A new method called Neurac has been developed by Norwegian physiotherapists. Neurac is a treatment method involving high levels of neuromuscular stimulation in order to re-establish normal functional movement patterns. The method is used to treat long-term musculoskeletal disorders which have caused pain and/or inactivity. The largest subgroups include patients with neck, back, pelvic, and shoulder disorders. Here is a recent article on Neurac.
It is well documented that long-term musculoskeletal disorders represent the health related problem which “troubles most and costs the most” both in Norway, Australia and internationally.
Innovative and improved treatment options are therefore needed. Neurac is believed to be a step in the right direction. The method provides high-levels of neuromuscular stimulation with the use of suspension, slings and applied vibration. Clinical experience suggests that this form of neuromuscular stimulation helps to regaining normal function through normalizing movement patterns in patients with musculoskeletal pain. Here is a recent Redcord Newsletter.
The method has four main elements:
- Body-weight-bearing exercises in the Redcord workstation using the suspension and sling system,
- Controlled vibration of selected areas/body parts,
- Gradual increased resistance (workload),
- No pain or no increase of existing pain.
As a part of the treatment with the Neurac method, the patients get individualized exercise programs, which they can eventually perform independently. The purpose is to further develop and maintain improvements over time. The method includes a diagnostic element that tests for weak muscles/muscle groups or impaired coordination between deep stabilizing muscles and superficial prime movers (Weak Links). Clinical experience with the Neurac method tells us that improvements can occur fast, often during the first treatment. Recent literature provides support for the principles of the method, both for treating and training patients as well as top level athletes. However, there is a need for Neurac specific scientific investigation that reaches beyond clinical experience, so that the Neurac method can play a role in the evidence based treatment of patients suffering from long-term musculoskeletal disorders.
practitioners interested in Redcord’s impact on exercise and sport performance should read this article.