Activcore is the nation's leading provider of suspension based physical therapy. Every location is fully equipped with Redcord, a suspension system consisting of ropes, slings and bungee cords. Similar to floating in water, Redcord creates a "zero gravity" setting where people of all ages and abilities can safely do suspension exercises with proper form and without pain. Yes, it's totally painless (and fun)!
Suspension exercises challenge the mind and muscles (i.e., the neuromuscular system). Each precise movement requires total body awareness, strength and stability across entire chains of muscles (i.e., myofascial chains). When performed with bungee assistance, these exercises become a gentle yet powerful way to restore neuromuscular control and pain-free motion for optimal movement health and pelvic health.
Redcord is the gold standard in suspension exercise. It gets faster results than conventional PT and strength training. The difference is felt at a neuromuscular level. When your mind, pelvis and body are all fully connected, the effects are unrivaled.
Developed by Norwegian physiotherapists in the 1990's, Redcord is now utilized by elite physical therapists around the world as the ultimate neuromuscular training system. It has been extensively peer reviewed with 100+ research studies in industry approved publications, such as the Journal of Physical Therapy Science, Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Human Kinetics, and Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.
Here's how the science behind it works...
Studies have shown that many physical events (injury, illness, surgery, pregnancy, etc.) can alter your brain’s capacity to switch on the right muscles, at the right time, and with the right amount of strength. Known as neuromuscular deactivation, this process is characterized by a loss of signals to the smaller (local) muscles that help stabilize the joints of the spine and extremities. Basically, your local stabilizers begin to shut down.
Some examples of local stabilizers include:
- Deep neck flexors
- Deep shoulder muscles / rotator cuff
- Deep rotators of the hip
- Pelvic floor muscles
- Transverse abdominis
- Internal obliques
To compensate for this loss of neuromuscular function, the brain naturally sends more signals to the larger (global) muscles which are closer to the surface of your body. Under normal circumstances, these larger muscles are responsible for global movements, such as walking, running, squatting, pushing and pulling. They turn on to do a task; and then turn off to relax and recover. But now, due to the underlying deactivation, the global movers must stay on to also do the constant work of the local stabilizers.
They simply aren't built for that. So it's only a matter of time for these larger muscles to get overworked. Any additional stress could start a vicious cycle of pain...
As the cycle goes around, the pain will eventually interfere with your everyday life. This is typically when most people will seek out help from a professional, such as a physician, chiropractor, physical therapist, acupuncturist or massage therapist. However, if the underlying muscle imbalance (i.e., the root cause) is not fully addressed, you will only get temporarily relief. The pain will most likely come back and become chronic over time.
Neuromuscular deactivation impairs not just how you move, but also how you recover from trauma. It can make you susceptible to recurring injuries. It can even disrupt how you regulate normal bodily processes, like voiding urine (i.e., pelvic floor dysfunction), digesting food and breathing.
Stretching, massaging and strengthening the painful spot won't fix it. You have to reset the brain's communication with the dormant stabilizing muscles located at the source of the problem. These "weak links" are often far away from the painful area. For example, most shoulder issues stem from underlying muscle deactivation at the hips and pelvis. That's why we work on the whole chain, regardless of where you actually feel pain.
NEURAC (NEURomuscular ACtivation) is a treatment method that aims to reverse the pain cycle and normalize the muscle interaction through corrective exercises performed on the Redcord workstation. When combined with elevated levels of neuromuscular stimulation, this targeted approach helps you regain muscle control from the inside out.
NEURAC is like turning up a light switch to the local stabilizers that went dim from chronic pain and trauma. By applying bungee assistance, the larger (global) muscles can relax and let go, so that the smaller (local) stabilizing muscles can turn back on.
The Redcord suspension system gives your body the support it needs to engage the right muscles, at the right time, and with the right amount of strength. Based on your response to each exercise, we can adjust how much neuromuscular stimulation to apply. Shaking the ropes heightens the activity. Lightly vibrating the ropes produces a calming effect. Finding a perfect balance of control versus instability is essential for best results. You should feel the muscles gently working, but without any symptom aggravation.
Redcord is an ideal tool and technique for delivering neuromuscular activation. While it's common to start feeling immediate changes after just a few exercises, it's important to understand that retraining the neuromuscular system takes frequent repetition. After all, we are quite literally remapping the brain’s connection with the muscles.
Every movement should be precise, purposeful, and tailored to your specific needs. Some of the exercises prescribed could include, but not be limited to: bridges, planks, lunges, squats, push ups, and pull ups. Your provider may also use the Redcord to assist with the application of manual therapy techniques, such as joint mobilizations, massage, stretching and myofascial release.
Redcord helps people to a life in motion. As your pain diminishes and function returns, you can continue using the system for performance training and injury prevention. Progressing the routine with less bungee assistance, more rotational exercises, and multi-suspension training can help you build a solid foundation necessary for sports and everything else you do to be active for life.