The Complementary Benefits of PowerDot + HyperIce
Technological advancements have provided accessibility for everyone to train, perform,
and recover like professional athletes. However, with a new gadget or device coming
out and claiming to be the next best thing, it is companies like PowerDot and HyperIce
have set the standard for enhancing human performance and muscle recovery.
Enhancing human performance consists of improving endurance, strength, and power. Muscle recovery is displayed as the return to normal physiological conditions after fatigue, which is demonstrated as any decline in muscular performance  . Recovering from delayed onset muscle soreness may take up-to several minutes to several days . The classical symptoms of DOMS strength losses, pain, swelling, tenderness or stiffness, loss of full range of motion, flexibility, force production and mobility.
PowerDot and HyperIce both have products that when used in conjunction with another has the potential to further enhance human performance and muscle recovery by enhancing muscular endurance, strength, and power as well as eliminating the negative effects associated with muscular fatigue and soreness.
Advancements in muscle recovery technology are of paramount importance as muscle
fatigue and soreness result in detriments of physical performance and muscle function
[4,5]. Inflammation and muscle tightness/stiffness, triggering pain receptors, cause pain
and soreness impairing human movement. By incorporating PowerDot technology as a
recovery modality, users get the added benefits of both Neuromuscular Electrical
Stimulation (NMES) and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS). NMES
stimulates muscle fiber contraction creating an electro-induced hyperfusion . This
increases oxygenated muscular blood flow, washing out and clearing away cellular
debris that causes pain and soreness . On the other hand, TENS therapy reduces
central neuron sensitization and causes the release of endorphins which shut down or
block the flow of pain signals from the muscles to the brain [6,7]. Complementary to the
muscle recovery benefits of NMES and TENS, HyperIce intuitively utilizes percussion
and vibration therapy to more directly attack muscle stiffness and the associated pain
and impairments in joint range of motion. These modalities of muscle recovery apply
pressure directly to trigger points (muscle knots) providing rapid vibrations that
desensitize muscle proprioceptors allowing for the muscle to fully relax and lengthen
[8,9] .This results in greater and improved range of motion as well as a reduction in
physical pain [10,11,12]. As noted, PowerDot and HyperIce implement different
therapeutic muscle recovery modalities that when used in conjunction with one another,
produce longer lasting analgesic (pain/soreness relief) effects than if used by
themselves . In essence, the combined application of the technologies provided by
PowerDot and HyperIce further enhance muscle recovery by reducing pain and stiffness
allowing for optimal human movement.
Human Performance: Strength and Power Production
Advanced muscular human performance requires strength and power. It takes more
than just a proper warm-up and exercise training to reach the body’s full performance
potential. Both PowerDot and HyperIce technologies have the capacity to optimize
training and competition performance beyond the scope of what is traditionally thought.
By stimulating muscular contraction of both Type I (slow-twitch) and Type II (fast-twitch)
fibers, PowerDot technology induces Post-Activation Potentiation (PAP) which causes
greater muscle fiber recruitment and a faster contraction cycling rate . HyperIce
technology works similarly as when placed on the motor point of a muscle (the most
innervated part of the muscle), motor unit discharge and synchronisation increase .
Though physiologically different, both technologies elicit faster and more forceful
muscular contractions thereby increasing muscular strength and power production.
Complementary… Not Competition
Both PowerDot and HyperIce are on similar missions to improve muscle recovery and enhance human performance. As demonstrated above, both companies utilize advanced therapeutic technology to achieve the goals of their mission. When used complementary with one another, the technology from PowerDot and HyperIce has the potential to elicit a more well-rounded physiological response to optimize both muscle recovery and human performance.
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