Interactive Neuromuscular Stimulation With the NXPro
Over the years, we have worked with several functional neuromuscular stimulation devices, and the NXPRO from NeuX is by far the best one that we have experienced yet!
While most people would see this device and immediately think of a TENS Unit, they are quite different in nature.
The NXPRO uses a very unique type of current that NeuX has coined as "Interactive Neuromuscular Stimulation".
Also known as (INS).
INS is a unique combination of two waveforms. A high frequency alternating current (AC) waveform and a lower frequency pulsed direct current (DC) waveform. The outcome is a considerably smoother, more refined stimulus that is more effective than devices that use only pulsed direct or alternating current. Other devices can have a choppy, biting stimulus which users will not experience with the NXPRO. INS can correct the vicious cycle of neuromuscular deficiencies by first providing the ability to search the body and identify not only the area of identifiable dysfunction, but also undetectable and distant areas of dysfunctional tissue.
We like to explain this in simple terms by saying that pain is at the end of your problem. Where you feel your pain is not necessarily where your problem occurred. We search for the neurological source of your pain and eliminate it.
The pain that is presenting is known as referred pain, and if treated alone without the identification and treatment of the root cause, the relief will only be short-term at best. It is imperative that we locate root cause in order to achieve successful rehabilitation throughout the entire kinetic chain. The INS technology innervates muscle tissue in the area of dysfunction and under dynamic action (corrective exercise through functional movement patterns) with the INS stimulus, the individual muscle at the root cause of the pain can be identified and corrected.
The INS technology has the ability to overcome the inhibition of the identified dysfunctional muscle, enabling the muscle cell membrane potential to return to normal, thus allowing the inhibited muscle (spasm) to finally release and once again contract effectively and efficiently.
Meanwhile, the sensory nerve no longer detects pain signals, thereby allowing the muscle to function properly. The smooth muscle cells of the capillaries also respond to the treatment and will lengthen and relax. This allows for vasodilation, restoration of blood flow to the injured area, and enhances rehabilitation and healing.
To completely break the vicious neuromuscular deficiency cycle, not only does the dysfunctional tissue need to be released from spasm, but a new sensory-motor pattern must be practiced and repeated over time to replace the faulty compensatory pattern, and restore the proper movement pattern as the default. This is a process that we refer to as Neuromuscular Re-education.
The protocol is for the INS stimulus to be applied to the targeted dysfunctional muscles and associated nerves during the rehabilitative exercises to re-train and restore optimal muscle range of contraction. The patient benefits from the traditional outcomes of physical therapy, which include muscle strengthening, increased range of motion and motor learning; however, with Interactive Neuromuscular Stimulation, better results are achieved exponentially faster and with longer lasting effects.
Using Interactive Neuromuscular Stimulation (INS) during athletic/fitness training instantly increases the amount of nervous system neurotransmitters being used to perform. This translates to the user performing at their true maximum capability. The INS technology activates 100% of the user’s nervous system and places it under the maximum tolerable stress from the first repetition.
INS creates a balance on both ends of the contraction, from the lengthening of a muscle back to neutral and/or shortening. By enabling the muscle to maximally lengthen, the subsequent concentric contraction is more forceful. INS has a performance enhancing effect on eccentric contractions; this in turn enhances subsequent contractions of any type.
The INS technology physically opens nervous system pathways, increases muscle strength and endurance, which elevates the user’s capabilities to their true maximum potential achieving their ultimate goals quicker with less wear and tear on the body, while performing at a consistently optimal level. The NXPro, which incorporates the INS technology, can also be used to enhance dynamic active warmups to prevent injuries and accelerate the recovery process avoiding training fatigue and muscle soreness. With the mobility of the NXPro (weighs less than 4lbs), it can easily be integrated into the current training regimen wherever it takes place.