Going to ‘Bootcamp’ May Treat Chronic Pain

Posted on March 18, 2008. Filed under: Fitness, health, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

A ballet teacher in the U.S. has overcome years of chronicfitness bootcamp
pain, just by going to Bootcamp. According to the lady herself she had literally tried everything; patches, vitamins, injections, prescription narcotics, and a battery operated device that uses electrical impulses to prevent pain. Nothing worked.

Surgery was her next and only (she thought) option, Gayle P was even in the surgeons waiting room when she picked up a magazine and read about a Fitness Bootcam. Two weeks into the program she and her husband met for lunch and a tour of the local museum, later that day her husband rang with an startling observation. She hadn’t once mentioned her back pain!

This observation got Gayle P thinking and true enough she wasn’t even thinking about her back or her pain, armed with new strategies and breathing techniques if and when she had a flare up Gayle is back at work and back at the barre and recovering her old life and a new one.

Dr James Cross, says that chronic pain is crippling nations and that often the simplest solutions are the best, getting in shape forces the body to increase its core strength and so the muscles begin to support the spine and encourage new life to ligaments and joints. Rewiring the brain to ignore the pain through movement and breathing also allows what is essentially a short circuit in the brain chemistry to begin to come back to normal values. Dr Cross stated that, “…if acute pain is the bodies alarm system, alerting the body to injury causing dangers, then chronic pain is an alarm going haywire, screaming a warning long after the danger has passed.”

So for those who would like to know more about Bootcamps at Wamuran, please see our program director, Andrea for more details on when the next Bootcamp will be held.

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Whole Body Vibration Machines Are More Than Just A Whole Lot of Fun!

Posted on March 7, 2008. Filed under: Fitness, health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Yes you heard it here first, Whole Body Vibration Machines are the new wave of the future in fitness, health, rejuvenation and repair of the body and pain relief. What more could you ask from a fitness machine?

The latest in the world wide medical research is conclusive and it suggests that people with debilitating conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and stroke victims can yield the benefits ofVibration Platform exercise while working within their personal limitations and minimising stress on the joints and ligaments.

Research suggests Vibration Technology may even increase the production of regenerative and repair hormones, improve blood circulation, strengthen bone tissue, improve lymph drainage and increase basal metabolic rate. Oscillating platforms may also support skeletal realignment and reduce pain for  many and the testimonials  to prove it are pouring in.

Weight bearing vibrational technology was originally developed by Russian space scientists and was used exclusively by Russia to combat the effects of micro-gravity on cosmonauts and to enhance the performance of the Russian Ballet and Olympic competitors.

Whole body vibration is not a new concept; exercise scientists have been studying the effects of intense vibrations for four decades. The technology is based on Rhythmic Neuromuscular Stimulation which is described as ‘cyclical vibrations capable of improving the condition of the joints relatively quickly’.

Originally developed by Russian scientist Vladimir Nazarov, whole vibration training was used to prevent astronauts’ muscles and bones decreasing in density when they were in space; the weightless atmosphere had predisposed astronauts to osteoporosis, but scientists found that standing on a vibrating platform stimulated muscle and bone development.

Later, it was discovered that Russian ballet dancers could hasten the healing process of their injuries as circulation to the affected area improved from the use of the intense vibration.

The latest development is that vibration platforms are now available that are suitable for the home user. From professional athletes looking for the extra edge, to senior citizens seeking a better quality of life, the vibration platform is a revolutionary machine designed for anyone to use, seemingly regardless of physical or neurological condition.

Vibration machines can benefit a wide range of people are used today for

  • athletic enhancement of sports performance
  • muscle rehabilitation
  • as part of a health, fitness and beauty routine
  • as part of a weight loss program

Vibration training is used to substantially improve muscle strength and performance, flexibility and range of motion, enhance critical blood flow throughout the body and to expedite the recovery and regeneration of damaged tissue. The vibration platform’s unique and unparalleled system of training allows body development according to the desired level of fitness and/or health & wellbeing.

With a vibration platform, you can expect to enhance your existing training program and bring relief to some medical conditions.

Benefits attributed to Vibration technology include…

  • improved muscle strength and performance
  • increased stamina
  • increased flexibility, mobility and coordination
  • reduced aches & pains
  • enhanced critical blood flow throughout the body
  • increased bone density
  • enhanced ‘explosive strength’
  • accelerated weight loss
  • improved collagen production and skin tone
  • reduced appearance of cellulite
  • decreased cortisol levels
  • increased production of ‘happiness hormones’ – serotonin and neurothrophine
  • improved recovery from injury

New technology to help treat osteoporosis, a bone condition that now affects over 2 million Australians, has been launched in Sydney. The science is also being backed by NASA to help astronauts combat the effects of micro-gravity after long-term space travel.

Returning to earth from space has its side-effects. One of them is the loss of bone density, something that astronauts share with osteoporosis sufferers, say health experts.

PROFESSOR CLINT RUBIN: One of the most devastating complications of long-term space flight is bone loss. So we think of a post-menopausal woman as losing 2-3% of their bone per year, astronauts are losing 2% of their bone per month. That’s why Clint Rubin has helped create a machine that’s trying to treat the crippling condition. It looks like a set of weighing scales but this platform is softly vibrating and helping improve muscular-skeleton health. The basic way the platform works is that it vibrates up and down, the movement no bigger than the width of a human hair. The muscular stimulation puts tiny stresses on your bones and your bones respond by growing stronger. The technology also aims to inhibit cells that attack the bone. Health experts warn that osteoporosis, if not properly treated, can have a deadly cascade effect.

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