The ARP Trainer is a grade 2 medical device that has been scientifically designed to work in harmony with the human body to rapidly speed up recovery from all types of injuries and surgeries. ARP therapy utilizes high volt direct current along with specific, proven, rehabilitative exercise protocols to enhance recovery rates from acute injuries, chronic injuries, and many different kind of surgeries.

Some of the non productive responses to pain are:

  • Avoiding the pain
  • The brain turns on muscles to protect the injured area
  • Abnormal muscle contraction
  • Abnormal muscle movement patterns
  • Compensatory patterns preventing normal function
  • Pain from inappropriate muscle activity

The ARP is proven to:

  • Increase Range of Motion via tissue elongation
  • Improve circulation to the affected areas
  • Eliminate compensation (limping)
  • Prevent disuse atrophy (muscle wasting)
  • Decrease swelling and inflammation.
  • Reduce PAIN.

Direct current has been shown to affect cellular migration and orientation, endothelialization, protein synthesis, calcium regulation, as well as stimulation of new bone formation and fracture healing. The net effect of direct current on bone is an increase in osteoblastic activity and new bone formation around the cathode (negative pad). Studies have shown increased spinal fusion rates, and increased healing of fracture nonunions.

Intracellular processes are also affected by direct current. Relatively low levels of direct current can raise cellular energy levels (ATP) almost 500% and increase protein synthesis and membrane transport.

What differentiates the ARP Trainer from regular current is its ability to search and find exactly where the injury has occurred. This is done by searching the injured area with two pads and finding the most intense areas of electrical current (hot spots). These areas are more intense in that the current is being absorbed by inflammation, injured tissue, and scar tissue. Then a series of rehabilitative exercises are performed with the current flowing through the injured area. We usually choose 2-3 exercises and perform 5-10 repetitions at 3 sets each on a current setting termed normal. After the first 3 sets of exercises the patient is given a 5 minute break and then the direction of the current is reversed for their next set of exercises.

The treatment is rather intense due to the current contracting muscles at 500 reps per second. We always advise patient's to incorporate around 20 grams of protein after a treatment to promote recovery of muscle tissue.

Outcomes for ARP treatments have beens based, thus far, on retrospective clinical observations and a medical research paper highlighting an ACL Breakthrough. Randomized, double blinded, prospective studies have been initiated for the treatment of ankle springs, hamstring injuries, and distal radius fractures. The hypotheses for these prospective studies is that ARP treatment will yield recovery rates 60-80% faster than for traditional conservative treatment.

The basis for these hypotheses is the large retrospective clinical data on ARP treatment over the past 5 years. In general, recovery rates for acute soft tissue injury have been 60-80% shorter than the predicted clinical outcome. Specific examples include grade II lateral ankle sprains, and grade II acute hamstring injury.

Athletes sustaining grade II lateral ankle sprains (partial ligament tear with moderate swelling and limited weight bearing ability) treated with 6 to 10 ARP sessions, and no other conservative treatment except supportive bracing, had an average recovery rate and return to play at 3 to 5 days post injury. Athletes sustaining grade II hamstring injuries treated also with 6 to 10 ARP sessions, without other modalities, had an average recovery rate and return to play at 8 to 12 days post injury.

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