Re-Conceptualizing Rehab with NeuFit
Driven by the belief in the power of the human being, XIIAM. (and the NeuFit service) exists to help willing individuals activate the potential that is present inside of them. This neurologically-based system is designed to help you achieve greater levels of neurological activation and control in order to heal faster, get fitter, and perform better. Check out the primer below on how neurological fitness can help with injury rehab.
BENEFITS AND APPLICATIONS OF NEUFIT
Most athletic injuries happen because of poor neuromuscular control, meaning deficits in strength and coordination. The body encounters force in every moment, with every move it makes. And it is the job of the muscles to absorb that force and protect the rest of the body. If your muscles are working correctly, they can protect you from injury in most cases. We know that when muscles don't absorb force correctly that force is transferred to tendons, ligaments, cartilage, etc. and may cause damage to those tissues. Since those muscles are controlled by your nervous system, we know that ultimately these injuries come back to inappropriate neurological activation patterns. Using the NEUBIE, we can find exactly where these dysfunctional neurological patterns exist. And when we work at that level, we find that we improve function and accelerate the body’s natural healing, which usually allows the symptom to resolve itself much more quickly than with traditional therapy.
There's a major gap in physical therapy at the moment-most industry professionals don't correctly bridge the gap between rehab and return to play. Athletes and individuals are getting structural clearance for injuries and are being tested for things like mobility and range of motion as proof of a job well done.
The truth is that not enough attention is paid to the nervous system. If your musculoskeletal system is the hardware and your nervous system is the software, then we know your software tells your hardware what to do. Why then is half of this equation ignored in most rehab (and training) systems? In rare instances, you'll see attention paid to rate of force development (R.F.D.) in testing prior to return to play. This is a good way to measure neuromuscular activation and the strength of the nervous system/musculoskeletal system dialogue but is only part of the puzzle in what should be a proper consideration of the nervous system's role in rehab (and strength & conditioning at large).
Another major issue in rehab is reductionist thinking, by which the rehab process is too isolated and segregated from the athlete's traditional training. To quote the Chief Neurological Officer behind the development of the NEUBIE (and one of my personal mentors), Garrett Salpeter, "you're never doing just rehab or just training. You're doing both." You can shift your scope to overlap certain areas more, depending on the injury, athlete, sport, etc. but you don't abandon one in favor of the other-you adapt. "We don't abandon-we adapt." -Aaron Davis, Train Adapt Evolve.
At XIIAM., I use the NEUBIE in conjunction with my strength & conditioning protocols for proper assessment of the full picture-including the nervous system-and ensure both the musculoskeletal systems and nervous systems are primed and ready in both the optimized and the injured.
Are you dealing with an injury and have questions about your options? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org