Vasper Charleston

From elite athletes to baby boomers, orthobiologics continue to provide solid regenerative outcomes for orthopedic patients seeking relief without major surgery or swifter recovery from surgery or injury. We have further enhanced the rehabilitation performance for patients pre-surgery, post-surgery or in lieu of surgery with the addition of Vasper Charleston. Located in our newly renovated physical therapy suite on Daniel Island, Vasper Charleston is the orthopedic rehab suite’s center piece. When combined with orthobiologics patients are improving function faster than ever.

Vasper, developed at the NASA Research Center in San Jose, California, is the first technology to combine peak performance and active recovery in a 21 minute, low impact, interval training session. It uses vascular compression and dynamic cooling to mimic intensive exercise to generate anabolic benefits. Limited impact and minimal muscle damage speeds your recovery while upgrading your training. The compression aspect of Vasper increases muscle growth and repair. The cooling delivers more oxygen to the muscles thus reducing pain and aiding in recovery. The software allows you to customize the work out for any participant – from the elite athlete to the post-surgical knee patient.

Who is a Vasper Charleston candidate?

  • an older person with a knee injury needing to rehabilitate without high impact exercise
  • the elite athlete needing to get more out of a work out in less time
  • the post-surgical every day patient looking to stay fit
  • the pre-surgical patient looking to heal faster (pre-and post-surgical candidates are not limited to orthopedics)

Participants mount a recumbent bike and in 21 minutes have replicated the benefits of a 2-hour workout strengthening both the heart and muscles. A Vasper workout translates to your whole-body chemistry changing for the better – glucose, testosterone, human growth hormone and more. A revolutionary biomimicry of intensive exercise, Vasper opens the door to rapid recovery for many of my pre-and post-surgical patients. Further, it is an excellent low impact therapy for daily and elite athletes. We are excited to house Vasper as the signature piece of equipment that anchors our new physical therapy center on Daniel Island.

Charleston Sports & Orthopaedic Regenerative Medicine services and Vasper Charleston, a signature service of the new specialized physical therapy suite, are located on Daniel Island. Call 843-284-5200 to schedule.

We are now offering Vasper memberships at Charleston Sports Medicine. Choose from the following packages:

  • Introductory Offer- 3 sessions for $125. Must be completed within 2 weeks. This offer is only for new Vasper patients.
  • Single session: $65/session
  • 1 sessions a week: $240/month
  • 2 sessions a week: $440/month
  • 10 sessions at $50 per session, use as desired over the course of 3 months

Membership details: No contract required. Each package will be billed automatically to your preferred credit card on file monthly or quarterly. Cancellations or rescheduling of appointments require 48 hours’ notice.“No show” of appointment or late cancellations are not refundable.

Vasper is based on three scientifically proven principles – compression technology, cooling and interval training. When all principles are working together, the results are extraordinary.

Compression and cooling create the effect of a high intensity (anaerobic) exercise without the time, effort, and muscle damage it takes to achieve the same results with conventional exercise. Instead of feeling tired and sore, Vasper leaves you energized and rejuvenated, alleviating your body aches and pains.

1. Compression accumulates metabolites, such as lactic acid, amplifying the anaerobic exercise signal for muscle growth and repair.

2. Cooling increases efficiency by delivering more oxygen to the muscles and aids in recovery and pain reduction.

3. Customizable software enables interval training to be adjusted to any physical ability level.

4. Low impact NuStep T5XR platform accommodates almost any physical limitation while reducing physical breakdown and fatigue.


Placing compression on the arm and leg muscles while exercising at a low intensity has been scientifically shown to create the physiological effect of high intensity exercise.

Compression cuffs worn on the arms and legs safely compress the muscle to quickly build up lactic acid, mimicking the physiology of an intense workout that would typically take extensive time and effort.

Compression builds metabolite concentration quickly and activates fast twitch muscle fibers. This triggers a systemic recovery response, including the natural release of anabolic hormones such as testosterone.



When your body temperature increases, blood vessels near the surface of the skin dilate, increasing blood flow to the skin, leaving less blood and oxygen for the muscles. When there is not enough blood to remove lactic acid from the muscles, the body hits a wall and fatigues.

Remaining cool during exercise allows blood oxygen levels to remain high throughout the body which makes exercising much more efficient and pleasant. Sweating is also dramatically reduced or completely eliminated. Cooling the body during the workout mitigates further physical stress and reduces existing pain and inflammation.


Each Vasper protocol is a 21-minute interval training protocol, delivered on a tablet fully integrated with the recumbent bicycle. Interval training involves a warmup period followed by a succession of sprint and rest intervals, scientifically proven to increase the efficiency of an exercise session.

Each section of the interval training protocol is fully customizable, allowing for adjustments in duration, intensity, resistance, and speed. The pressure and cooling can also be modified for ability, comfort level, and performance. Heart rate monitors and a graph of power output is displayed on screen to track performance. Session metrics are also displayed at the end of the workout and can be emailed directly from the tablet.


The reason Vasper uses a NuStep T5XR is to avoid stressing the body and breaking down muscle tissue. The goal with Vasper is to minimally stress the muscles while still triggering a systemic recovery response that can heal damaged or unconditioned areas of the body.