CAN YOU TOUCH YOUR TOES?
From childhood to adulthood our bodies change drastically. As a kid we are, for the most part, able to fall from that “dangerous tall tree,” bounce right off that trampoline landing however the good Lord allows us to land. We fell just as easily from our bikes, got tripped up as we were being chased or even seriously strained a muscle when we took that big hit in football or other contact sport only to bounce back the next day. As an adult we ask ourselves, “How is that possible?” The unfortunate answer is, “We have become stiff, lazy and overweight as adults. A combination of becoming less active, eating too many calories, stretching never, sitting at you computer eating and drinking sugar, sleeping too much and focusing on the wrong workouts all contribute to muscuoskeletal problems. What are those problems? Chronic back pain, MS, Sciatica, muscle atrophy, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, osteoporosis, osteopenia, diabetes, sarcopenia and so many more. Guess what? All of those common diseases are preventable!
So, what happened to us? Why are we so weak? General pain complaints account for approximately 50% of all doctors visits in U.S.A. annually. In the U.S., pain complaints as common as back pain, fibromyalgia, MS and other neuromuscular and musculoskeletal complaints account for roughly 60% of all doctor related visits of that 50%. Common treatments for acute to chronic pain include narcotics, steroid, simulators and NSAID’s. If those treatments are not effective then the next step is a surgical procedure. If those procedures do not take care of the chronic pain then most medical professionals simply stop taking you seriously.
Western Medicine Has Spoiled Recovery
Working as a paramedic both on the ambulance and in the emergency room has brought awareness to the urgency of non-procedural and non-narcotic alternatives to musculoskeletal pain.Last week a patient we transported told me that a botched steroid injection in spinal column (similar to an epidural) of the low back caused her to be partially paralyzed from the waist down because she was allergic to the treatment cocktail. Her husband had to assist in picking her up to place her on the stretcher so we could transport her to an MRI appointment to determine the the extent at which her nerves of the CNS had been compromised. Could a daily foam rolling and stretching routine prevented this from happening? Approximately 100 million adults in the U.S. suffer from pain costing the system 600 billion dollars annually.
Western Medical practices have shamed and disregarded those that mention alternative therapies like CBD, acupuncture, chiropractic spinal adjustments, other natural pain and inflammation remedies similar to cannabis. Ironically, Western Medicine is actually considered the “alternative medicine” when compared to Chinese, Hindu and African methods. As a 10 year veteran paramedic I can honestly admit the the opioid addiction crisis is real. Western Medical treatments that historically have managed these chronic conditions are quickly becoming obsolete. Similarly, how has your experiences been interacting with medical professionals as it relates to managing your acute or chronic inflammatory conditions? Simply stated, Western Medical practices are all running out of tricks to manage your musculoskeletal related inflammation and generalized pain.*
It is time to return to the inner child that was fearless, resilient and healthier! The best way to start is to take up a program that can improve your muscle health. Stretch Therapy is a great way to start. stretch Therapy methods are simple yet powerful at healing muscle. Stretch therapy combines the most effective functional programs like yoga, pilates, Qi-Gong, Reflexology, meditation and simple static/dynamic stretching. The difference is, Stretch Therapy has integrated the highest quality foam rollers, stretch straps, foot rollers, posture supporters and stretch bars in order to dig deep into convoluted muscle to restore functionality.
Trust The Old Ancient Ways For Injury Recovery
If you are a bit overwhelmed, just start with foam rolling. As you approach a foam rolling routine or stretching program combining additional rollers with added stretch will improve your overall experience outcome. The added benefit of using two rollers allows for more of a streamlined rolling feel without the unanticipated friction of the ground. While it may appear to be difficult or appear to be an advanced level style method, even a beginner can enjoy the benefits of utilizing more than one roller or added stretching equipment throughout a foam rolling routine. Additionally, you will improve your proprioceptive awareness or balance performing parallel foam roller approach.
What are the benefits?
- Isolate the targeted muscle or muscle group.
- Changing the angle changes the overall feel and depth of your targeted layers of that muscle group.
- It feels smoother and your experience feels less impacted by friction or ground related elements that take away from the self-massage.
- You will loosen up the targeted area faster with two rollers.
- Take pressure off of unnecessary or non-targeted joints so you can achieve a true relaxation of the targeted area.
- Extreme endorphin release
- Transitioning is easier from one position to another. ie. if you want to add in a stretch, you are better able to adjust the angle of your positioning to achieve a deeper more effective stretch.
- It simply feels more natural to utilize the two roller approach.
What Is Stretch Therapy?
Stretch Therapy is a class born out of Dallas, Tx. We teach simple & complex stretch methods. These methods benefit all clients that have sustained an injury, chronic musculoskeletal stiffness or obscure muscle & joint discomfort. At the endof a 55-min session we compare a before picture to the after-session photo. We examine the photos and send them to you so you have an idea of where your postural problem areas are. Performing before and after pictures is one of the many reasons people come back to this class because they crave the results. All clients experience fast results because of both our methods and our unique foam rolling equipment. We give clients the tools and the methods to fight pain or discomfort at home associated with chronic back pain, sciatica, scoliosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis, sarcopenia, postural associated pain, chronic leg pain, pain associated with acute injury, inflexibility, general stiffness, general joint pain and many other musculoskeletal problem areas.
Who Teaches Stretch Therapy?
Hello, my name is Mark Harman, I am 35 year old Dallas, Texas Born Paramedic/Trainer.I am a paramedic and Stretch Therapy Trainer. I graduated from UTD with a B.S. in Biology with a minor focus in Exercise Science & Metabolism. I love reading, cooking and of course exercise. I enjoy all types of music whether it is jazz, classical, EDM, Rock, some R&B and even country. After graduating college, I was planning on becoming a Physician’s Assistant or Doctor but my goals changed. Over the past two years I have fallen in love with helping others through the Atlas Foam Roller & Stretch Therapy methods.
You can shop online for a foam roller, check out our classes if you are in the Dallas area, learn from our proven methods or contact me directly through email ([email protected]) or phone (972-804-4310). Group sessions are every Sunday at 4:30 pm at Diesel Fitness [th_address] , or schedule a private session. We do start early at 5:00 am if you are an early riser!