The AllCore360 & Independent Research
The focus on preventative and proactive overall health and wellness in societies around the world has necessitated the increased attention on ‘pre-habilitation”, especially in the US. Individuals are more in control of their health and wellbeing through the abundance of information that is now available to the general public. The ACH goal is to conduct research on topics related to the AC360 health benefits through its team of board-certified medical staff working with reputable medical institutions. The desire is to provide its business partners and their riders with information that supports a healthy lifestyle leading to quality longevity afforded by a strong central core & nervous system. Other information obtained will be used to support the continuous improvement of the AC360 technology package to solidify the riders value experiences, resulting in increased value to our shareholders.
Since the time of its inception, third-party institutions have been involved with conducting research focused on the outcomes of using the AC360 equipment in relation to its effects on the nervous system, musculoskeletal system and cardiovascular system. By initially looking broadly through these three key physiological systems, more specific medical conditions that fall under these systems can also be evaluated through a non-biased approach. The studies below are summarized and document how the AC360 has impacted the outcomes for various medical conditions. Some of the studies are complete, while others are still currently being conducted, and some are in review for commencement in 2021. All of the studies thus far have indicated positive outcomes for their patient populations. The current research is supporting the notion that the AC360 is positively changing peoples’ lives as we speak.
The Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 best rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. Shepherd is the only rehabilitation facility in the nation with an intensive care unit and acute medical components on-site, allowing them to begin the rehabilitation process sooner than other rehabilitation hospitals.
In 2018, the Shepherd Center implemented the AC360 in its spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation treatment protocols. Their aim was to evaluate how the AC360 would impact rehabilitative recovery time post injury for the patients with spinal cord and brain injuries.
The Shepherd Center continues to research the use of AC360 technology and to date, has seen improvements in rehabilitative recovery times in their patients with spinal cord and brain injuries. Follow-up with the Shepherd Center remains ongoing as the Center continues its studies.
Researchers have estimated that, as of 2019, 17,730 new spinal cord injury cases occur each year and between 249,000 and 363,000 people are currently living with spinal cord injury in the United States. By implementing AC360 therapy in this population group, time to recovery post SCI may improve as well as the therapy slows down further deterioration from the injury itself, thereby preserving some remaining neuromuscular function. This is important, not only for improving the quality of life of those injured, but also reducing the cost burden to the patient, facility, insurer and governmental organizations that become financially involved.
The Kessler Foundation drives positive change for people with disabilities. The Kessler Foundation both conducts groundbreaking rehabilitative and disability research and funds innovative initiatives for those with disabilities. The Foundation’s main goal is to help people with disabilities regain their function and achieve maximum independence.
The Kessler Foundation implemented AC360 therapy to initially investigate and understand the neuromuscular mechanism during an AC360 isometric core strengthening program designed to strengthen the trunk muscles. The purpose of this study was to explore the possibility of developing patient specific and intense neuromuscular training programs for improved trunk function. An adaptive peer-reviewed study also ensued once the trunk findings were positive with a patient who suffered from severe chronic hemiplagia (one-sided paralysis) following a stroke. This study and its results have been submitted for publication in IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology.
Specifically, the initial AC360 trunk training program study showed the ability to isolate and train trunk muscle groups in a holistic, uniform, systematic, consistent and repetitive manner. A clear relationship was found to exist between system parameters (inclination angles and direction of rotation) and muscular output. In 2020, these findings were presented to the American College of Rehabilitative Medicine. The positive results from the study are leading to a larger clinical trial for investigating the potential use of the AC360 as a long-term, regular component of stroke rehabilitation in clinical settings.
These findings are important as strokes are the leading cause of disability in the US. According to the CDC, there are an estimated 795,000 new stroke cases each year in the US. By implementing the AC360 therapy into stroke rehabilitation programs, the patients have the potential to regain functional use of the affected areas and improve their quality of life.
University of North Georgia Physical Therapy Department
The University of North Georgia Physical Therapy Department develops doctors of physical therapy, who through innovation and integration of research, education, service and clinical care, optimize movement and function across the life span in diverse populations.
In 2020, an investigational study was conducted by UNG assessing how an AC360 trunk control training program positively impacts the functional abilities of children diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. The goal of the study was to improve the activities of daily living (eating, breathing, moving, functioning) in this pediatric population.
The results of the study showed marked improvements in the standardized Functional Reach Test. Improvements were also seen in Gross Motor Function measurements. This included improvements in standing, sitting, lying, crawling, kneeling and rolling over. Photographic images were also performed in the study documenting improvements in overall posture. EMG studies were also carried out showing muscular recruitment of core muscles following AC360 therapy. The study is set for publication in the Official Research Journal of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists in May, 2021.
According to the CDC, there are 764,000 people suffering from Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy is the number one cause of childhood disability and roughly 10,000 children are born with this disease on a yearly basis. It is estimated that the cost of lifetime care in individuals affected with Cerebral Palsy exceeds $1 million per individual.
Other Studies Submitted for IRB Approval
- A study investigating 8 weeks of AllCore360 isometric trunk control training to improve the maximum poundage of one repetition in the following six (6) functional core movements. 1-trunk flexion, 2-trunk extension, 3-trunk rotation dominant side, 4-trunk rotation non-dominant side, 5-trunk side bending dominant side, 6-trunk side bending non-dominant side.
- A study investigating 15-20 minutes of contemporary isotonic strength training improvements compared with 10 minutes of AllCore360 isometric trunk control strength training improvements.
- A study investigating the effects of 6 months of AllCore360 isometric trunk training to reduce incidence and severity of low back pain in military cadets.
- A study investigating the effects of AllCore360 isometric trunk training on incontinence in pediatrics and women who have undergone surgery post-partum.
- A study investigating AllCore360 isometric trunk control training and its effects on idiopathic scoliosis. The Cleveland Clinic is a multi-specialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education and is currently conducting this review.
- A single case study is ongoing looking at the effects of the AC360 on Traumatic Brain Injury. To date, improvements in upper extremity and lower extremity function, as well as gain of function, are being clinically documented. The client is now able to legibly sign his name, walk with support, as well as drag heavily weighted objects with a belt strap. The client prior to using AC360 was wheel-chair bound and had very limited use of his upper and lower extremities. Thus far, the findings are very positive and have been life changing for the client.