NEURAC is an abbreviation of Neuromuscular Activation. It is a form of therapeutic exercise that was designed and developed in Norway in the early 90s by former gymnasts and physical therapists. The purpose of NEURAC treatment is to rehabilitate and provide solutions for abnormalities in muscle function and movement by stimulating the neuromuscular system to work in a specific way. NEURAC also utilizes biomechanics to provide the most effective relief for injury.
As NEURAC is a form of therapy that focuses on activating certain muscles to act properly, the treatment relies on the use of equipment developed by a company called REDCORD – a name of a red rope that attaches to the body and activates specific muscle groups.
NEURAC (REDCORD) therapy has been specially designed to use the patient’s own body weight to provide a resistance, in order to strengthen the muscles and stimulate some muscle groups that might not be used at all, or are used infrequently and not reached their full potential.
NEURAC (REDCORD) therapy can restore these muscle groups to full strength and may even strengthen them to higher levels than before. Therefore, recipients of this form of therapy must be able to train and exert power independently to ensure they can receive the full benefits of this treatment.
Currently, NEURAC (REDCORD) is gaining in popularity and more people become interested in this form of therapy due to its philosophy and the fact that it had been developed according to the updated medical research. This form of therapy has now spread to over 25 countries around the world, and these countries have gone on to form an international NEURAC (REDCORD) cooperative.
Research has found that pain, muscle disuse and repetitive poor muscle movement (that contradicts the principles of biomechanics), all of these factors lead to an inhibition of the neurological signals that responsible for controlling muscles. This can affect the relationship between various muscle groups, thereby causing defects in terms of power and joint stability, which may both decrease over time. This, in turn, leads to long-term abnormal movement patterns and eventually a deterioration of the body’s movement capabilities because of they create a stress in the muscles, causing a chronic pain cycle for which it is difficult to find a curative solution.
NEURAC (REDCORD) therapy has therefore been developed with a particular emphasis on neuromuscular re-learning and re-activation control that enables the affected muscles to make a full recovery. This therapy relies on the main principles of biomechanics to build muscle strength in order to prepare muscles to function at their full potential. Moreover, the treatment empowers the body to restore functional movement patterns that can prevent injury and stop the pain cycle.
The main objectives of NEURAC (REDCORD) therapy are to help the body utilize the correct muscle groups, at the right time and in suitable amounts, while increasing muscle strength and endurance.
NEURAC (REDCORD) therapy is suitable for people who suffer from chronic joint and muscle conditions, including:
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