Futura Fit™ is based on a system that combines ultrasound energy with a subsequent electrical current application, in conjunction with fitness, diet, and supplements. The combination results in weight loss, inch loss, toning, improved circulation, lymphatic drainage and muscle re-education.
Sonophoresis is a process that can move molecules across cell membranes using ultrasonic waves. It is commonly used to increase the absorption of semisolid topical compounds (transdermal delivery) into the epidermis, dermis and skin appendages. Sonophoresis occurs because ultrasound waves stimulate micro-vibrations within the skin cell membranes and increase the overall kinetic energy of molecules. It is used in hospitals to deliver drugs through the skin. Pharmacists compound the drugs by mixing them with a coupling agent (gel, cream, ointment) that transfers ultrasonic energy from the ultrasound transducer to the skin. Sonophoresis is also used without drug delivery in physical therapy, and as a complementary modality for iontophoresis. At a frequency of 1 MHz sound waves enhance molecular transport of fatty acids through the fat cell membrane sonophoresis, micro-cavitation, microstreaming, and heating. At low intensity levels sonophoresis is the dominant mechanism transporting lipids out of fat cells without significant heating. Sonophoresis is also used without drug delivery in physical therapy, and as a complementary modality for iontophoresis.
Lymph is the fluid that circulates throughout the lymphatic system. The lymph is formed when the interstitial fluid (the fluid which lies in the interstices of all body tissues) is collected through lymph capillaries. It is then transported through lymph vessels to lymph nodes before emptying ultimately into the right or the left subclavian vein, where it mixes back with blood. The blood does not come into direct contact with the parenchymal cells and tissues in the body, but constituents of the blood first exit the microvascular exchange blood vessels to become interstitial fluid, which comes into contact with the parenchymal cells of the body. Lymph is the fluid that is formed when interstitial fluid enters the initial lymphatic vessels of the lymphatic system.
The lymph is then moved along the lymphatic vessel network by either intrinsic contractions of the lymphatic passages or by extrinsic compression of the lymphatic vessels via external tissue forces (e.g. the contractions of skeletal muscles) as the case with the Skinny jeans treatment muscle re-education system. The organization of lymph nodes and drainage follows the organization of the body into external and internal regions; therefore, the lymphatic drainage of the head, limbs, and body cavity walls follows an external route, and the lymphatic drainage of the thorax, abdomen, and pelvic cavities follows an internal route. Eventually, the lymph vessels empty into the lymphatic ducts, which drain into one of the two subclavian veins (near the junctions of the subclavian veins with the internal jugular veins).
Electrical muscle re-education, (EMR) also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) or electromyostimulation, is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses. EMR has received increasing attention in the last few years, because it has the potential to serve as: a strength training tool for healthy subjects and athletes; a rehabilitation and preventive tool for partially or totally immobilized patients; a testing tool for evaluating the neural and/or muscular function in vivo; a post-exercise recovery tool for athletes[i] The impulses are generated by a device and delivered through electrodes on the skin in direct proximity to the muscles to be stimulated. The impulses mimic the action potential coming from the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract. The electrodes are generally pads that adhere to the skin. The use of EMS has been cited by renowned sports scientists as a complementary technique for sports training and published research is available on the results obtained[ii]. Futura Fit sessions utilize contraction of the muscles to move lymph along the lymphatic network into the circulatatory system where fat can be metabolized and used by the muscles themselves.
Diet & exercise are valuable components of any program that improves fitness, muscle toning and results in long term fat loss. The Futura Fit Program brings all these elements together.
[i]Maffiuletti, Nicola A.; Minetto, Marco A.; Farina, Dario; Bottinelli, Roberto (2011). “Electrical stimulation for neuromuscular testing and training: State-of-the art and unresolved issues”. European Journal of Applied Physiology 111 (10): 2391–7. doi:10.1007/s00421-011-2133-7. PMID 21866361
[ii]Examples of peer-reviewed research articles attesting increased muscular performance by utilizing EMS
- Babault, Nicolas; Cometti, Gilles; Bernardin, Michel; Pousson, Michel; Chatard, Jean-Claude (2007). “Effects of Electromyostimulation Training on Muscle Strength and Power of Elite Rugby Players”. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 21 (2): 431. doi:10.1519/R-19365.1.
- Malatesta, D; Cattaneo, F; Dugnani, S; Maffiuletti, NA (2003). “Effects of electromyostimulation training and volleyball practice on jumping ability”. Journal of strength and conditioning research 17 (3): 573–9. PMID 12930189.
- Willoughby, Darryn S.; Simpson, Steve (1998). “Supplemental EMS and Dynamic Weight Training: Effects on Knee Extensor Strength and Vertical Jump of Female College Track & Field Athletes”. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research 12 (3).
Willoughby, Darryn S.; Simpson, Steve (1996). “The Effects of Combined Electromyostimulation and Dynamic Muscular Contractions on the Strength of College Basketball Players”. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research 10 (1).