INCREASING HUMAN PERFORMANCE THROUGH ADVANCED NECK MUSCLE STRENGTHENING
We are a team of passionate people focused in developing the most sophisticated technology for neck assessment and rehabilitation in the world.
In the United States alone, each year around 300,000 incidences of concussions related to sports are reported among which football players have testified the highest number of such incidences. Whiplash like neck injuries are very common among athletes suffering from concussion (Bailes et al., 2001). It was also found that with an increase in one pound of neck strength there is a decrease in possibility of concussion by 5% (Collins et al., 2014). Thus, increasing neck strength and stabilization is key in treating concussion symptoms as well as minimizing the possibilities of future concussion. Additionally, 83-80% of helicopter pilots suffer from neck pain/injuries in Canada alone (Salmon et al., 2011). The major research conducted by Salmon et al. in 2013 and Ang et al. in 2009 in helicopter pilots have shown that a prescribed neck exercise regime was effective in reduction of neck pain in helicopter pilots. Therefore, increasing neck strength is critical in effectively reducing neck pain in helicopter pilots.
However, existing products in the market are inefficient in isolating and strengthening the weak neck muscles. We are here to solve this problem through our ground breaking disruptive technology which will allow more precise and more focused neck muscle treatments, targeting specific muscle groups with both isokinetic and isometric exercises. The device will capture patient’s range of motion in two planes, plus rotation as well as offer immediate range of motion data and the ability to inspect unintended movement during motion capture.
Neck Tronics is currently in the process of protecting its intellectual property via a Canadian/U.S. patent application, while a formal patent issue is not expected until sometime in 2021. Concurrently, it is has finalized its second functional prototype(P2), placing prototype products for in situ field trials(verification/validation), initiating a dialogue with the insurance industry, concurrent market research to validate product viability, organizing the regulatory compliance steps, and ready for second round financing.
Meet the Team
Bill is a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine(CMCC Graduate), and has been practicing for over 20 years. He completed his undergraduate in Biochemistry/Chemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Bill has diverse interests and has been active politically, campaigning in the 2008 federal election. He has been active with the College of Chiropractors for Nova Scotia, having chaired many committees and is also a past-President of the Provincial Council for the College.
Originally from Ontario, Jonathan started his career as a machinist and fabricator 14 years ago. He graduated from NSCC’s Mechanical Engineering Technologist program in 2011 and has worked as a mechanical designer in various sectors for over 8 years. Jonathan brings cross-discipline experience working with industrial electrical control and microcontrollers to the Neck Tronics team.
Anindita completed her Master’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Delaware and is presently pursuing her second Master’s degree in Technology Entrepreneurship & Innovation from Saint Mary’s University, Canada. She has 6 years’ experience working with leading pharmaceutical companies. Anindita’s technical expertise, entrepreneurial experience and skills in strategic business development are well suited to Neck Tronic’s fast paced environment.
Dr. Lisa Dickson
Dr. Lisa Dickson is a Doctor of Chiropractic, and has been practicing in Nova Scotia for over 17 years. She obtained BSc in biochemistry from UBC and worked as a chemist in the petrochemical industry for four years. In addition, she worked as an environmental chemist completing field research for five years prior to chiropractic. She has been active with the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors, where she has written and revised policy, chaired many committees, served as Registrar, and represented the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors nationally on many committees. She is a past recipient of the NSCC Chiropractor of the Year.
Vicky grew up in Blockhouse. She has been part of Dr. Smith’s clinic team for the past 10 years. She is a graduate of NSCC – OIT in 2006. She has worked in a number of different capacities, more recently as office manager and will assume that role with Neck Tronics Inc.
Rob has more than 20 years’ experience designing and delivering Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems for the Canadian Army. He attended the Royal Military College of Canada and earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering in 1995. Rob served with the Canadian Army until 2000. He has wide ranging experience with Software Systems and has led large engineering teams of more than one hundred people.