“Progress comes from the intelligent use of experience.” Elbert Hubbard
My experience with ARP WAVE, Therastim and the development of the Globus Phoenix Wave and Neuromuscular Reconnection Training (NRT) protocols – Dr. Jeff Banas
Back in 2006 a patient of mine asked me if I had heard of the ARP Wave, which is also known as Accelerated Recovery Performance Electric Muscle Stimulation. My patient, who was a former volleyball player and a competitive cyclist, told me that this ARP Wave Electric Muscle Stimulation device was different from all the other electric muscle stimulation (EMS) modalities out there, and it was producing great results with flexibility and sports performance.
I am always open to new ideas and modalities, so although skeptical, I began looking into the ARP Wave. The ARP Wave claimed to offer some great results for pain relief, rehabilitation, and sports performance. These claims also came at a really high price. At that time, you could lease your own ARP Wave for $15,000, yes that is right $15,000 per year!
Despite the seemingly ridiculous price on a lease, I was intrigued by the claims so I contacted the ARP Wave corporate office. I was told that one of the developers of the ARP Wave and the ARP Wave Protocols, Jay Schroeder, had an office in Mesa AZ, which was only a few miles from my office at the time. So, I set up a time to meet with Jay and get a demonstration on the ARP Wave. After waiting for some time, Jay and some of his assistants did a demonstration of the ARP Wave Loosening Protocol on me. They attached the ARP Wave electrode to my quads and then I did some squats. Then they attached the ARP Wave electrodes to my hamstrings and I did some toe touches, and the protocol continued like this for other muscle groups. Honestly, I was impressed. Within just a few minutes of having the ARP Wave on me my flexibility and range of motion improved greatly.
Again, despite the crazy cost of the ARP Wave lease ($15,000 at the time), I rented an ARP Wave for a month and tested it out on myself and my clients. The ARP Wave unit that I rented was the ARP Wave pictured to the right, with the black and yellow face cover. It was also the same ARP Wave unit that Jay used on me at his clinic during the demonstration. Denis Thompson was one on the developers of the ARP Wave and over the course of renting the ARP Wave, he was my contact for all my questions on the ARP Wave. So, for one month I tried the ARP Wave on myself, my clients, and would talk to Dennis about any questions related to the ARP Wave.
One of the things I was most impressed with the ARP Wave was the loosening protocols. The loosening protocol is done to increase mobility, flexibility, or to warm up before an activity. So, I hooked myself up to the ARP Wave and did my squats, toe touches, and then I was off for my run. The first thing that I noticed while running, was that I was out of breath and breathing hard. It would usually take me about a mile of running before I felt warmed up enough to really feel like I was running, but this was within only minutes of running. But, looking down at my pace watch, and there was the answer. I was running two minutes faster and that was why I was out of breath so fast.
What happened was the ARP Wave loosening protocol got me warmed up and loose, and therefore I was able to increase my running pace. So, what would usually take me a few miles to warm up, the ARP Wave did in minutes. Based on these experiment results with the ARP Wave on myself and my clients. I began to search the ARP Wave on online strength and conditioning forums. What kept coming up in the discussion forums was an electric muscle stimulation called the Therastim. In fact, people were saying that the ARP Wave and the Therastim were actually the same thing, just packaged a little different. The Therastim is pictured on the left with the blue and gray cover.
Information on the Therastim:
The Therastim was manufactured by PhysioDynamics, Inc. The Therastim®, unlike most electronic muscle simulator (“EMS”) devices, was a DC voltage device. This device could achieve deep tissue penetration at a low voltage, and thereby reduce the level of discomfort that was experienced with AC machines that ran on much higher voltage. Unlike any other machine on the market, the Therastim® enabled the practitioner to locate the electrical discontinuity caused by a soft tissue or other type of injury.
Basically, the Therastim and the ARP Wave, at that time were the same thing. The Therastim was the initial version of the ARP Wave, and the black ARP wave was the result of Dennis acquiring PhysioDynamics, Inc. and began to operate under the ARP Manufacturing brand name. I found a doctor who was selling a Therastim unit, so I bought it and decided not to lease the ARP Wave, which I returned to the corporate office. Jay and Dennis continued to develop protocols for the ARP Wave and change the design of the Therastim and ARP Wave.
Since then I have used the Therastim in my office for over 10 years with extraordinary results, reducing chronic pain, improving flexibility, increasing strength, and enhancing performance. During these 10 years, I have been looking for something that could achieve the same results as the Therastim. The problem was that the wave form of the Therastim produced a very unique signal, and that unique signal is what is responsible for the great results that we were achieving.
An option, was always, was to buy and ARP WAVE and become a licensed ARP Wave clinic. However, the cost to become and ARP clinic, get an ARP Wave and use the ARP Wave protocols costs about $20,000 for just ONE ARP Wave.
Most clinics that offer the ARP Wave charge around $200 for a single ARP Wave session, and a lot of the clinics require clients to pre-pay for 10 sessions. Although I do LOVE the ARP Wave, the cost to have an ARP Wave in the clinic was too high and I feel that the cost pre ARP Wave session for the patient was also too high. Therefore, I chose not to purchase an ARP Wave and just continue to use the Therastim as the main modality in our sports medicine practice.
For over 10 years we have been using the Therastim in our clinic with amazing results. We have been developing and redefining our protocols and training methods, and we have been searching for a Waveform that had a DC current in it.
In 2016 we finally found a company that was able to create a EMS unit that featured add a DC current. What is even better is that we can offer this unique waveform at an affordable price. We called this new waveform the PHOENIX.
What makes the Phoenix Edition so different from all the other EMS units on the market today is the combination of an AC current and DC current. Most EMS units contain only an AC current.
The company manufacturing the Phoenix waveform for us was able to put this unique waveform into one of their existing EMS units, the Globus.
We now are able to offer this blend of two signals (AC and DC current), our therapy, mobility, and training protocols at an affordable price.
The Phoenix edition waveform, protocols and training methods are designed to help people of all ages and abilities. These protocols will unlock your body’s potential with a biomechanical upgrade to rise up and become the person or athlete you have always wanted to be.
Here is more information about the Therastim.
To learn more about history of the Therastim and ARP Wave go HERE.
Individual results may vary.