Under physiological conditions, a neuron's maximum firing rate (typically 500 Hz) is dictated by the type, density, and distribution of ion channels across the neural membrane.
Our HUNT Program runs at 500 HZ (contractions per second) which closely mimics the firing rate of human neurons, so the body responds well to this frequency.
Each muscle gets the ability to function (contract) by sending a signal to the brain AND receiving a response from the brain. One muscle is made up of a multitude of muscle fibers Within each muscle fiber, for simplicity’s sake, there are two wires that communicate directly with the brain. If the communication is inhibited (or delayed) a muscle can’t respond properly during physical activities resulting in discomfort, tightness, strain, or pain to surrounding muscles and joints.
If there is GOOD communication between the brain and the muscle, you will have good flexibility, strength, and pain-free movement in that muscle. An athlete would be able to perform the skills of their sport with ease and the athlete will likely be faster and strong.
If it is BAD (inhibited, weak, or delayed) communication between the brain and the muscle, which is frequently seen scenario, a weak signal is sent to the brain. This results in a poor response back to the muscle causing inefficient function. You may experience muscle tightness when you stretch, foam roll, heat, or massage with little or no change in tightness over a period of time. Low back, upper trapezius (shoulder), iliotibial bands (ITBs), hamstrings, and calf muscles are the most common areas that remain tight.
A quick test to test for an inhibition:
Lay face down, then extend the leg towards the sky. The glutes are the prime muscle that extends the leg, therefore you should see the glut contract first. Put one finger on the glut and one on the hamstring, then ask the person to lift the leg toward the sky (into extension). You should feel the glut contract first, but many times the hamstring contracts first. This means the glutes and brain do not have a good connection and the hamstring are over-excited.
When the muscle fiber wire is unable to send a signal, the brain will formulate the best set of muscles to accomplish the desired movement. Depending on how long this state lasts, you can see a variety of physical problems due to chronic compensation and the brain restricting joint movement to prevent injury. You can experience muscle trigger points, strains, arthritis, anterior knee pain, rotator cuff tears, tennis or golfer’s elbow, bulging or herniated discs, sciatica, hip labrum tears, hamstring tears, Achilles tendon tears, plantar fasciitis, hammer toes and require joint replacements.
The Phoenix Waveform can be used to “RE-SET” the muscle-brain connection, by placing the pads over the muscles, sending the Phoenix current into the muscle, then having the athlete/patient perform a series of movements.
The result is a “Neuromuscular RE-SET” and enhanced communication between the nervous system and the muscular system which can be extremely helpful in relieving pain, recovering from injuries, and rehabilitation before training, or before the athletic performance.
Sine Wave vs Square Wave
Comparing Russian sine currents to square waves (like the Phoenix Waveform) here are the key points: