The mission of Operation Healing Forces (OHF) is to help active-duty and recent veteran wounded, ill and injured Special Operations Forces (SOF) and their families with mental, physical and emotional healing. Its goal is to help them return to the fight or transition successfully into civilian life.
KAATSU Global has partnered with OHF to aid SOF and their families by supplying KAATSU equipment to foster rehabilitation, reintegration and resiliency in the Special Operations community.
KAATSU is the pioneer in the BFR (Blood Flow Restriction) market with the longest track record of safety, research, and success. Its pressure system is versatile and is used for recovery, rehabilitation and training.
KAATSU Global established the BFR market and remains its leader. Its equipment is used globally for recovery, rehabilitation and training applications among people from all walks of life with a wide variety of abilities and disabilities.
The new KAATSU C3 model is easy and convenient to use at home, in the office, and during travel. The KAATSU C3 is a ruggedized, compact, handheld device that improves blood circulation and produces significant hormonal responses to help the body heal and become more resilient.
Used by Olympic, professional, collegiate and disabled athletes as well as aging Baby Boomers, KAATSU C3 is a revolutionary effective and time-efficient modality that can be used anywhere and anytime.
"No other device can do what KAATSU does. It is effective and convenient, transforming my rehabilitation and reducing my recovery time by 50%."
John Doolittle served in the U.S. Special Operations for 25 years after graduating from the Air Force Academy. During his time with Naval Special Warfare, he needed many orthopedic interventions that required 12 surgeries. Towards the end of his service, his physical therapists in the military used the first-generation KAATSU equipment to aid his rehabilitation from shoulder surgery - that resulted in a 50% reduction in rehab time from the same injury 6 years earlier. It was an unexpected, eye-opening result.
John appreciated the benefits of KAATSU for rapid rehabilitation and later used the second-generation KAATSU device to rehab from both a bicep tendon surgery and a total knee replacement surgery. After experiencing unprecedented recovery after 3 surgeries, he decided to join KAATSU Global to bring the industry-leading technology to his fellow tactical athletes in the military and in all federal and government entities.
When he returned from the military, John took a senior role with KAATSU Global, the company that improved his life.
His mission: to deploy KAATSU where it can have the most impact and benefit for those who serve their country.
"I am greatly indebted for this huge blessing that has helped me regain some independence back into my highly affected life due to my combat injury."
Joseph Lowrey retired as a U.S. Army Green Beret Sergeant 1st Class. The Long Beach, California native is a twice-daily KAATSU user after improbably surviving a horrific gunshot wound to his head during a combat tour in Afghanistan. While serving with the 7th Special Forces Group in July 2014 in Afghanistan, Lowrey led his fellow soldiers to enter an area known to be a Taliban stronghold. His injury occurred during Lowrey's third overseas deployment while manning the gun turret on top of a truck during an intense firefight against Taliban insurgents. When a PKM machine gun bullet pierced his Kevlar helmet and he was hit, the medic gave him an emergency tracheotomy on the battlefield. After surgery, his colleagues were told that Lowrey would not survive the night. He ultimately emerged from a coma after a month.
The Purple Heart recipient endured years of excruciatingly painful rehabilitation. Lowrey incorporates KAATSU as part of his unlikely and unexpected recovery. Doing KAATSU twice daily, he has made strides to where he is able to walk with a cane and significant decreases in spasticity and increases in strength.