Through history, from time to time, mankind develops or discovers a remarkable form of health technology. Often, this technology is designed to treat one specific condition, but given enough time, research and development, followed by an “Aha!” moment, mankind discovers that this new technology has far more beneficial implications for mankind.
As director of Myotechnology, my therapy clinic for the past 30 years, I have seen my fair share of therapy devices, gismos, and techniques come and go. When it comes to utilizing modalities and techniques in my clinics, one of my company mantras has always been, “Show me your data & quantifiable evidence or there is the door.”
Having shared this with you now, I can honestly say I have spent hundreds of hours researching the efficacy of many different therapies and devices in the past 30 years, more recently, one of these devices is known as the Renew therapy device. I was very interested in this technology due to the fact it there are over 300 case studies that scientifically prove that it helps enhance blood circulation back to the heart and out to the body.
You see, blood delivers oxygen and nutrients to every cell in the body, it helps eliminate toxins, and bi-product from the body, if a therapy device could enhance that phenomenon it would be worth its weight in gold. I would even go as far as to call it the Holy Grail of athletic recovery. I acquired one of the Renew therapy units and embarked on my own in-house research to see what it could do.
I started with three short treatments per week on Mark, one of my elite marathon runners. My team documented physiological changes with his body but we were also very interested in what his experience was while going through the treatment protocol so we documented any perceived changes as well.
Mark trains 15 hours on average weekly; morning and evening sets include:
- An average training mile time of 5.19
- Average track day: 25 /400 meter runs at 70 sec. each.
- Average total weekly training mileage: 142 miles
After my first three sessions with Mark, he noted he felt more refreshed during and after his training runs, and felt more rested waking up in mornings. Mark’s average resting heart rate also decreased from 48 bpm to 45 bpm. After six sessions, he noted his track training times are on average faster than before. His 400 meter now 65 to 68, average mile time is now at 5.15 (Personal best) and Mark’s resting heart was now at 42 bpm. After nine sessions, he noted average faster training times, his 400 meter 62 to 65, average mile time now 5.08 (Personal best) and resting heart rate 36 to 38 bpm.
At this point, we were convinced that Renew therapy was helping in the recovery process, as well as making his heart more efficient. We decided to conduct an additional test by eliminating one of Mark’s long mileage training days for an additional four weeks and replaced it with a 45 minute Renew session.
After 12 sessions over 4 weeks, Mark noted faster average training times
- 400 meter now at 61 to 63 seconds
- Mile time now 5.03 (Personal best)
- Resting heart rate 33 to 35 bpm
In the end, Mark’s averages had improved, despite his reduced training time. How? We concluded that the introduction of the Renew therapy to Mark’s training program helped his heart work more efficiently, increasing the blood flow reduced the amount of workload on his heart and allowed him to increase his cardio output without having to train as much. This proved to be very beneficial as less training equates to less fatigue and physical stress on the body. Needless to say, Renew Therapy is now a part of our clinic’s Mixed method Recovery System.