User Guide

What is the SOP for athletes?

Athlete uses Recovery Systems a part of their recovery regimen, managing discomfort or muscle soreness from training, by improving their lymphatic and circulatory systems. It’s one of the modalities they use to aid their recovery, other than sleep and nutrition. 


Endurance Athletes (with no medical indication)

  1. Short training session (e.g. 90 mins swim/ 60 mins run/ 90 mins easy cycle):
    • 20 to 30 mins recovery on Mode B (Sequential)


2. Intensive training session (e.g. run of 90 mins or shorter interval session/ more than 90 mins hard or hilly bike ride/ 2 hours swim):

    • 40 to 60 mins recovery on Mode B (Sequential)


3. Frequency and timing of recovery session: 

    • 1 session a day is good, 2 – 3 sessions a day for those under heavy training load will enhance recovery
    • Many people fall asleep during a session as the bodies parasympathetic system is activated (neurological recovery) so the last session before bed is likely to improve sleep quality
    • Weekends are a great time for 60-min recovery sessions

4. Warm-Up:

    • 10 to 20 mins before an event, this is a great idea in cooler climates where it may be otherwise difficult. Our muscle oxygen data has shown that in 8 to 10 mins on Recovery Systems is the equivalent of a 30-min warm-up


5. Pressure Recommendations: 

    • Higher pressure isn’t necessarily better; blood volume varies based on the size of the person and other factors
    • Black Max Pro recommended settings between level 4 to level 6 to start off with, and then adjust the intensity level according to your comfort level as the treatment progresses
    • Leg cuffs – you should never be uncomfortable on your feet and legs, 140 to 180 mmhg in pressure should be comfortable for most users
    • Arm and Torso cuff – should be no more than 120 mmhg in pressure

* These are guidelines only for athletes and sportspersons.

What is the SOP for medical users?

Medical conditions and application may vary from case to case, please consult and follow your medical practitioner’s recommendation and guidelines before using it.

Is Recovery Systems designed for daily use?

Yes, many athletes and customers are using Recovery Systems once daily or a few sessions a day.

When to use it? What pressure? How often? How long should I use?

Recovery Systems can be used any time, most treatments are between 20 to 30 minutes, at your preferred pressure level, longer if required and multiple times a day if required. 

Can Recovery Systems be used for a warm-up?

Yes, our data has shown that 8 to 10 minutes as warmup on our Recovery Systems will bring your muscle oxygen up to a point that would normally take 30 minutes to reach. 

See the graph below, the biggest boost in muscle oxygen activity occurs in the first 8 to 10 mins treatment on Recovery Systems. 

What are the recommended pressure levels and treatment times?

A general rule of thumb for athletes is to set the pressure based on their comfort levels. For medical cases, please consult your medical practitioner for a recommendation as the pressure level should be adjusted to the individual’s level of comfort, tolerance and response to treatment under medical guidance. 

There is also no standard consensus on the frequency of treatments. Depending on the individual situation, treatment duration of 30 minutes to two hours and the frequency could be 1 to 4 times daily based on the needs. Before bedtime often promotes sleep quality.

How to use it?

All our models are user-friendly and simple to use. Simply follow these 4 simple steps:

  1. Plug & Connect – Plug the control unit into the power source (except our Black Max Pro which is our battery version). Connect the cuffs hose connector into the control unit. 
  2. Sit and Zip – Find a comfortable sitting or lying position, slip into the cuffs and zip them up.
  3. Set & Start – Select your preferred treatment mode, timer and pressure level, then Start.
  4. Rest & Relax – Relax and enjoy the treatment. Read a book, sip your coffee or look at your phone. Or even taking a short nap while using it.

Also, you may adjust the pressure levels and duration in the midst of treatment.

What happens if I fall asleep when using it?
How do I clean it?

The cuffs are easy to maintain and clean, simply wipe with mild antiseptic soap and water solution with a damp cloth. 

How It Works

What is Intermittent Pneumatic Compression? How does it work?

In simple terms, it’s an active compression to speed up the body’s natural healing process by flushing out the bad stuff and bringing in the good stuff for faster healing and recovery.

While using our Recovery Systems, your legs or limbs are enclosed in a cuff. The cuff fills with air and squeezes the legs, much like a blood pressure cuff. Then the cuff deflates and relaxes. This inflating and deflating process repeats over and over during the treatment cycle. The compression helps move blood through your veins towards your heart. It also promotes the natural release of substances in your body that help prevent clots. Between compressions, the leg cuffs relax, and oxygen-rich blood continues to flow in the arteries of your legs. 

What are the benefits of using Recovery Systems?
  • Increase circulation
  • Accelerates removal of metabolic waste, help muscles recover by ridding them of lactic
    acid build-up
  • Speeds up muscle repair from training
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Prevention
  • Speeds up recovery, healing and gains from sports training and competition
  • Can be used pre-workout as an effective warmup, and post workout to help muscles
    recover, heal and improve faster than rest or massage.
  • Relieves swelling caused by conditions such as DVT, diabetes, lymphoma, edema and
    other circulatory issues. (Please consult your medical practitioner first)
How does Recovery Systems promote athletes recovery and also reduce swelling for individuals with swelling conditions?

We designed our products for athletes for home use with the Intermittent Pneumatic Compression technology which employs the inflating and deflating of air that fills the leg cuffs that enclosed the legs. The repeated process of squeezing and releasing of the leg cuffs speed up the elimination of swelling which is a classic symptom post workout. 

Aside from faster removal of waste products and delivery of fresh nutrients for faster healing and recovery, it also improves joint awareness, movement efficiency, and more importantly a reduction of soreness, getting you ready for action again, sooner. Most importantly, the recovery process can be done any time at the comfort of your home. 

Read more about How It Works here

What happens to legs and arms after using it?

Most people describe that their limbs feel lighter, fresher, well recovered and ready to go again.

What are the medical conditions our products used to manage?

Management for individuals with DVT, lymphoma, post orthopedic, pre and post-natal and chronic venous insufficiency.

What are the contra-indications?

Do not use the products without first consulting your medical practitioners if you know or suspect you may have the following conditions:

  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Pulmonary embolism (blood clot) or edema
  • Inflammation of the skin (e.g.: cellulitis, erysipelas)
  • Thrombophlebitis
  • Acute infections
  • Ischemic vascular disease
  • Severe peripheral neuropathy
  • Congestive cardiac failure
  • Wounds, lesions, or tumors at or near the site of application
  • Bone fractures or dislocations at or near the site of application
  • Other related issues and complications
What are the main treatment modes in Recovery Systems, the difference between the Mode A and Mode B?

Mode A – Peristaltic treatment, one chamber/zone of the cuff will inflate and deflate at a time as it progresses up through its cycle to all chambers. Commonly used for medical treatment and management.

Mode B – Sequential treatment, each chamber/ zone will inflate and stay inflated as it progresses through the cycle to all chambers before deflating all chambers at the same time. Commonly used for athlete recovery treatment. 

Mode A and B are the main clinically proven treatment modes. Some of our models offer additional modes which are variations of mode A and B to give different massage options. 

Does Recovery Systems use ice or cold air in its treatment?
What is the difference between compression garments and intermittent pneumatic compression therapy employed by Recovery Systems?

Static compression garments offer a limited increase in blood flow and have limited effectiveness due to their static nature. With Recovery Systems, the pressure of the squeeze and release function is around 10 times that of static compression, greatly influencing blood flow and the associated healing. It utilizes intermittent compression to speed up the body’s natural recovery process, providing quicker recovery times than traditional solutions alone, including compression socks, massage, or rest.

Uses of our products improve recovery, rehabilitation, mobility, and maintenance of the athlete’s peak condition.

Read more about How It Works here

What is the difference between a sports massage and intermittent pneumatic compression therapy employed by Recovery Systems?

With the squeezing and releasing motion that travels up and down your limbs simultaneously, the coverage using Recovery Systems is more than what you’ll receive from a massage. No masseur can massage both of your legs or limbs at the same time, which makes Recovery Systems a highly effective form of recovery. 

Also, you can use it at home, you don’t have to make an appointment or travel to a massage center. You can even share within your family, it’s shareable and affordable. It’s definitely good value with affordability and portability, more than what massage can offer.

Product Series

How many models of Recovery Systems are there available today?

We have 4 models under the Recovery Systems family, namely

  1. Black Max Pro
  2. Blue Max
  3. Black Max 2
  4. Mini Max 
  5. Super Boots (for equine)

Find out more about our Product Family here

What cuffs are available for Recovery Systems?

We offer multiple cuffs options for targeted treatment of different areas under our product series; they are leg cuffs, arm, torso, hip & glute and pants.

How to select the right model for me? Which is best for me?

We offer a range of models to cater for different preference, needs and budget. 

Here’s a selection guide to help you select the right model:

1. Functionality – Are you a pro-athlete, weekend warrior, sports team, clubs, family or organization or frequent traveler?

If you want the sharing capability of 2-to-share, you may select the Blue Max and Black Max Pro models. 

Black Max Pro is a battery version with a universal voltage power adaptor, which means you can travel to any country for competition or work without the worry of the voltage restriction.

2. Portability – Where do you think you want to use it at?

Black Max Pro is our battery version which is very popular due to its portability, travelling with the recovery is a breeze.

Our Mini Max can be used on plane installed with power plug, its leg cuffs are knee-length, so you don’t have to be sitting at the business class to enjoy in-flight comfort. It can be used as DVT prevention during long haul travel.

3. Purpose – Which areas do I want to treat?

Treatment always starts with the legs, our standard sets all comes with the leg cuffs. If you like to treat other key muscle groups, you can select our higher range model which offer more additional cuffs options, such as Blue Max or Black Max Pro.

4. Affordability – What is my budget?

Our range of models comes with different price points to meet the different budget needs. It starts from S$750 for our Mini Max, followed by our budget version Black Max 2.

Who uses Recovery Systems? Who are your customers?

Our products are widely used by professional/ elite athletes, Olympic gold medalists, world champions, Rugby World Cup referees, weekend warriors and fitness enthusiasts from all sports. In addition, we have individuals with medical conditions using our products for treatment and management of swelling conditions, following their medical practitioner advice and guidelines. So it’s beneficial to everyone, not just athletes.

What sets Recovery Systems apart from competitors? Why choose us? How is Recovery Systems different from other products?

Recovery Systems offers a range of models with different price range and functionality to satisfy individuals of different activity levels, from elite athletes, weekend warriors to those expected to be on their feet for extended period of time at work. Even those suffering from swelling conditions will benefits from using them. Our standard system comes with a pair of leg cuffs and a carry bag, which starts from S$750. 

Recovery Systems provides a 2-year warranty for our premium models and 1-year warranty for our budget and travel series. In addition to legs recovery, there are options for arm, torso, hip and glutes recovery for more targeted treatment areas. 

Recovery Systems continues to innovate to both meet the standards and needs of compression recovery in terms of design, functionality and at an affordable price point. 

  • User-friendly control panel
  • Made to the highest standards FDA certified  
  • Innovative and thoughtful DUO systems to have 2 people to sharing 1 machine concurrently
  • Wide range of compression intensity levels to suit all preferences and comfort
  • Multiple treatment modes to suit different protocols and preference.
  • Good Value for Money – offering price in reach for most people from our range of products, from budget model to premium battery model. 
  • Dual-voltage for Black Max Pro and Mini Max – convenient for travel
  • Specially designed air chambers to provide an adaptive and conforming fit for more effective result.
  • Customizable zone setting – deactivation of individual air chamber for optimal comfort or targeted treatment
  • Easy to change the settings mid-session
  • Durable and high quality TPU fabric for maximum comfort and dynamic compression
  • Multiple cuffs options to treat different areas
  • Cuffs are easy to put on and remove
  • Cuffs are easy to clean for good hygiene and skin care
Where can I try them?

There is a list of resellers on our website or you can contact us at [email protected] to organize a try out. 

Where can I buy them?
You can buy through our website or authorized resellers here
Can I rent Recovery Systems?
How does the Rental and Option to Purchase work?

A security deposit of the full price is charged at the start of the rental period. 

If you opt to purchase the product at the end of the rental period, all the rental fees paid towards the equipment rental will be used to offset the full price of the Recovery Systems. To say, it’s actually a risk-free rent-trial period for serious customers who want to test the products and experience for themselves before buying.

However, if you opt out of the purchase option, the balance of security deposit less the rental fees incurred for the rental period will be refunded, provided that all items are returned in good condition.

For more information, please read our Rental Agreement and Rental Policy

Payment & Shipping

What form of payment do you accept?

We accept credit cards and PayPal for orders on our website. We also accept bank transfer and international wire transfer.

How do I pay with PayPal?

If you choose to pay through PayPal, you’ll be redirected to a secure PayPal page and then back to Recovery Systems to confirm the order. 

You may be able to pay with a card via PayPal without a PayPal account. Here’s how:

Click Check out with PayPal and you’ll be redirected to PayPal. Instead of choosing to pay with your PayPal account, select Pay with Debit or Credit Card.

You’ll be prompted to fill in your billing and credit card information.

Enter your email address so PayPal can send you a receipt.

Click Continue to return to Recovery Systems. Your payment isn’t sent until you click Submit order on Recovery Systems.

PayPal places restrictions on how often you can use their Guest Checkout feature. If you run into any trouble or have any questions about PayPal’s Guest Checkout, please contact PayPal directly.

Do you offer instalment plan?
Do you charge sales tax?

No, we do not charge sales tax.

For international shipping, any applicable value added tax (VAT), Goods and Services Tax (GST) and other import taxes will be calculated and determined by the local customs based on the merchandise total and displayed on your order confirmation. Our shipping agent will liaise with you on the local tax payment method to the local customs.

Where do you ship to?

We ship internationally with our shipping specialists, DHL and FedEx to deliver globally with tracking services.

For international shipping, the customer has to be responsible for any applicable value added tax (VAT), Goods and Services Tax (GST) and other import taxes which will be calculated and determined by the local customs based on the merchandise total and displayed on your order confirmation. Our shipping agent will liaise with you on the local tax payment method to the local customs.

What is your delivery time?

Domestic Shipping

Upon receiving your order and payment online, Recovery Systems will process your orders within two (2) working days. You will receive an order confirmation by either email or phone. Once the products are packed, we will contact you to confirm on the preferred delivery date and time. 

Recovery Systems partners with a few local courier companies for Singapore domestic delivery. Our local customer enjoys free shipping in Singapore for purchase S$500 and above. Otherwise, a flat delivery fee of S$20 shall be paid by the customer.

International Shipping

Upon receiving your order and payment online, Recovery Systems will process your orders within three (3) working days. You will receive an order confirmation by either email or phone. Once the products are packed, we will provide you with a tracking number which provides real-time, detailed progress of the shipment. Recovery Systems uses DHL and FedEx as our international delivery partners, or we may appoint other freight companies from time to time. Transit time is normally within 5 working days. International shipping fees and local custom duties and tax shall be paid by the customers.

For international shipping, any applicable value added tax (VAT), Goods and Services Tax (GST) and other import taxes will be calculated and determined by the local customs based on the merchandise total and displayed on your order confirmation. You have to make any local tax payment to the local customs or liaise with our shipping agent on the payment methods.

What are your shipping charges?
The shipping charges will be computed at Checkout.

Returns & Warranty

Will the cuffs tear, rip and pop easily?

Highly unlikely, our cuffs are made of a highly durable medical grade thermoplastic urethane (TPU) fabric and components. That being said, we won’t recommend users to abuse it.

Do you provide 100% Money-Back Guarantee?

Yes, we are confident with our products that we offer a 14-Day Money-Back Guarantee for all our customers. If you are not satisfied with our Recovery Systems products, you may return them to us within 14 days from the date of you received the products for a full refund. You will be responsible for the return shipping charges and do note that shipping charged incurred are not refundable. 

For details on our Return Policy, please click here

What are the warranty periods for all Recovery Systems products?

What does the warranty covers?

Our Standard Warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship for all our products, including control unit, internal battery, attachments and other accessories such as the leg cuffs, hip & glute cuff, arm cuffs, torso and pants cuff.

For more information, please read our Product Warranty Policy

Do you offer Extended Warranty beyond the Standard Warranty?

Yes, Extended Warranty may be purchased on the day of purchase of Recovery Systems product, for an additional period of 1 year from the date of expiry of the original Standard Warranty.

It covers defects in materials and workmanship for control unit only, beyond the standard limited warranty period.

For more information, please read our Extended Warranty Policy