Gravity: new product to help with pain throughout the body.

Just came across a new product to help with pain throughout the body. It is called Gravity http://www.buygravity.com and is making big waves in the world of Physical Health around the World.

Read how it works http://www.buygravity.com/how-does-gravity-work/

I am Interested in testing this product, as it offers my clients an opportunity to reduce pain when at home, away from the clinic. It is an inexpensive way to help heal themselves in conjunction with a rehabilitation programme.

I have been playing football, tennis and working as a Physiotherapist. I sustained a whiplash injury in a head on tackle last weekend. My neck has been restricted on the right side with restrictions in right and left rotation, side bend and extension. I get a stiff right Thoracic Spine, from using my right arm, with Physiotherapy work.

Tonight I used Gravity for 30mins. I placed the neck and sacral elements into position. The neck element took a few adjustments to get comfortable. Initially, there was a strong pressure on the mastoid processes. With the adjustments I was able to get a very comfortable fit around my neck. The sacral element was very easy to place and very comfortable. I placed a roll under my knees to maximise relaxation.

I lay on Gravity and closed my eyes. I could feel a light comfortable pressure around the neck and on my sacrum. As I relaxed more I could feel myself drift into a deeper state of relaxation.

After 15 minutes on Gravity the neck element moved slightly as I lay on it. I was consciously relaxed but my muscles were moving my head on the neck element. I am not sure why my muscles either relaxed or contracted, but I continued to relax as much as possible. The movement continued to occur intermittently over the following 15 minutes.

After 25 minutes lying on Gravity I picked up my phone to check the time and check text messages. At this point both elements of Gravity started to feel hard and slightly uncomfortable. I am not sure if it was time on Gravity or not relaxing fully that created the pain.

I got off Gravity and tested my motion. I am normally stiff to right rotation and left side flexion of my Thoracic Spine. As I tested these movements I still felt mild to moderate restriction, but not severe restriction I normally felt. My neck felt stiff at end range, but there was a feeling of unusual comfort with each motion.

I plan to use Gravity 20 minutes in the morning and night. I will report on my findings. I will see what happens over a one week period.main-bluefourth-blue

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Week 16: Pelvis and Beginning to tweak

The content this week reinforced the movements of the pelvis on the same axis. The pelvis moves on the same axis and same plane. They create contribute to the load and explode in the Gluteal muscles in gait.  These movements can be palpated  and influenced using FMR. The use of translation and rotation in motion of the pelvis is important to assess in function.

A new series on Tweaking was introduced in the webcasts. This week teaching focussed on subtle, moderate and dramatic tweaks. This information accompanies the Process Flowchart. The degree of tweak can be altered in the TZ, Goal, movement variables, influence variables and complement drivers. This series runs for 10 weeks and leads in Gift Gathering 2 in July.\

Each week there are two webcasts by past GIFT graduates. The topic is the graduates own choice. Usually the  topic is one which inspires the graduate. This week there was an incredible presentation on using GIFT to transform the health of children. In Canada 1 in 3 children has diabetes. The skills we are learning at GIFT can be used educate and teach young children to move again. To have fun and to experience the GIFT of movement. There is resistence to change in Society, but the need for movement based therapy, cannot be highlighted enough by the state of health in our children today. There is a calling to all GIFT graduates to contribute to community, and use the knowledge gained from the course, to reverse this downward spiral of health our children.

It has been a powerful message this week in the webcasts. I am excited about using the Process Flowchart and mastering Tweakology in the next 10 weeks.

GIFT week 5: Looking at AFS and the Calf complex

GIFT week 5 was a week of further development of what AFS represents and the progression of bone and joint motion to the function of the calf complex. 
 
This week there was a strong emphasis on what makes an AFS exercise an AFS exercise. Specific points were made on drivers,3D motion, unconscious chain reaction, path of least resistance, Authentic movement and uniqueness of environment. I can see each week these concepts are continually emphasised, in various ways, to embed them firmly in our minds. I can see these will create the framework from which we will diagnose, prescribe exercises and tweak exercises. The Litmus test has been described in the DVD series called Chain Reaction. These tests are those points described above.
 
In the webcasts this week the focus was on the calf complex. What it does and how it works econcentrically. The joint motion was described for the transformation zones of gait. The function of the calf muscles were described at the foot, ankle, and knee levels. It was refreshing to get a true functional understanding of the calf complex. It makes sense that muscle does not work in one plane of motion or is purely a concentric or eccentric muscle contraction. 
 
The webcasts further expanded on lunge matrices. This week it was description of how Lunge matrices can be used to enhance balance. The key point is balance needs to be trained dynamically and not statically. It can also be trained in 3 planes of motion. I think clients will enjoy how balance training can be so variable. 
 
Gift is about communication and this week we expanded our sign language learning to include letters  M to R. It is empowering to learn sign language and I hope by week 40 I will be able to sign simple expressions.
 
The learning this week has taken a step up, and is testing our knowledge, to make decisions on what is happening to joint motion with different tweaks and drivers. The knowledge builds.

Get your Biomechanics assessed early to avoid injuries

There is a difference between osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists. Physiotherapists’ background is often based upon rehabilitation and, in this sense, physiotherapists learn to assess the biomechanics of the joints of the body and then how that movement is coordinated in function. For this reason you see physiotherapists associated with professional sports teams.

Understanding the biomechanics of the body helps to identify the cause of an injury or, if an injury has already occurred, how to rehabilitate a person back to sport. A trainer’s role is to strengthen the body and, in this sense, they will look at how to control movements with specific strengthening exercises. The physiotherapist can complement the trainer by looking at the finer points of joint movement and by integrating other systems of the body, such as neurophysiology, pathology, and the cardiovascular system.

When training for the first time in the gym, or looking to achieve a goal, it helps to have your biomechanics assessed to aid in avoiding injury. An experienced physiotherapist and trainer can work together to protect from potential injuries which can occur if the body already has poor biomechanics. No two people are built the same, and therefore an assessment should be very bespoke. An example of poor biomechanics would be: a person who has a restriction in the ankle joint such that when they do squats, lunges or step-ups this causes a secondary movement in the knee, hip or back – and somewhere pain will start to occur. This is a very simplistic example of how to assess biomechanics, but it illustrates the importance of identifying these problem areas.

Biomechanical issues may not be a problem in the initial stages of training, where the number of repetitions or length of training is low. However, when training distances and intensities increase, these biomechanical issues will start to cause injuries. It is advised that you do not try to work through these injuries, but rather have them assessed, to allow your training to progress smoothly and with minimal chance of injury. The synergy of a physiotherapist and trainer working together is a formidable team in helping to prevent injury –and exists in many professional sporting environments.

Personal Training Series: Coaching your way to a healthy lifestyle

Health is an area in many people’s lives which is neglected. To live a healthy life requires taking action, as with other areas of your life, to get results. There is a wealth of information from professionals and websites offering the know-how to live a healthy life. So why are we not all healthy?

I have found – as with other areas of my life – that you need coaches. Coaches not only motivate you and keep you on track; they also provide you with the most recent information about living a healthy lifestyle. A coach can put a plan in place which is easy to follow, adaptable to your lifestyle, and is measurable over time.

In today’s world, you can approach many different types of professionals to get this help, but I have found that it works best if just one person takes overriding responsibility for you achieving your results. Generally the coach who can help you is the one who lives the life they teach. In health there is a holistic approach and there is a Western medical approach, and I think a combination of the two is needed. The areas that may be included in assessment of your health are: your medical history; your lifestyle habits; your physical training habits; and your mental approach.

I am a physiotherapist and I work closely with personal trainers developing healthy lifestyles for clients. I am able to draw on the help of medical professionals, such as doctors and surgeons, and also holistic professionals, such as Pilates instructors, homeopaths and counsellors. Personal trainers have a wealth of skills which they can use with their clients including lifestyle coaching, physical training, nutrition and exercise goal setting.

This series of blogs is designed to give my perspective, as a physiotherapist and someone who lives a healthy lifestyle, on how you can avoid injury when working with a trainer. The blogs are separated into common scenarios I see as a physiotherapist in my clinic. The aim is to assess those clients we see and to learn more about injury prevention when working with a personal trainer.

In the following weeks there will be 20 blogs which will give a comprehensive outline of how you can work best with a personal trainer and a physiotherapist. Please call or contact us via email with any questions you may have about these blogs.

Starting again with nutrition and building motivation

I had planned on starting the thrive diet but work got so busy and I have found getting the food I need and having it available at the right times was a block to building momentum. I also found there was a lack of variety in my diet and to learn more recipes took time and energy.

I have done blood analysis almost 8 years ago and now I am seeing brochures of people bringing this into mainstream commercialism. I know poor nutrition, stress, and exercise will reduce cellular function in my body. The idea of attempting to stick to this thrive diet was to see how I got more energy from it and looked healthier.

I have to admit vegetarians look skinny and their skin does not always glow with vibrancy. Some I know seem to compensate the missing variety in their diet with chocolate and cheese. They seem to eat more than is healthy for them and I wonder if this is the body saying it needs more of a food group vegetarians are not giving their body’s.

When I have tried eating vegetarian in the past I have lost a lot of weight. My body has a high metabolism and working as a physiotherapist increases this throughout the day. As an Ironman my physiological testing showed high fat burning at the heart rate I sustain when I am working. Whenever I add exercise  to my work I lose even more fat and can look too thin.  No two people have the same fat burning capabilities and I have found what my body does to help shape what I will do with my nutrition.

My purpose for getting back on track with alkalising my body is to see what happens to my weight, energy levels, how I look, and building an athletic body by training in the gym. I am about to have a baby in 2 weeks and my long distance training days are over at the moment. I have decided to switch to developing a good looking body (body I am happy to have) which has energy and is sustainable. The training I will do is gym training with a small amount of cardio training to enter a team triathlon this year on the 27 May (Nuffield Triathlon).

I will endeavour to document weekly but with a baby this may vary from time to time.

I want to help people by describing what happens to me as I go through the next 30 days. This has been difficult for me to do in the past and I know a lot of my clients have the same blocks to achieving the bodies they desire. Some people have personal trainers to motivate them and keep them on track. I want to learn how to make this create this change in my life even though I work full-time and am about to become a father.

First week of Thrive in 30 days

This week has been very interesting. I have read the information provided on the Thrive in 30 day emails. I have watched my eating habits and notices several things.

1. I don’t let myself eat even when I know I should be eating. I get absorbed in my work and make a conscious decisions to work rather than eat and hydrate.

2. I do not have snacks to eat

3. Eating a salad actually kept me full for a very long time but I did have snacks to keep me going and then I ate carbohydrates late at night (pasta)

4. I can eat a lot of fruit

5. I eat large amounts of food at one time

6. I do not have enough variety or raw food in my diet

To learn from these observations the actions I must take are to have snacks to eat. Eat a big salad with protein, have smaller regular meals, drink water. Try to eat lighter at night.

To make this happen I am  prepared to go to the supermarket and have  enough time at lunch time to do so. I can make the decision to put my health over my work when I should be eating food. I can eat raw foods and drink regularly.

In my training for the Etape De Tour I also take multivitamins, antioxidants, Udos oil, mineral salts and I will be looking into Mannatech products.

When I have eater raw food I have more energy and are more alert. The problem is I begin to feel gaunt and lose weight. I need some carbohydrates in my diet and these maybe better eaten during the day. I can also crab load for long rides and alter my diet depending on my training. This is a big learning curve but one I hope to pass onto others and make it a life long change.