Hypothesised uses of Myoride in a Clinical Setting:
Diabetic and blood sugar control
The Myoride exercises in low impact movements and in a non-weight bearing position. It exercises in a bilaterally synchronized motion and in a primitive gait-like, "cross crawl" motion which enhances neurological organization. It exercises in a supine, safe position. Because of the intensity it can produce, it will improve VO2max and will exercise maximal excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) for glucose and fat metabolism.
Benefits of using the Myoride Exercise Machine:
Exercises full body
Exercises the muscular system
Exercises in complete range of motion
Exercising the cardiorespiratory system
Exercises against no-impact resistance
Exercises in non-weight bearing posture
Exercises a cross crawl, gait-like pattern
Exercises complete upper and lower body
Exercises into neurological reorganization
Exercises into Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) state
Rehab: Cardiorespiratory System
The response is specific; only the system or body part repeatedly stressed will adapt to the continual overload. The more muscle groups involved the more training adaptations will be made. Only those muscles involved will adapt, no others. If the cardiorespiratory system is continually imposed upon, there will be a specific reaction to improve the cardiorespiratory function (the S.A.I.D. principle) and so, better adaptation of the system to the next challenge. There will be cardiac anastomosis generation.
The rate of oxygen utilized is represented by VO2. The V indicates the volume of oxygen consumed. The measure of the maximum oxygen consumed is the gold standard for assessing a person’s cardiovascular fitness. VO2 is improved by exercising to exhaustion.
VO2 increases linearly as exercise intensity is increased until a VO2max is reached. Over time, with regular vigorous workouts, VO2max increases because improvements in oxygen delivery, cardiovascular adaptations, and improvements in muscle mitochondrial oxygen utilization have improved.
Rehab: Neuromuscular System
To gain greater physiological effects of exercise the muscles should be moved through their complete range of motion against low or moderate resistance. Not only will this engage more muscle fibers, more of the brain will be activated and help train a greater biomechanics of the muscles and joints and coordination of the body.
The higher the intensity, the more muscles engaged, through their complete range of motion, the better the effects of the exercise to the neuromuscular system and related joint complexes.
After sustaining a concussion a few years ago, he tries the Myoride exercise and you can see how uncoordinated his movements are.
Rehab: Neurological Organization
A normal contralateral gait pattern synchronizes the nervous system. A person does not walk in an ipsilateral gait. If there is disruption in the nervous system the person shuffles the feet and does not swing the arms. This is observed in a person post-stroke, a person with Parkinson’s, and in the advanced aged.
One subtle yet telling objective sign is to observe the gait pattern in a supine posture. In some cases, a person, no matter the age or degree of neurological disorganization, will swing the limbs in an ipsilateral pattern, that is right arm with right leg, left arm with left leg. The degree of ipsilateral swing may be indicative of the neurological disruption.
The motion of the Myoride Exercise Machine allows for freedom of motion in a supine, gait-like or cross crawl pattern. Not only is this gait-like motion allowed and encouraged, it is exercised into the neuromuscular system, possibly improving the neuromuscular patterns and also brain patterns.
As well, during intense whole-body muscular contractions, blood will be shunted from all vital organs except the muscles and the brain where oxygen and other metabolites will be distributed as a priority.
By way of function, Myoride training is helpful in not only determining this dysfunction but may well offer great therapeutic value in exercising neurological organization patterns. This takes constant vigilance on the part of the clinician to "re-educate" the person's gait pattern and ultimately to plasticize the primitive neurological gait mechanisms.
This applies to post-stroke sufferers, those with neurodegenerative disorders, and the advanced aging. As well, this type of exercise may be prophylactic in resistance-exercising these "primitive" movements and may keep these conditions from progressing. More studies are needed.
Diabetic and Blood Sugar Metabolism
After a meal, insulin is secreted in proportion to the elevated blood sugar levels and distributed to the muscles for muscular activity and to the liver for processing and storage. The elevation of blood sugar is in proportion to the carbohydrate and protein intake.
If the muscles are efficient in function they will readily process the sugar by using it for energy metabolism. If the muscles are not efficient the sugar levels will elevate and carried by insulin to be processed in the liver and stored as triglycerides. Over time, blood sugars rise and insulin resistance develops in the muscles.
As a person exercises, blood sugar levels decrease, insulin sensitivity improves in the muscles and ultimately triglyceride levels (and fat deposits) lower.
If an exercise can be performed with such intensity to produce a whole-body, muscular-resistance that utilizes the glycogen-lactic acid system and the phosphagen system of energy metabolism, the efficiency of muscular metabolism will improve. As well, it will be the post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) in response to the intensity of physical exercise that will improve glucose metabolism.