With this very sophisticated tool, the therapy staff at the Vereen Rehabilitation Center will be able to speed the recovery of a broad spectrum of patients with lower extremity weakness. From the elite athlete looking for a speedy return to competition, to the person who is deconditioned due to a serious medical condition, the use of the Eccentron will assist our therapists in tailoring specific treatment regimens. The Eccentron not only retrains the muscles of the lower extremities but monitors progress and provides visual feedback to the patient before, during and after every session.
Also known as negative resistance, eccentric resistance is commonly found in the real world. As you descend a flight of stairs, your leg muscles perform eccentric contractions, controlling the rate of descent, keeping you safe and stable on the potentially dangerous stairs. The ability to control the descent requires that the muscles lengthen while it is in a state of contraction. These lengthening contractions safely create up to 40% more tension inside the muscle, strengthening the muscle more quickly and simultaneously giving the muscle enhanced stability. This enhanced stability helps to prevent falls and that sensation of “giving way” that many of our patients report before beginning therapy.
If you have lower extremity weakness due to a musculoskeletal, neuromuscular or even cardiopulmonary condition, the therapists at the Vereen Rehabilitation Center can use the Eccentron as part of a specifically designed program to improve your strength, balance, and endurance. In the athletic population, eccentric training helps to develop the explosive power that is necessary to succeed. In patients with a history of stroke, eccentric training can help to help to retrain neural pathways, improving motor control. In patients with cardiopulmonary problems eccentric training requires 80% less oxygen consumption that tradition aerobic training.