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How Suspension Trainers Can Help with Neuromuscular Disorders

April 26, 2017

Living with a neuromuscular disorder can be frustrating as the nerves within the body are not able to control nerves and areas of the body as they should. Multiple sclerosis and spinal muscular atrophy are a few of many neuromuscular disorders. From learning what neuromuscular disorders are to signs and symptoms, learn how suspension training can help manage the day to day tasks.

What is Neuromuscular Disease?

Those who have neuromuscular disease have issues with their nervous system. This is the part of the nervous system throughout the body and not just the brain or spinal cord. People who have neuromuscular disease can suffer from a plethora of disorders. Some of them can include Parkinson’s Disease, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). A larger list can be found on Beaumont’s Neuromuscular Disorders article. When one suffers from a neuromuscular disease, it means that the muscle tissue has become weak or could be fading away. They can occur due to a variety of reasons, one of the main ones being genetics.

Signs and Diagnosis

While there are over 100 different types of neuromuscular disorders, there are a variety of similar symptoms. One of the most common issues includes a weakness of muscles. When this occurs, muscles can twitch or cramp. For others, it can be hard to move due to the deterioration of the muscle. This can lead to difficulty moving or balancing. Other disorders can make it difficult to swallow as well. In addition, some who suffer from a neuromuscular disorder may have numbness or tingling in certain areas of the body. Others have eye issues that can be anywhere from a drooping eye or double vision. For diagnosing, neuromuscular disorders can be discovered in a variety of ways. Doctors can run blood tests to review, as well as look at one’s cerebrospinal fluid. A doctor may also use needle electromyography to see if there are any issues with the muscles.

How Suspension Training Can Help

Suspension training helps those who use it for exercise to strengthen the muscles. Keeping active is one of the key ways those suffering from neuromuscular disorders can keep a range of movement. When using suspension training, you can move at your own pace and comfort level. Working with a physical therapist is crucial when working through suspension training. This will allow you to be able to exercise without overdoing it since some people can make a condition worse. Those who choose this form of exercise to complement their treatment can use a mix of suspended cords and slings.

When it comes to your neuromuscular disorder, ActivCore’s NEURAC training can help. Our goal is to help reverse your pain or help you strengthen muscles. When using our treatment, we will focus on your overall movement through a series of exercises. The goal will be to increase your amount of strength and control of your muscles. Learn more about NEURAC neuromuscular physical therapy pain treatment to see how it could be helpful to you. By choosing ActivCore, you will love the one-on-one attention you will get. Contact ActivCore of Cherry Creek in Denver today to get started.

Three Benefits of Redcord Suspension Training Over TRX

April 19, 2017

Redcord suspension training is the most innovative form of attacking a specific target area for physical therapy or training purposes. More commonly referred to as NEURAC, neuromuscular activation, the suspension slings and system capabilities allow trainers to encourage movement without pain while helping to build a stronger core.

Personal training, physical therapy and rehabilitation from a sports injury are all functions of the Redcord system. Another closely related suspension-style form of exercise is known as Total Body Resistance Exercise or TRX, but it doesn’t portray the same functionality as the Redcord unit.

Developed out of necessity, TRX was a Navy Seal invention to keep colleagues in top shape regardless of where they found themselves. The Redcord system was developed through scientific research and patented equipment ensuring its’ application to be effective, useful for everyone and safe.

Following are three key differences between the TRX style of training and Redcord that display the latter as a step above.

Suspension Points

Both Redcord and TRX are developed using the subject's own body weight in order to construct the resistance surrounding a particular exercise or move. However, TRX relies on a single-point suspension where Redcord’s multi-point system offers more flexibility.

The multi-point system allows for use from all patrons and directly correlates the body’s relationship with gravity ensuring optimum resistance. Further, specific points of the subject can be supported providing a target rich environment for specificity of muscle training.

Exercising at the angle created by the TRX system limits the functionality of both the subject and exercises capable of being performed. For techniques requiring use of an individual's body weight as resistance, being dependent on the ground for support restricts the results of the related moves.

Full Gravity Effect

Not only does the Redcord system provide full offsetting of the weight providing optimum benefits, the systems’ capabilities allow for pain free exercise. By supporting the non-targeted or unused areas with bungees a more specific focus can be placed on the desired results.

Complete removal of the body weight is not attainable with the TRX unit that targets exercise on the physical level only. NEURAC occurs only when the muscles specifically targeted can be engaged via the supporting bungees offered in the Redcord system.

While enabling core muscles to be used in a safe and appropriate way the TRX system requires those stabilizers to engage immediately and be pre-existing prior to performing a movement.

A Fit for “Every Body”

Finally, the most significant difference when comparing Redcord vs TRX suspension exercises is the development of the system with all individuals in mind. Due to the inherent level of fitness already required prior to performing TRX movements, Redcord is the only suspension training offered to any age group, body type or level of strength to both effectively and safely complete the necessary exercises.

ActivCore can assist you by offering Redcord suspension systems for therapy and training services inside every office. With two locations to better serve you, ActivCore is located within the Cherry Creek Wellness Center and Cherry Creek Athletic Club in Denver. Come in today or call 303-395-2931 to schedule an appointment.

​Using Physical Therapy in Denver to Recover from a Sports Injury

April 12, 2017

Whether you are an athletic person or not, sports injuries can happen to anyone. From one wrong twist or colliding into someone, you can sustain an injury no matter how careful you are. The important thing is to properly care for your injury so you have a speedy recovery. Learn about some of the common types of sports injuries, what you should do in the event of an emergency and how physical therapy can get you back to your favorite activities.

Types of Sports Injuries

One of the most common types of sport-related injuries are sprains and strains. These can occur when a ligament, which is the tissue that connects bones at a joint, are stretched in a direction outside of their normal range. This commonly happens during a fall, quick twist or turn, taking a hit or any other motion that would lead to the ligaments being stretched beyond their normal boundaries. Strains are like sprains as they are injuries due to overuse or an extended use. This happens when muscles are torn or get small tears. For an insider's perspective on a variety of sports injuries, read Web MD’s Sports Injuries A-Z.

Steps to Take if Injured

You will be aware quickly if you sustain a sports-related injury. You will see and feel a variety of symptoms from bruising and swelling to pain and an inability to move the area. Contacting your doctor should be your top priority. As you wait for your appointment, take it as easy as you can. The less you can do will help symptoms not worsen. It is also important to ice the area throughout the day. You can do increments of time. Next, elevate the injury. This will lower the amount of blood in the area and can help reduce pain and swelling. Also, using an ace bandage or other type of bandage that tightens the area can also help the healing process. While waiting for the doctor, you can take an anti-inflammatory to help reduce your pain and swelling.  

How Physical Therapy Can Help

During the healing process, physical therapy can help you recover from a sports related injury. Physical therapists are trained to help you get back to your normal activity as soon as you can. Through various types of stretching, exercises and more, they can help strengthen the areas that you have injured. For many, physical therapy can help you recover and eliminate the need for a surgery. In addition to helping you recover, you can learn so much from your physical therapist. They can teach you proper form and techniques to help you reduce the risk of future injuries.

During your recovery phase, learn more about how to get back into shape after a lengthy recovery with Denver physical therapy. For all your sports rehabilitation needs, you can trust in the experts at ActivCore. Our team of physical therapists will give you the one-on-one attention you need to help you get back to your favorite activities. Not only can we help you recover, but often can help people perform better in the future! Contact ActivCore of Cherry Creek in Denver to get started today.

Why Physical Therapy Suspension Training is Beneficial for Cyclists

April 5, 2017

Cyclists, like most every individual participating in any type of fitness or sport, will inevitably encounter injuries or soreness at some point during their training. Riding a bike for long periods of time whether for health or recreation often puts the body under some type of duress. The most common injury occurrences include neck pain, lower back pain, patellar tendonitis, achilles tendonitis, or a broken bone due to an accident.

Fortunately, there are answers for the injuries or pain received from riding. Physical therapy and in particular, suspension training, can help to alleviate pain and get individuals back on their bikes in no time. By utilizing a planned regimen for the path to recovery individuals will benefit from the physical therapy techniques and their bodies will appreciate the suspension training techniques. Utilizing these methods will help to ensure a full and timely recovery.

Minimal Impact

Physical therapists use suspension training for a variety of reasons including the low impact it has on the body. While suspended, only the body parts in need of maneuvering can be focused upon allowing the subject to target their specific areas of need. The suspension techniques allow the physical therapist to utilize their expertise while ensuring that the patient is receiving the utmost benefit from their services. Whether recuperating from lower back pain or rehabbing a broken collar bone the benefits of using a low impact system are monumental.

Indoor Exercise and Great Availability

The suspension system provides a technique that can be used rain or shine, regardless of the weather, and that is readily available when needed. Often, individuals recovering from surgery or injury are required to take part in a rehab program that requires movements and exercises executed while submerged in water. The weightless effect achieved by the water can be simulated almost identically through suspension training without having to be outside or bothered by getting wet or needing to find access to a body of water. Not having to rely on the weather to schedule your rehab is obviously beneficial.

Improve Core Strength

Cyclists, like most athletes, benefit from a strong core helping to reduce pain originating in the neck and back and preventing repeat occurrences. Suspension training allows individuals to focus on their need while also benefiting from the additional core strength. Providing an opportunity to increase core strength while rehabbing only helps to decrease the future impact of a similar type of injury.

Balance and Coordination

Both are key components for cyclists allowing riders to minimize their risk for an accident while maintaining long runs. Each can also be improved through suspension training. Body suspension targets more specific muscle groups while eliminating the need to overcompensate for any particular movement or exercise required during physical therapy.

ActivCore can get you back on the bike in no time, providing both physical therapy and suspension therapy services in all of our offices. With two locations to better serve you, ActivCore is located within the Cherry Creek Wellness Center and Cherry Creek Athletic Club in Denver. Come in today or call 303-395-2931 to schedule an appointment for assistance.

Best Ways to Recover After A Workout

March 29, 2017

When working out, it is important to go through recovery after your workout is over. Recovery is one of the most important things including cooling down and stretching. Whether it is cardio day or weight training day, be sure you are recovering properly after your workouts. Follow these tips for the best way to recover after a workout through cooling down, proper nutrition and paying attention to sore muscles.

Proper Cool Down

Warming up before exercising helps to prepare your body for a workout. It stretches your muscles and helps your heart start pumping. Many people know the importance of warming up but forget about the cool down. When your workout is complete, it is important to cool down properly too. While it might be tempting to stop your workout when you are complete, a cool down only takes as little as five minutes. To cool down, you can stretch your arms, legs and other areas you focused on during your workout to help curb cramps and soreness. You can also walk for a few minutes to allow your heart rate lowers back to a normal level.


Getting the proper nutrition after a workout can help to maximize your results and refuel your body after hard work. Proper nutrition post-workout can also help increase energy as you are trying to recover, too. Basically, once you are finished working out, the body works to rebuild glycogen. Glycogen is the part of the body that stores carbs. One of the first things you can do to recover is to increase protein intake. Many people like to drink a protein shake post-workout. You can also eat healthy carbs to help your insulin, like bananas or brown rice. It is also ideal to eat a meal within a couple hours of a workout too to help recover. For intake, you can eat anywhere from 20 to 40 grams of protein—but your overall nutrition intake will depend on your workout. Find out more about post-workout nutrition: what to eat after a workout.

Handling Sore Muscles

For some athletes, being overly ambitious during a workout, forgetting to warm-up or improperly doing an exercise, muscle soreness and tightness will be sure to follow. When this happens, the muscles have become inflamed. Ideally in this situation, it is best to give your body a break from that activity so you can heal. An anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen can help, or a natural anti-inflammatory. Heat tends to make the situation worse, so you can consider icing the area to help reduce the inflammation. Your post-workout nutrition routine can also help speed up muscle soreness recovery. When you pick your normal routine up again, be sure to not overdo it. Sometimes muscle soreness can turn into muscle strain and injury.

As you look to mixing up your strength training routine, consider trying suspension Redcord training. Available through ActivCore Continuum Health Clinics, you can get one-on-one attention with a personal trainer to achieve your goals. It is a great way to complement your cardio workout, which you can learn more about in Your Denver Physical Therapy Experts Present Even More Benefits of Cardio. Curious about suspension training? Contact ActiveCore of Cherry Creek in Denver to see how we can help you recover from an sports related injury or muscle strain.