With all of the injuries I have had in the past year, I am much more focused on run recovery. I have been foam rolling and stretching like a boss. When I was offered the chance to try out the new PowerDot smart muscle stimulation system, I jumped at the chance. Don’t worry I scored an extra system to giveaway to one of you. I received a PowerDot system in exchange for this review however, all opinions are my own.
Recover From Your Run With Power Dot
So what exactly is Power Dot and how can it help you? PowerDot uses electric stimulation on target muscles which causes them to contract in response. “Electric muscle stimulators are devices that send electrical impulses to your muscles to promote muscle contractions. Specifically NeuroMuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) causes Type 1 (slow-twitch) & Type 2 (fast-twitch) muscle fibers to contract, and at different Hz levels can provide a number of benefits to both performance and recovery.” (source)
PowerDot takes electric stimulation, similar to what you may have tried at a Physical Therapist visit, and puts it right into the hands of the consumer. I opened the box to find a lightweight pod and sensor pads all packed into a great travel case. After downloading the app, I could easily navigate to find the program best suited for me.
I liked how easy the App was to figure out (because who really wants to read the instructions?). Simply choose the target area and follow the illustrations to set up the sensors pads. You will see exactly how long the program will last and you can move around while receiving treatment. It’s totally portable as long as your phone is with you.
I personally like to sit down and relax while I receive treatment. The past few weeks I have treated my shins, hip area, knee and hamstring. I like that I can control the intensity right on my phone the whole time. After a run or workout, I perform my usual stretch routine. I like to use my PowerDot in the evening while relaxing and watching TV or reading.
“Electric muscle stimulators are meant to be paired with your training routines and workout programs to enhance performance and support recovery in between workouts or post workout. Electric muscle stimulation uses different Hertz ranges to activate specific muscle fibers, forcing them to contract. These contractions increase blood flow and nutrient distribution to recruit more muscle fibers, which helps the body recover faster, perform better, and reduces the risk of muscular injuries” (source)