Industry News for Neuromechanical Innovations
Chandler, Arizona 85226
Chandler, Ariz.-based medical device manufacturer Neuromechanical Innovations (NMI) received the prestigious UL-Listing for its two chiropractic adjusting instruments, Impulse® and Impulse iQ,® in October 2009 from Underwriters Laboratories,® Inc. (UL). Neuromechanical is the first and only manufacturer or distributor of chiropractic adjusting instruments to receive the UL-Listing mark and among few in the chiropractic industry with such designation.
Underwriters Laboratories is the recognized leader in independent product safety certification that has been testing products and writing standards for safety for more than a century. The safety giant evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials and systems annually, with 20 billion UL Marks appearing on 72,000 manufacturers' products each year.
Neuromechanical Innovations' CEO, Chris Colloca, DC, reflected on the achievement saying, "The UL Certification process was a huge undertaking for our company, both in terms of the above-and-beyond effort of our team to meet their rigorous safety standards, but also the financial costs of the process. Frankly, I think that is why there aren't many companies in the chiropractic industry whose products are UL-listed. Ten years ago, we set out to be the leader in instrument adjusting within the chiropractic market and we wanted to set the highest possible standard in that effort. So, two years ago, we began the certification process by hiring consultants to train our manufacturing team and our entire staff. Today, we are light-years ahead in our manufacturing systems and procedures, which only makes our products better for our doctors and their patients."
NMI has twelve employees on staff in its 12,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters in the Arizona desert, what has become to be known as the 2nd Silicon Valley. "Intel and Honeywell are our neighbors," said Colloca. In addition, NMI also has a core of technique instructors on its team that travel to onsite locations to provide training to its field doctors.
The Impulse Adjusting Instrument®, Neuromechanical's first release, received its U.S. FDA 510(k) registration in 2003 and has exponentially grown to now be in use in more than 5,000 chiropractic offices in every state in the U.S. and over 40 countries around the world. Dr. Colloca credits the unprecedented growth of Impulse® to its unique benefits. "Impulse doesn't hurt chiropractors' hands and wrists like the old fashioned adjusting instruments that you had to squeeze to get to work. We improved the waveform of the thrust to emulate a half-sine wave that is twice as fast as the competition, and expanded the range of forces that the clinician could select from, in addition to adding single and multiple thrust capabilities for the user. In all, it's everything a chiropractor could ask for at that price point."
Last year, the company released a new chiropractic adjusting device, Impulse iQ,® that is equipped with a computerized sensor to detect spinal motion responses during chiropractic treatments while gauging its performance to the body's response. Over 20 research publications have been published on the scientific background behind the inventions.
Neuromechanical was awarded a domestic patent for its adjusting instruments in 2006 and today it has other patents pending and international filings in over 40 countries around the globe.
"Chiropractic is growing worldwide exponentially, so we needed to protect our Intellectual Property wherever we are represented," said Colloca.
The patented universally compatible technology of the Impulse devices enables the instruments to work in the variable voltages and frequency environments found around the world. Training on the proper use of its products is given at the company's Impulse Adjusting Technique® seminars that are given most major U.S. cities and international hubs. The company will launch a touch-screen computer interface with enhanced patient education and documentation abilities to add to the Impulse® family of adjusting instruments later this year.
Source: Neuromechanical Innovations