Frequently Asked Questions

How well does it work?

The speed at which you recover involves several factors, such as your age and level of fitness. No matter your situation, however, the Rapid Reboot recovery system can significantly cut down your recovery time by assisting your body’s healing process. The system was based on existing medical technology that employs intermittent compression. Years of medical research and application have proven the benefit of these devices. As a result, intermittent compression devices are ideal for athletes who must constantly recover and heal as they push their bodies to new limits.

Why is it not cold?

While cold therapy is important to reducing swelling, especially after injury, evidence suggests that ice baths and other cold therapies can actually inhibit recovery rather than aid it. As an article from LAVA Magazine explains, “the central complaint on icing is that it slows down blood flow into and out of the region. This reduces the flow of nutrients in and waste products out.” This is especially true when you’re immersed in cold or use it for extended periods: “It may feel like you’re doing something proactive when it comes to the goal of mitigating the physical stress of hard training, but in fact it might actually be screwing up the natural healing processes at work. It may be setting you back.”

Enter Rapid Reboot, which uses dynamic compression technology to help you recover: “When it comes to the circulation of blood and lymph, more is better, and this is one reason why compression technologies have become standard in performance athletics, with compression socks, tights, and…inflatable compression.”

Here’s some more evidence from another study:

“Cold water immersion attenuated long term gains in muscle mass and strength. It also blunted the activation of key proteins and satellite cells in skeletal muscle up to 2 days after strength exercise.”

“Because muscle protein synthesis depends on an adequate blood supply, the decrease in muscle blood flow after cold water immersion may have important implications for muscle metabolism during recovery from exercise. For example, lower blood flow in muscle in response to cold water immersion could reduce muscle protein synthesis. This might explain, in part, previous observations that cold water immersion attenuates gains in muscle strength and endurance capacity following strength training.

Roberts, L. A., Raastad, T., Markworth, J. F., Figueiredo, V. C., Egner, I. M., Shield, A., … Peake, J. M. (2015). Post-exercise cold water immersion attenuates acute anabolic signalling and long-term adaptations in muscle to strength training. The Journal of Physiology593(Pt 18), 4285–4301. http://doi.org/10.1113/JP270570

When should I use it?

Rapid Reboot is ideal right after a workout, race, or event, especially after a long, arduous one. However, you can use the boots after a long day, anytime your legs are feeling sore, or whenever you feel you need to reboot!

Another important thing to remember is that while Rapid Reboot can help with recovery after one use, helping your body recover is an investment of time and requires consistency. In other words, make a habit of using Rapid Reboot!

Also, remember to eat well and get enough sleep. Dynamic compression is an important part of recovery, but it’s not the only part.

How long do I use it?

Rapid Reboot comes with three time settings – 10, 20, and 30 minutes. Use these depending on the intensity of your training, race, or event. To recover from a long, arduous workout, for example, you’ll want to use the boots for at least 20 or 30 minutes.  For a quick reboot or pre-workout session, 10 minutes should be enough to make your legs and body feel great!

One thing to bear in mind is that longer is not necessarily better, especially after 30 minutes. There is no harm in going longer, but you get all the benefit you need within 30 minutes of using the boots, even after a long race or intense workout.

How much pressure should I use?

An important thing to know is that even a relatively low pressure setting can provide some benefit. That said, what pressure you use is mostly a matter of preference. Some people enjoy a higher pressure setting and tighter compression.

No matter what your pressure preference, the compression from the boots should never hurt or be uncomfortable. If it is, decrease the pressure in the boots using the control pump until the pressure is more comfortable.

Who can use it?

Rapid Reboot is ideal for every athlete at every level in every sport: triathlons, Crossfit, weightlifting, cross-country, track, cycling, gymnastics, marathons, basketball, football, baseball, golf, etc. However, because the system promotes healthy blood flow, a wide variety of people can use it, from teachers who are on their feet all day to truckers who sit all day.

Although devices like Rapid Reboot have a variety of medical applications, consult your doctor if you have concerns or if you have had a blood clot or stroke. He or she may advise you to use Rapid Reboot differently based on your individual medical needs.

Who uses it now?

Rapid Reboot may be the newest name in recovery technology, but it’s also the fastest growing. You’ll find athletes from all over the world using the Rapid Reboot recovery system. And it’s not just for individual athletes, although its price, portability, comfort, size options, customizability, and ease-of-use make it perfect for everyone. College programs are finding Rapid Reboot offers a lot of quality for an unbeatable price. Plus, with all the love that was built into them, athletes and athletic trainers alike are finding they like our boots better than the other guys.

If you want to see an honest review (we didn’t pay him to say what he says, we swear) of what you get with the Rapid Reboot recovery system, check out this video from Matt Vincent.

How do I clean it?

Because the boots have a seamless inside and exterior and hold no moisture, cleaning them is simple: wipe them down with a cleaning wipe or a rag soaked in diluted cleaner. You can then dry them with a dry towel or let them air dry. Either way they’ll dry fast! This also means no machine washing is necessary.

Even though the plug attached to the hoses comes with a cap to prevent a lot of water and debris from getting into the boots and, more importantly, the pump, avoid submerging the hoses, plug, and outlet on the pump in water or cleaner. This will ensure your pump runs smoothly for a long time!

Is it FDA cleared?

Yes. The Rapid Reboot system is a Class II device that has a certificate of registration with the FDA (Cert. No. 2006US124518­­). Because it is a Class II device, it does not require the designation “FDA Approved.” It is, however, FDA cleared.

Although devices like Rapid Reboot have a variety of medical applications, if you have existing medical conditions such as Deep Vein Thrombosis, or have had a stroke or embolism in the past, we encourage you to ask your doctor before using Rapid Reboot regularly. Your doctor may advise you to use Rapid Reboot differently based on your individual medical needs.

What does the warranty cover?

As athletes ourselves, we understand the importance of recovery. We also understand the importance of reliability. That is why we set out to create an affordable and reliable compression recovery system that also comes with a reliable warranty.

The Rapid Reboot Recovery Boots System comes with a two-year warranty to protect you from manufacturing defects, malfunctions, premature product failures, and accidental damages. That said, we want to take care of you no matter what, even after the two years. If anything happens, please let us know. We stand behind our product—and you. That means you can always email us at service@rapidreboot.com or speak to us directly by calling 801-899-7511. Each case will be handled on an individual basis, but we want to help you train, reboot, and repeat as fast as possible without having to worry about an unforgiving warranty.

To read more about the warranty, you can go to the Warranty page under the Get Started tab.

Can I use my HSA or FSA account?

As a type II medical device registered with the FDA, the Rapid Reboot recovery system is generally covered by HSA, HRA, and FSA accounts. Talk to your specific insurance provider if you have questions concerning whether or not your plan covers medical compression devices.

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