MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS & NEUROLOGICAL POPULATIONS
Why the device and methods Uniquely Useful for Neuro Patients
Can this help with MS?
Although the Neubie device is not indicated to treat M.S., the NeuFit System has been able to help some people with M.S. manage their symptoms and improve quality of life. The NEUBIE device is able to reduce spasms, increase range of motion, improve circulation, prevent atrophy, and provide neuromuscular re-education. With the NeuFit protocols, this combination has enabled some people with M.S. to improve function, become more mobile, and return to activities that had become challenging or impossible.
Can this help with recovery from stroke/ spinal cord injury/ traumatic brain injury?
It depends on the situation. Harnessing the NEUBIE’s capacity for neuromuscular re-education, the NeuFit System has helped some people recover from these challenges in order to restore function. In some cases that recovery has meant slight increases in balance, movement, or the ability to complete activities of daily living. In a few cases it has been as dramatic as helping people get out of wheelchairs and walk again. There are many factors that affect a person’s recovery potential, so unfortunately NeuFit will not be helpful in all cases. If you or someone you know is dealing with one of these challenges, we encourage you to reach out to us or your local NeuFit Practitioner directly to discuss your situation.
Is the Neubie safe for me?
The NEUBIE is FDA-cleared and considered safe as long as it is used within the appropriate guidelines. For example, it is contraindicated for people who have a pacemaker or are pregnant. There are other situations in which practitioners should exercise caution. If you have any questions about your particular situation, please consult your medical professional.
Can Neufit help with my injury?
Well, it depends. Fortunately, the NeuFit System is able to help most of the people who use it. Coupled with the NEUBIE device’s ability to re-educate muscles, increase blood flow, improve range of motion, prevent atrophy, decrease spasms, and relieve or manage pain, the NeuFit system has helped many people recover from sports injuries and various traumas and surgeries. Of course there are times when therapy and rehab strategies aren’t enough, and more serious interventions are necessary. If something is completely torn, for example, surgery may be the best solution. The good news is that NeuFit is non-invasive and very safe. Because of the low risks, it is often worth trying as a conservative strategy before considering more serious and invasive interventions like surgery and injections.
Because the Neubie is a pulsed Direct Current (DC) stimulation device, it is especially useful when working with Neuro patients. Stimulation with the Neubie jump starts the nervous system to improve function independent of current (in other words, improvements do not just occur when the stimulation is on the body, but the effects create lasting changes as well). Direct Current is more useful when trying to make functional progress for a few reasons:
1. DC allows us to more powerfully, precisely, and directly target the nervous system
2. DC creates an electric field that orients cells to regenerate tissue
3. DC allows for unidirectional sensory/motor inputs or outputs
• It interacts specifically with afferent neurons to send input into the central nervous system so that the body can create outputs with efferent neurons. AC signal, on the other hand, causes agonist-antagonist co-contractions
4. Our bodies run on DC. This means that, functionally, using DC speaks the same language as our nervous system and so will support the body to make neuro changes on its own
These are some key points that can be shared when talking to patients about this treatment. Additionally, it is important for them to understand that this additional input will support the improvement of function more efficiently than traditional training in the gym, and can create a long term adaptation of muscles and/or (more specifically in this case) nerves.