Retraining Your Nervous System
Your nervous system controls your whole body, interpreting sensory information and providing critical instructions for bodily performance, including heart, lung and muscle function. However, the output quality is directly determined by the input quality, so your range of motion, coordination, strength and agility may be inhibited if your nerves are working inefficiently. The good news is that the nervous system is the stablest system of the body, so it’s never too late for it to learn better movement patterns for more effective performance. The Z Health method can help you improve your body’s movement through space, no matter your age!
Z Health is a movement training system to retrain your nerves, helping you learn better patterns of movement for more responsive performance throughout your entire body. The dynamic joint mobility drills and exercises specifically target the parts of the body with a high concentration of nerve endings; this way, you’re giving your nervous system direct feedback about safe, effective movement. Adjusting the nervous system is the fastest way to achieve your body’s fullest potential. Not only can it increase your strength, mobility and agility, but it will improve your mindset and put you on a path of recovery, pain relief and injury prevention.
Sensory Integration Training
What makes Z Health a unique training approach to mobility is its focus on neural input and output. Each exercise directly targets a specific area of sensory input. Your body learns the most efficient way to take in information, known as sensory integration training, which integrates your main input systems: your eyes, your inner ears’ balance and spatial orientation, and your brain’s 3D body map in space. With a fully integrated input system, your nervous system can communicate more effectively to your joints, ligaments and muscles so you can enjoy fuller range of motion and agility for your body’s peak athletic ability.
Balance & Stability
Effective athletic movement requires the body to move in various directions at once while remaining in control. Imagine a basketball player adjusting her body midair to account for a defender. By smoothly coordinating body movement, she will retain balance and be poised to fire off an accurate and precise shot.
This full control of bodily movement is due to balance and stability. They are two closely related concepts often used interchangeably, but they are not the same. Balance is the maintenance of your body’s center of gravity over its base of support, while stability is the ability to return to equilibrium following a change in your body’s speed or direction. They both work together seamlessly to give athletes full bodily control, but there are exercises to address the abilities separately, since one may not be as strong as the other.
The Foundation of Fitness Routines
An exercise regimen that incorporates both balance and stability training helps you become more efficient in your body’s athletic movement, giving you finer control, precision and accuracy in every activity. This is because balance and stability exercises activate and strengthen your core muscles. Training such as balancing on one leg or on top of a BOSU ball, or even running and jumping, allow you to build up core strength and move more effectively and efficiently—and can be done almost anywhere!. All of this leads to improvement in coordination and a decline in injury risk, so it’s important to include these exercises into your fitness routine.
Balance and stability training is also instrumental in rehabilitating the body after an injury. When the body sustains an injury, the abilities to remain balanced and stable are impaired. A lack of strength, as well as inhibited mobility and agility, will increase the risk of imbalance and instability, which is often seen in awkward, limited movement in those who are injured.
Specific exercises will retrain your body to correctly calculate your center of gravity and return to balance more easily. Muscles throughout your legs, pelvis and spine will gain strength so you can transition more gracefully, lowering the risk for wobbling or losing balance. So whether you’re recovering from injury, teaching your body better patterns of movement, or training like a world-class athlete, including balance and stability training into your routine will put you onto the path toward more graceful, more efficient movement.
Imagine the possibilities for your health and quality of life if you could:
- Reduce your physical pain and stress
- Have more energy
- Sleep better
- Complete your work day without spending the evening resting and recovering
- Enjoy favorite activities with loved ones and friends, whether that’s taking a walk around the neighborhood or lowering your score on a round of golf
- Increase your physical activity so you could lose excess weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases, and have more quality time with your family and friends
What is Movement and Gait Therapy?
Gait and movement therapy combine several disciplines of physical medicine to help improve your mobility, flexibility and overall activity level. Designed to be easily customized for everyone from high level athletes to children with neurological disorders, movement therapy seeks to help retrain your body to move easier and reduce strain on your muscles and joints. Gait therapy has long been a cornerstone in injury and post-surgery rehabilitation, as people relearn how to walk and move after suffering a period of immobility. But now, studies have show that even perfectly healthy bodies are walking, running and moving inefficiently, creating more stress and strain on the body than is necessary. By correcting these issues in movement, and helping reorient the body to healthy, more natural movements, you can reduce the impact of movement, and channel more energy and strength into every activity.
Who is Movement and Gait Therapy Right for?
Maybe you’ve tried lots of things and worked with plenty of people, but you just haven’t gotten where you want to be. Maybe you don’t like the options some people are laying out for you. Maybe you wonder if there are things you could learn that could improve your health and avoid or reduce medical interventions.
Maybe you don’t want to be one of the 1.4 million people in the US each year that has surgery to replace worn out knees and hips, or repair damaged backs. Maybe you’re scared you’ll have to give up the activities you love to do—or maybe you already have and you’re afraid you’ll never get back in action.
What if you learned more about yourself and learned to improve your movement? That starts with increasing your awareness of what you’re really doing.
The movement and gait specialists at Toledo’s 3D Wellness will work with patients of any age, physical impairment or condition to help improve your mobility, flexibility and reduce strain on your joints and muscles. We’ve helped everyone from professional athletes to immobile elderly individuals begin to move better and stronger, with fewer physical limitations.
It’s one of the most popular workout and exercise programs in the world today, with over 36 million practitioners in the US alone. Originating in ancient India, this mind and body practice comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “to unite.” There are a number of styles, each with its own set of postures and breathing techniques, which are often done in conjunction with meditation and other forms of relaxation.
Though it began as a spiritual discipline, yoga has become known worldwide for its physical and mental benefits. Researchers and scientists have noted a correlation between yoga practice and overall wellbeing, including:
- Lower back pain relief
- Decreased stress
- Increased strength and flexibility
- Improved stamina and balance
- More effective body alignment
Some other surprising benefits include increased bodily awareness, higher quality sleep hygiene, boosts in self-confidence and general relaxation.
If you decide to practice at home, you’ll have to provide your own equipment, such as a towel, yoga mat or yoga props. If you attend a class at a yoga studio, they may provide equipment, but membership will cost you money. Sometimes a gym membership (if you have one) includes yoga instruction for free, but it’s often helpful for beginners to have an instructor to guide them through the techniques and poses for maximum effectiveness. No matter how you choose to practice yoga, it’s a great way to improve physical and mental wellness!
For more information about any of our movement therapies, or to book an appointment with any of our treatment providers, contact 3D Wellness today at 419-367-1417.