What’s good for Elite Athletes can be good for Aging Adults
This Sun-Times article tells the story of how electrical stimulation treatments are helping seniors with conditions such as arthritis, urinary incontinence and slow healing wounds.
The treatments, known as PENS, or patterned electrical neuromuscular stimulation, replicate the normal nerve and muscle firing order that a person had before being injured or diseased.
The Cubs and Blackhawks use similar therapies.
“In simple terms, PENS reminds the muscles and nerves how they’re supposed to work together, while helping to strengthen muscles and manage pain,” said Tony Taylor, chief marketing officer for Accelerated Care Plus (ACP), a Reno, Nev.-based company that holds the patent on PENS technology. Dr. Frank Palermo, ACP’s medical director, along with co-founders CEO John Beach and chief scientist Chris Castel, a former director of the neurologic division of Niles-based Medical Research Labs, realized that the technology could be used successfully with the burgeoning number of aging baby boomers.
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