Stim or Compex Protocol



The massage program is the only one that works over a constant frequency, while Tempo and Active Recovery sweep through a range of 2-8 Hz to provide greater variation of muscle pulsing.  The rate and duration of sweep changes in each program.  Based on my experience with athletes I have found that a variety of pulsing programs seems to work best (much like massage techniques) so that the athlete does not become too accustomed to the same approach.


For athletes that have significant muscle tone (high) issues, I’ll typically start with the Massage program and then gradually work into the Active Recover and Tone Reduction programs.  For athletes that need basic recovery work after a workout or competition, we commonly use the Active Recovery program and the range of Tempo programs provided in the Speed Coach menu.  Some of it may be psychological, as athletes have remarked that they like the variation (i.e. “This program feels a bit different than the previous one!”)   Strangely enough, people embrace variety.


Prior to beginning method complete:

  1. Perform your prescribed individualized Vestibular Activation Reset (VAR)


In order to implement these protocols, take the following under advisory:

  1. AR: modulation 2-8 Hz in 8 sec for 20 minutes 
  2. Tempo 1-5:  modulation 2-8 Hz in 10 sec for 13.5 min in Tempo 1, and building up to 27 minutes in Tempo 5
  3. Massage constant 8 Hz for 20 minutes


Suggested frequency of recovery method:

  1. Two to three times per week


Methods that can be completed prior:

  1. Reflexive Performance Reset Pre-Recovery
  2. Listening to Oms
  3. Listening to Binaural Tones
  4. Eucalyptus Implementation
  5. EPO Release Methods


After completing protocol; here are some complementary methods:

  1. 20 Minute Walk
  2. 20 Minute Bike
  3. Sauna Protocol
  4. NormaTec Recovery System
  5. Closed Chain Health Bouncing – Lymphatic Care