Suspension Training Meets Physical Therapy for Rehab, Fitness and Performance
Your body is a masterpiece of form and function, designed to move in fluid and coordinated patterns governed by your nervous system. But oftentimes, overuse, underuse or abuse of your muscular system can result in pain, injury, uncoordinated movement and poor performance. Thankfully, through proper training and rehabilitation, your miraculous body is able to heal and recoup its natural functional capacity.
Pain, injury and physical inactivity can disrupt your neuromuscular system, interfering with your brain’s capacity to activate the right muscles at the right time, and with the right amount of tension. When the brain falters at motor control, it becomes difficult for your muscles to stabilize your joints as they move through their range of motion. When that happens, you recruit other muscles to compensate, creating inefficient movement patterns that often contribute to pain and restricted movement.
Because muscles work in groups to produce movement, the inhibition of one link in a movement chain can affect all other muscles associated with it. Over time, pain, inhibited movement patterns and instability become a viscous, self-sustaining cycle, often affecting muscles and joints that are far away from the site of the inhibited muscle.
Neurac, derived from the term “Neuromuscular Activation,” is an active treatment approach to pain and injury. Neurac treatment combines bungee-assisted suspension exercises with neuromuscular stimulation to increase strength and stability, and restore pain-free movement. Neurac challenges the interplay between muscles to correct deficiencies and restore functional performance.
Neurac therapy is preceded by thorough testing to identify functional deficiencies. With a comprehensive head-to-toe movement analysis, we observe how your body moves as a whole, identifying abnormal movement patterns and muscle deficits that may be the root cause of your pain. A standardized Neurac grading scale quantifies your scores, providing us with a baseline that helps us design a treatment strategy tailored to your needs.
The Neurac testing protocol systematically examines the body to identify weakness in its muscle chains. When weak links are identified, treatment can then focus on correction, strengthening the weakened muscles and relieving strain on overloaded compensatory muscles.
Suspension training is not new, its roots reaching as far back as the 1800s, when it was broadly used by circus performers who trained their muscles by holding their bodies suspended from ropes and webbing. Recently, the value of suspension training is being rediscovered as an invaluable tool to rehabilitate and retrain the human body to perform at its peak. Since the 1990s, suspension training has gained traction as a viable training platform for fitness and athletics.
While some suspension systems use inelastic straps to promote strength and stability, the exercises are often inappropriate or too challenging for weak or injured individuals. Redcord therapy utilizes elastic bungee-like cords to treat, heal and rehabilitate patients who are injured and suffering from pain, while at the same time providing an amazing platform for healthy individuals to obtain peak fitness and athletic performance.
Due to the stressful yet sedentary nature of modern living, most adults have mechanical deficiencies that lead to poor functional performance. Poor posture, imbalances in bilateral strength, and lack of flexibility are often the norm rather than the exception. Over time, these functional shortcomings can lead to balance issues, back pain, pain and weakness in joints and muscles, and a declining quality of life. Many resort to pain medication and surgery, with little improvement in functional performance. Redcord Neurac therapy gets to the source of your pain and corrects the underlying neuromuscular channels to restore functional movement.
Patients who benefit from Redcord therapy include, but are not limited to:
Redcord Neurac therapy is rapidly being embraced by sports teams and individual athletes and dancers who want to perform at their peak, injury- and pain-free. Fitness enthusiasts who appreciate the benefits of yoga, Pilates and suspension training will no doubt find the Redcord training apparatus to be a welcome addition to their training regimens.
Redcord therapy is pain-free, focusing on functional movement and core stability. Treatment sessions are one-on-one, and therapy is personalized for each patient, based on their needs and assessment results. Functional improvement and pain relief are often immediate following a Neurac treatment session.
After careful and thorough assessment, your Neurac therapist will introduce you to the Redcord suspension apparatus. Training will take place on a therapy table or on the floor, depending on the exercise. Using a system of slings and bungees positioned under your head, trunk, and/or extremities, the Record suspension system “unweights” you, allowing for quality movement patterns without compensation or pain.
With repeated sessions, as you grow stronger, the therapist will decrease assisted support and increase neuromuscular challenge, causing the deficient muscles to gradually resume their role in the neuromuscular movement chain. Your treatment will be complete when you can successfully perform prescribed exercises without bungie support.
Once released, your therapist will prescribe exercises to do at home, utilizing the Redcord home apparatus. Follow-up assessment will ensure that you have maintained the results of your treatment, or will identify the need for additional sessions.
When it comes to functional performance, the sports medicine experts at NYDNRehab are always among the first to embrace new therapies that promise superior results. We pride ourselves on accurate assessment and diagnosis, and quick and effective treatment, so you can get back on the playing field, back to your event, or back to your busy life with minimal downtime. Schedule your Redcord Neurac assessment today, and begin your journey to pain-free and functional moviment.