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- Work With the Same Therapist Every Time for Continuity and Results
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Heart Rate Variability Study (HRV)
Hayes Physical Therapy now has integrated heart rate variability (HRV) technology to achieve a baseline of a client’s physical state. This non-invasive, 5-minute procedure paints a picture of the body’s wellness and recovery capacity by gaining feedback from electrical activity of the heart. Through analysis of this critical information, physical therapists can develop individualized plans to improve health status and increase functional capacity during fitness activities. In addition to assessing wellness in the general population, HRV diagnostics has also been utilized to demonstrate positive outcomes of physical therapy interventions in patients recovering from injuries when re-scanned throughout the course of treatment.
There are several approaches to building muscle, and they all come down to one basic premise: you have to deplete a muscle of its energy and cause break down of its structural proteins so it can grow bigger as it replenishes its energy and rebuilds its structure.
There are always two parts:
- Stimulation and depletion.
- Recovery and growth.
In the first phase, depletion, people have traditionally spent hours upon hours in the gym to achieve growth. With Neufit technology, we can intensify your workouts so much that you can get 2-3 hours’ worth of work accomplished in as little as 20 minutes.
During the second phase, it is necessary to get enough raw materials in to replenish the energy (carbohydrates and fat); and structural building blocks (protein) that are necessary to grow.
You already possess tremendous speed, power, endurance, flexibility, and whatever else it is that you’re looking for in your training. The problem is that your brain is limiting you from expressing it. If you are capable of jumping 36 inches, but your brain only thinks you can safely land from 24 inches, guess how high you will jump… 24 inches. The brain’s NUMBER ONE priority is survival. Above all else, your brain wants to be sure you live to see tomorrow. That often means putting on the brakes, and limiting your performance to ensure that you don’t get injured and threaten survival.
Many generations ago, an injury meant that you’d be unable to run away from a predator and would, literally, have your survival threatened. Performance is, of course, an output. Most training systems try to change output – “push harder,” “shift your weight to that side,” “reach your arm higher in your throwing motion.” However, we know that output is dependent on inputs. If we can change the inputs, the outputs will naturally improve.
What does this actually mean? It means that strategic joint mobility drills, neurological stimulation with the NEUBIE, lots of eccentric movement with an emphasis on position, and amplifying your ability to psychologically engage can all cause outputs to improve. The net result is increased performance, and it often happens quicker than you’d think.
Triathletes and other long-distance participants are often obsessed with VO2 max. And it makes sense. VO2 max is a measure of how much energy the body can generate. Of course, that energy is used as fuel to propel the body through all that mileage.
There is another area that is often overlooked, however, and that is fuel efficiency. Ultimately, most seasoned endurance athletes cannot bring up their VO2 max levels much higher. They are already generating about as much energy as possible. Therefore, the biggest factor becomes how efficiently they are using all of that energy they’re generating. Most athletes waste a large part of their energy fighting their own internal resistance. It’s like driving while pressing both the accelerator and the brake concurrently. This means the biggest gains in performance often come from mastering neurological coordination, so that more of the body’s energy goes to forward propulsion and less to fighting against the body’s own brakes.
How do we do this? We start by first finding where those inefficiencies are. With the NEUBIE, we can identify very quickly and precisely where any deficits in coordination exist, and then we can reprogram them so that the body promptly starts to work more efficiently. After this reboot, we can continue to train the body to work more efficiently at increasingly higher levels of challenge.
The sympathetic nervous system serves as the body’s “fight or flight” system in response to perceived threats. At times, the body can become stuck in this system, limiting restorative functions. In effort to decrease the dominance of the sympathetic nervous system and promote recovery, the NEUBIE is used to perform a “Master Reset.” This procedure increases the body’s capacity to adjust between sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system recruitment and normalizes the inputs the nervous system is receiving.