATSU Constant Mode?

The KAATSU Constant mode is when the KAATSU Air Bands maintain the same fixed pressure for up to 15 minutes. On previous models, this was known as the Training Mode.

What is a set?

A set is one complete KAATSU Cycle of 8 repeated steps of compression and decompression.

What is a step?

A step is a 30-second interval of inflation in the KAATSU Cycle mode. There are 8 steps in each set.

What is the difference between Fixed and Progressive pressures?

The Fixed Mode allows you to do repeated Cycles at the same pressure. The Progressive Mode allows you to do multiple Cycles that increases in pressure. THIS ONLY APPLIES TO THE B1 DEVICE.

Where should your arm bands be placed?

KAATSU Air Bands should be place high on your upper arms, above your biceps and triceps, near your armpit, and below your deltoid muscles. There is no other place to safely place the KAATSU Air Bands on your arms.

Where should your leg bands be placed?

KAATSU Air Bands should be place high on your upper legs, above your quadriceps and hamstrings, near your groin, positioned at a slight angle following your bikini/brief line. There is no other place to safely place the KAATSU Air Bands on your legs.

How tightly should you place the bands on your arms?

KAATSU Air Bands should be ?placed snugly, but not too tightly on your arms. One-finger tightness is generally best for most users. That is, you can place one finger between your arms and the bands. The skin of your arms should turn a slight pink or redness color when the KAATSU Air Bands are on. Immediately remove the KAATSU Air Bands if your skin of your arms becomes white, gray or blue, or you become lightheaded, or your hands get clammy.

How tightly should you place the bands on your legs?

KAATSU Air Bands should be ?placed snugly, but not too tightly on your legs. One-finger tightness is generally best for most users. That is, you can place one finger between your legs and the bands. The skin on your legs should turn a slight pink or redness color when the KAATSU Air Bands are on. Immediately remove the KAATSU Air Bands if your skin becomes white, gray or blue, or you become lightheaded, or your hands get clammy.

Can KAATSU be used in the water?

KAATSU Air Bands are made from neoprene and are used by swimmers and water polo players in the pool, and by surfers, kayakers, SUP paddlers, and rowers in the open water. People doing aquarobics and aqua therapy can also use in therapy pools.

How long should you do KAATSU per day?

In order to maintain your wellness and fitness, you can do a single session of 10-15 minutes per day in order to see benefits and results. But you can do repeated (2-3) sessions of KAATSU Cycles per day as you wish and as time permits. This is especially useful when KAATSU is used for rehabilitation and as an augmentation to traditional physical therapy.

Can you use KAATSU simaltaneously on your arms and legs?

NO. Do not simultaneously do KAATSU Cycle mode or KAATSU Constant mode on your arms and legs. This can be dangerous and introduces the risk of becoming lightheaded and fainting.

Is KAATSU used by the US military and federal government?

KAATSU Global is on the United States Federal Government General Services Agreement (GSA) schedule for sales to all U.S. Federal and U.S. Government entities. KAATSU products are considered U.S. operational equipment and are available exclusively to the U.S. and allied Armed Forces, first responders, vetted government contractors, emergency responders and officers.

Is KAATSU reimbursable by medical insurance in the US?

The most commonly used CPT® (Current Procedural Terminology) medical codes used by physicians, health professionals, nonphysician practitioners, hospitals, outpatient facilities, and laboratories to receive reimbursement for KAATSU since 2014 include the following: