How active should you be?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity every week.
How is our method of rehabilitation and performance enhancement different than traditional physical therapy or chiropractic care?
In order to alleviate chronic pain and restore function, we remap nerve pathways within the body. We do this using proprietary equipment that uses highly engineered direct current stimulation along with our treatment protocols.
Acute Injury and degeneration (chronic repetitive injury) disturb the balanced communication between the brain and the body. The neural pathways become dysfunctional. This leads to defective movement patterns, which exacerbate the chronic pain.
We use neuro-bio-electric stimulators placed strategically on dysfunctional muscles. Direct current stimulation mimics the electrical impulses sent by the brain - through the central and peripheral nervous system - to the muscle.
By varying the character of stimulation, we can achieve muscle lengthening (at higher frequencies), and muscle contraction (at lower frequencies). This allows for better recovery for injury and from chronic pain.
Here is a comparison of the capabilities of our direct current stimulation and the alternative current, TENS unit style stimulation.
The device we use has been called NEUBIE (Neuro-Bio-Electric Stimulator) and also Morpho. Regardless of name, the device is unique among electrical stimulation devices for several reasons, the most important of which is the neurophysiological effect of the electrical waveform it uses. Targeting the nervous system allows us to accomplish effects beyond muscle stimulation and rehabilitation, such as movement correction, metabolism and hormone regulation, digestion and elimination, pain and emotions, heart rate and blood pressure.
So how does it work?
The alternating current (AC) devices like TENS and the like reinforce compensatory and dysfunctional movement patterns that impede the body’s healing process.
By using direct current (DC), our device allows the user to move through the signal of the machine. This promotes eccentric contractions that absorb force, improve performance, protect the joints and reduce injury and fatigue.
In contradistinction to AC devices, the DC machine promotes higher parasympathetic nervous system tone (less stress) and this leads to higher heart rate variability, which signals better recovery.
The DC device sends a sensory signal to the central nervous system (brain and spine). The CNS can respond by either relaxing into that signal or fighting against it. This allows for neurological reprogramming.
The first part of our approach is diagnostic.
By stimulating the muscles while scanning with one of the electrodes, we gather information on the two governors of movement, excessive tension and deficient activation.
The diagnostic process allows us to identify both weakness and excessive tension.
This information is used to re-pattern the problem areas, by movement protocols with or without concomitant stimulation.
As a result, the nervous system changes and we see improvements in function (greater range of motion and strength output), less pain, and enhanced quality of movement.
This device has been used successfully for iron muscle, tendon injuries, and chronic pain.
We believe rehabilitation and performance optimization with this device will be an integral part of our Regenerative Medicine protocols. As we administer our regenerative cells into degenerated and injured tissues, the application of these exercise protocols will speed up the recovery and enhance the success of our procedures.
Please talk to any of us if you have questions or need more information!
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