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16.05.2017
Category: 2014
Written by: Nick Jack
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When planning to start the long process and break up the progressive stages of a knee rehabilitation program, an understanding of what can influence movements from a mobility and stability perspective is critical. Many of the best exercises to develop strength into weak areas are not necessarily the best option in the early stages as the body compensates and adapts to the pain and injury. Using various tools and drills to "retrain" the brain and nervous system is very important in being able to restore the functional movements of squats, lunges, jumping, running etc. The quadriceps are a real problem in the beginning as they may have contributed greatly to creating the injury in the first place, but now they will be excessively tight but also very weak. This makes it very difficult to strengthen without creating more pain, and also more dysfunction. In this article I am going to explain the role of using the Decline Board Squat, progressing to heel plate squats, to eventually floor based squats with the objective being to improve the overall strength of quads while maintaining muscle balance and optimal movement pattern of squatting.

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26.04.2017
Category: 2014
Written by: Nick Jack
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I have seen some amazing results in my 12 years as a rehab specialist and the past 18 months have been the most dramatic as we had been working with many clients to learn how to walk again using various old and new methods. One of the new methods was using a piece of equipment called a Sensa Mat. Something that seemed so simple, yet so effective. In the past few months I have experimented on myself with this, and much to my amazement it has changed my body significantly in terms of stability and strength! I admit I completely underestimated the power of some of these exercises we were using and how activating small muscles within the feet can make such a big effect up the chain. (If you have never read our success stories before make sure you check this out by clicking here). We originally introduced this type of training while trying to find a way to help people who had suffered a severe injury like a spinal cord injury, or a disease such as a stroke that completely disabled their brain and nervous system function, to be able to walk. Something we all take for granted, but if you lose it, trust me it can make life very difficult. Using simple muscle based exercises is a complete waste of time for it is not a muscle problem but a brain problem. We had to use methods to activate the brain and nervous system. And this was one big discovery for us that has changed how we train everyone.

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17.04.2017
Category: 2014
Written by: Nick Jack
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Knee injuries are so common, and not just for sportspeople, this type of injury and pain is prevalent among young, old, active and inactive people. The most successful treatments are the ones that address the cause of the pain and problem and go about strengthening and stabilizing the joints, muscles and improving overall coordination and movement skill. Knee braces can be very useful if used in conjunction with exercises and movements used to correct the weakness or dysfunction. However they are relatively useless in helping your knee pain go away, without using a corrective exercise program. The same is true for anti inflammatory medication and even surgery! All of these common forms of treating your pain are not really dealing with the cause of the problem, they are merely just treating the symptoms. This article we will look at exactly what braces and sleeves are, how best to use them, and also what you need to do to get rid of your pain for good so you don't need to wear a sleeve anymore.

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