I have been using the NES miHealth device for the few months. During this time I have found that I have managed to recover more quickly, and any muscle strains that inevitably occur have disappeared within a day or so, never getting in the way of my next activity.
I am documenting first impressions of using the miHealth here, and will continue to post updates here with how it is helping my performances in training and everyday life.
First – a little about me. I am a 42yr old age-grouper Triathlete competing in all distances of triathlon (Sprint, Olympic, 70.3 and IroMan) I am usually fairly competitive in my age group, often finishing on the podium in local races and in the top 10-20% at the larger races.
Over the past few season, I have steadily improved both my biking and running performances, however I have had a string of lower leg issues (calves, Gastroc/Soleus) that has stopped me in my tracks on numerous occasions.
When a problem occurs, I am do my best to be careful to not make things worse, if I feel some pain during a run, I will stop and walk, (as frustrating as that is). I have learned to use rollers and self massage have visited a number of Physical Therapists, ART (active release techniques) and even had some dry point needling sessions. These techniques have worked in the past for the short term, however it has not stopped the pains from recurring. What is maddening is that when I seem to have one problem sorted out I will get some pain in a new place or the other leg (or both). This really has affected consistency in my training. And consistency is where you make big improvements.
After being introduced to the NES miHealth by a friend I immediately saw the benefit for any athlete that likes to push themselves. My best description would be a that it is like a TENS device (you know, with the electrodes) with many more options and uses.
My training schedule for this time of year (off season) is to focus on increasing my 5k/10k run speed, and 1hour bike power (FTP). To do this I am not training for endless long hours, rather around 8 hours of high intensity intervals that really test the body.
There are a lot of settings and usage options for the miHealth, what I have been using is the following:-
- After Sport – off body mode, for 10-15 minutes
- Muscle – on-body (using the electrodes) to focus in on calves & quads – 5-10 minutes. I have found that I can set the intensity to 40-50% for lower legs and a bit lower for my quads
- Physical rejuvenation – off body 10-15 minutes.
The off body usage is very interesting, I can turn the device on and either put it in a pocket or rest on my legs and you don’t even notice it is there.
I really find that regular use of the miHealh has helped me recover and push myself harder than I have been able to before. Since using the miHealth I have had some muscle pains/strains each time it can use it to zero in on the problem area and often the next day I am back to my usual routine!
My overall impression so far is very positive. I have noticed that I am recovering more quickly, allowing me to continue with quality workouts at a high intensity, and with less issues with niggles/strains/general pain.