ZHealth Performance

ZHealth Performance ZHealth is a cutting-edge neuro-exercise system that helps people improve their health, alleviate their pain, and maximize their athletic performance.

Z-Health is two things:
1. A Training System
2. An Educational Company

First and foremost, Z-health is a complete training system that puts you back in control of your own performance. By using the nervous system to rapidly "debug" your movement patterns, you can create lightning-fast improvements in performance. (Plus pain relief, injury prevention, and mindset.) As an educational company, the g

oal of Z-Health Performance is to help create professionals in the top 1% of their respective fields. We do this by providing life-long world-class education, coaching, and instruction - providing individuals the framework and tools they need to optimize their health and performance.

🔊 Did you know? For every 10-15 decibels of hearing loss, there's a 1.2-1.6x increase in fall risk!🚨📑 Recent studies hav...
07/19/2024

🔊 Did you know? For every 10-15 decibels of hearing loss, there's a 1.2-1.6x increase in fall risk!🚨

📑 Recent studies have demonstrated a significant correlation between hearing loss and an increased risk of falls. Specifically, for every 10-15 decibels of hearing loss, the risk of falling increases by 1.2 to 1.6 times.

🧠 This underscores the critical importance of addressing ALL sensory impairments as part of a comprehensive approach to preventing falls for your clients.

👍🏽 Thankfully, there are numerous online hearing tests that have been validated as basic assessments and we highly recommend that you ask your clients to make use of them.

🧐 And, don't assume that this only applies to your older clients. Many younger individuals suffer from hearing loss as well due to occupational exposure or other issues.

👉🏽 We generally make this a requisite test for all of our clients and suggest that you do the same!

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💥 Simple Protocol to Lower Blood Pressure with ISOMETRICS💥🤓 Did you know that isometric exercises can significantly help...
07/17/2024

💥 Simple Protocol to Lower Blood Pressure with ISOMETRICS💥

🤓 Did you know that isometric exercises can significantly help in lowering blood pressure? We've been talking about this for over a decade, and thankfully the concept is finally gaining more widespread acceptance.

👍🏽 It's a tremendously valuable tool for all movement coaches to keep in mind and relatively easy to perform for most clients.

🧠 While individual results vary, most studies have shown that regular isometric training can reduce systolic blood pressure by an average of 10.4 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure by 6.6 mmHg which is comparable to many medications.

📄 The protocol we most often use is the one shown in the post:

ℹ️ Choose one isometric exercise (wall squat, handgrip, etc)

4x/Week
One repetition of 2 minutes
Intensity should be only 30-35% of maximum strength (And, some studies indicate that 10-15% is likely sufficient)

❓Are you already using this protocol with your clients? Let us know!

07/17/2024

In this video, we explore the findings from a fantastic 2023 research article (An evidence-based guide to the efficacy and safety of isometric resistance training in hypertension and clinical implications https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10015931/ ) which made a clear case that just 24 minutes per WEEK of isometric exercises can significantly reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

By following either of the two simple protocols in the video, research indicates that you can lower your blood pressure by an average of 7 mmHg, which correlates to a 13% reduction in heart attacks and a 22% reduction in strokes.

If you’re aiming to improve your cardiovascular health or need ways to support what your and your doctor are achieving with medical management, this method is efficient, safe, and highly effective.

Finally, if you want to read a few key points from the research here's a brief excerpt from the 2023 article referenced above:

"In the last two decades more than 30 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) [1–16], supported by individual patient-level [17] and group-level meta-analyses [18–26], have unequivocally demonstrated that isometric resistance training (IRT) elicits antihypertensive benefits in people who are healthy [8, 9, 14, 15] and those who exhibit prehypertension [2, 10], hypertension [1, 11, 13, 16], peripheral artery disease [4], coronary heart disease [3] and heart failure [5]. Current guidelines suggest the gold standard exercise prescription for managing hypertension is aerobic exercise [27] with emphasis more recently attributed to IRT [28, 29]. While recognizing current guidelines, Cornelissen and Smart [30] first demonstrated, using a pooled data analysis, that reductions in systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP), and mean arterial pressure (MAP), following a 4 to 8 weeks program of IRT, are greater than those observed with an aerobic exercise training (AET) or dynamic resistance training (DRT) program of similar duration [30]."

- Baffour-Awuah, Pearson, Dieberg, Wiles, and Smart

🧠 If You Want To Protect The Brain - Learn How To FALL SAFELY 🧠☝🏽Falls - they happen to all of us. As we discuss at leng...
07/15/2024

🧠 If You Want To Protect The Brain - Learn How To FALL SAFELY 🧠

☝🏽Falls - they happen to all of us. As we discuss at length in our Fall Prevention and Fall Preparation course, falling is pretty much a certainty because:

🌍 Gravity always wins and the earth never misses.

🤓 As movement professionals focused so intently on blending biomechanics with neuroscience, we obviously have a huge interest in keeping the brain as safe as possible.

📑 And, the research is quite clear that falls are the LEADING CAUSE of traumatic brain injury and concussions worldwide.

👉🏽 For us this means that one key skillset that belongs in every coach's toolbox is a thorough understanding of how to build both fall prevention and fall preparation into their clients' programming.

❓Is this something you do with your clients? Let us know! 👇🏽

💥 PS: Learn more about our NEW Fall Prevention Class here: https://zhealtheducation.com/brain-based-fall-prevention/

💪🏽  Isometrics: Superior for Pain Relief 💪🏽🤓 At Z-Health we prioritize evidence-informed approaches to EVERYTHING we do ...
07/12/2024

💪🏽 Isometrics: Superior for Pain Relief 💪🏽

🤓 At Z-Health we prioritize evidence-informed approaches to EVERYTHING we do which makes today's post vital.

☝🏽Here's the quick idea: when it comes to pain management, isometric exercises stand out as particularly effective when compared to cardio and other forms of strength training.

📑 Research consistently supports the efficacy of isometrics in managing pain more effectively than other forms of exercise.

👀 If you want to check out some research, here's a great study from 2021 - (Wu, Bao & Zhou, Lili & Chen, Changcheng & Wang, Juan & Hu, Li & Wang, Xue-Qiang. (2021). Effects of Exercise-induced Hypoalgesia and Its Neural Mechanisms. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Publish Ahead of Print. 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002781.)

🧠 It's a particularly interesting study because it shows that isometrics can decrease pain both locally and systemically in some cases.

🔥 Even better, isometric exercises are among the safest versions of strength training available, as well, so they are a fantastic alternative for individuals with joint pain or limited mobility.

🛑 IMPORTANT NOTE! Exercise responses are NOT the same between people with acute pain and those with chronic pain. This is a huge topic that is too extensive to address here, but always keep in mind that you have to test the response of every client - especially if you work in a chronic pain environment.

❓Do you regularly use isometric work with clients for pain? Let us know!

🦶Want Stronger Feet? 🦶 👟 We've been huge advocates of minimalist shoes for over 20 years - long before it became a popul...
07/10/2024

🦶Want Stronger Feet? 🦶

👟 We've been huge advocates of minimalist shoes for over 20 years - long before it became a popular idea. Why?

🤓 As a young doc who was obsessed with biomechanics I made hundreds of pairs of custom orthotics for my patients. However, over time, it became apparent that the results were often less desirable than I hoped.

👉🏽 While there was typically an immediate change in their complaints, they would often return, OR something else would crop up further along the chain.

💥 Over time, I personally transitioned out of orthotics and subsequently worked with many patients and athletes to do the same. The end results were generally so positive that it changed my thinking significantly about shoes and orthotics.

⛔️ To be clear, there are ABSOLUTELY times when both shoe and orthotic support can be hugely useful. Much like a knee brace after an acute injury, they can provide much needed support and help interrupt a pain cycle.

✨ With that said, IF people are willing to go through the necessary transitional steps to move toward minimalist footwear, the benefits can be extraordinary.

📑 In fact, a study from 3 years ago demonstrated that 6 months of wearing minimalist shoes can increase foot strength by an average of 57.4%. This has huge ramifications on balance, performance, and fall prevention!

👀 If you want to look this up yourself, here's the study: Curtis R, Willems C, Paoletti P, D'Août K. Daily activity in minimal footwear increases foot strength. Sci Rep. 2021 Sep 20;11(1):18648. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-98070-0. PMID: 34545114; PMCID: PMC8452613.

❓What is your experience with minimalist footwear? Let us know in the comments 👇🏽

🦶Is Your Toe Strength an Indicator of Your Age?🦶📑 Numerous studies over the years have looked for easy-to-perform tests ...
07/08/2024

🦶Is Your Toe Strength an Indicator of Your Age?🦶

📑 Numerous studies over the years have looked for easy-to-perform tests that can indicate general levels of health in an aging population.

👊🏽 One of the most common tests that has been used for years is handgrip strength. There are a lot of papers that explore handgrip strength and the general decrease that is often seen in aging.

🧐 However, is it the best measure available? Recent research says that there may be something better: toe strength.

📑 This paper (Miura S, Seko T, Himuro N, Koyama M, Saitoh S, Ohnishi H. Toe Grip strength declines earlier than hand grip strength and knee extension strength in community-dwelling older men: a cross sectional study. J Foot Ankle Res. 2022 Oct 25;15(1):79. doi: 10.1186/s13047-022-00584-x. Erratum in: J Foot Ankle Res. 2022 Nov 8;15(1):81. doi: 10.1186/s13047-022-00587-8. PMID: 36280859; PMCID: PMC9594870.) published in 2022, came to an interesting conclusion:

🤓 Toe grip strength declines earlier than both handgrip and knee extensor strength at a rate of roughly 8% per decade. So, by the time most adults (who do not specifically work at maintaining toe strength) reach their 60's their feet are 30% weaker than when in their 20's.

👉🏽 While this may not sound like a big deal, when you look into fall risks and the subsequent injuries associated with falling, weak toe flexors can be a VERY BIG DEAL.

🦶If you're a movement professional, make sure that you are both testing and training the feet for all of your clients. It can make a huge difference in so many arenas AND potentially help prevent severe injuries from falls as they age.

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👀 When you want to improve gait, don't forget the eyes! 👀 🧠 As brain-based movement pros, we understand that improving g...
07/05/2024

👀 When you want to improve gait, don't forget the eyes! 👀

🧠 As brain-based movement pros, we understand that improving gait isn't just about strengthening muscles or enhancing joint mobility—it's also about optimizing how your brain integrates sensory information.

🤓 Did you know that locomotion and eye movements share many common brain areas?

👉🏽 The mesencephalic locomotor region (MLR) plays a crucial role in this integration. Research indicates that the MLR, a part of the brainstem, is vital for initiating and regulating both gait and eye movements.

🚶🏻‍♂️ This region ensures smooth coordination between walking and visual tracking, making it essential for overall movement efficiency.

📑 A study published in the Journal of Movement Disorders (Srivastava et al, 2018 https://www.e-jmd.org/journal/view.php?doi=10.14802/jmd.18018) highlighted the importance of the MLR in modulating both locomotion and eye movements.

🔬 The researchers found that stimulating the MLR improved gait patterns and stabilized eye movements, demonstrating the interconnectedness of these functions.

👀 So, when you're working on improving gait, remember to consider the eyes. Exercises that enhance visual tracking and eye movement coordination can significantly impact your walking patterns.

🩷 This is what we love - neurology that allows us to train smarter, not just harder.

❓Do you incorporate vision training in your sessions or with your clients? Let us know 👇🏽

💥Want Better Balance? Mobilize the Ankles!💥🤓 While balance is a very dynamic process that involves virtually all body sy...
07/03/2024

💥Want Better Balance? Mobilize the Ankles!💥

🤓 While balance is a very dynamic process that involves virtually all body systems, what can never be overlooked is the vital importance of the ankle.

🧍🏻‍♂️ As humans beings, we use 4 primary strategies to maintain balance:

1️⃣ Ankle Strategy
2️⃣ Hip Strategy
3️⃣ Step Strategy
4️⃣ Fall Arrest Strategy

🦶 Generally speaking, we use the ankle strategy over 95% of the time which requires healthy, mobile, strong, and coordinated ankles.

💭 With this in mind, numerous studies have shown that both passive (by a therapist) and active ankle mobilizations can have a profound impact on balance.

🧠 If you have clients who struggle with any type of balance challenges, make sure to spend more time on the ankles and test to see how much improvement this brings.

🔥 PS: If you are interested in learning more about Fall Prevention strategies and tips please make sure to check out our brand new course on this topic: https://zhealtheducation.com/brain-based-fall-prevention/

❓Questions?! Drop them in the comments 👇🏽

07/03/2024

Have you ever wondered why maintaining your balance seems to get harder as you age?

Today, we talk about an often-overlooked but incredibly important topic: building better big toe flexor strength. If you’ve been following our series on fall prevention, you know how critical this is.

This video is an important follow-up to one of our articles that we highly suggest you read to put these exercises into context. You can find it here: https://zhealtheducation.com/blog/prevent-falls-by-building-a-stronger-big-toe-3-amazing-exercises/

The critical idea we're discussing, based on a lot of research, is that weak big toe muscles can seriously impact your balance, stability, and overall safety as you move through the world.

In this video, we explain the reasons why we lose toe flexor strength as we age and how we can reverse this trend with some simple yet powerful exercises.

Most importantly, we're going to show you how to practically apply recent neuroscience findings to two types of isometric exercises designed to wake up your toe muscles, enhance neural drive, and build strength and endurance.

No matter your age, these approaches can help you regain strength and improve your foot health and balance. We hope you find them very helpful!

If you are a movement professional interested in blending modern pain and performance neuroscience into your work, check out our free mini-course and e-book to get started: https://zhealtheducation.com/free-course/

💥 Harness the Power of Ballistic Isometric Exercises for Explosiveness! 💥🤓 As brain-based educators, we are always tryin...
07/02/2024

💥 Harness the Power of Ballistic Isometric Exercises for Explosiveness! 💥

🤓 As brain-based educators, we are always trying to share practical, yet advanced, training approaches that can maximize results.

💪🏽 One method that we use EXTENSIVELY with a huge range of clients is ballistic isometric exercise: a powerful tool for safely developing explosive strength.

🧠 Ballistic isometrics involve rapid, forceful contractions without changing the muscle length. This allows athletes to generate maximum force in minimum time in a controlled and safe environment.

👉🏽 This type of training enhances neuromuscular coordination and increases the rate of force development, which is crucial for explosive movements.

📑 Numerous studies have shown that ballistic isometrics can drive large increases in both peak force and rate of force development in people of ALL AGES.

✨ And, this is where ballistic isometrics truly shine. Many people, especially with increasing age coupled with a sedentary lifestyle, not only lose strength, but also the ability to generate power. And, when you look into injury statistics, fall rates, and a loss of ability to perform normal activities, you usually find that it is the loss of power that is the biggest problem.

🩷 This is why we love this approach!

👍🏽 Ballistic isometric exercises minimize the risk of injury compared to traditional plyometric exercises, as the absence of joint movement reduces mechanical stress on the tissues.

⛔️ Incorporating ballistic isometric exercises into your client programming can pay HUGE dividends, and it's actually a lot of fun as well.

❓Do you already use these with your clients? Let us know in the comments 👇🏽

Last weekend we taught our newest course, Defying Gravity: Brain-Based Fall Prevention and Fall Preparation, to over 250...
06/26/2024

Last weekend we taught our newest course, Defying Gravity: Brain-Based Fall Prevention and Fall Preparation, to over 250 amazing Z-Health professionals. It was a blast!

One key idea we discussed during the course was how vital it is to strengthen the big toe to help both fall prevention and overall movement performance. Unfortunately, few people are aware of the need for big toe strength, and even fewer have a good grasp on exercise progressions that work well. We want to fix that in today’s blog.

Why Strengthen the Big Toe?

- Recent research highlights the importance of the big toe in maintaining balance, stability, and efficient force transfer during movement.
- The big toe plays a crucial role in balance and propulsion during walking and other activities.
- The flexor hallucis longus, the primary muscle responsible for big toe movement, is essential for maintaining the medial longitudinal arch (MLA) and ensuring proper force distribution across the foot.
- Weakness in the flexor hallucis longus muscle can lead to instability, inefficient force transfer, and an increased risk of falls.
- In research settings, older adults with stronger big toe flexor muscles demonstrate better balance and are less likely to fall compared to those with weaker muscles

Ready to learn how to strengthen it? Read more here: https://zhealtheducation.com/blog/prevent-falls-by-building-a-stronger-big-toe-3-amazing-exercises/

06/19/2024

Discover how brain training can play a crucial role in preventing falls! In this video, I'll walk you through some unique and critical tests, like the Stroop test and anti-saccades, that reveal how your brain's ability to inhibit reflexive actions can significantly impact your fall risk.

These tests, which are often overlooked, are essential for identifying and enhancing the brain functions that keep you steady, especially as you age. You'll see how simple exercises can help your brain react better to potential hazards, making sure you stay on your feet.

We'll also talk about how combining aerobic exercise, strength training, and executive function drills can take your fall prevention efforts to the next level.

Another key point I'll cover is the importance of learning to let go of objects reflexively—a skill that's crucial for preventing injuries during falls.

Whether you're a movement professional or just looking to improve your own fall prevention strategies, this video offers valuable insights and practical exercises you can easily integrate into your routine.

🔥 BALANCE TRAINING Is Harder Than Just Standing On One Foot 🔥🧠 While most movement professionals know this, balance is o...
06/14/2024

🔥 BALANCE TRAINING Is Harder Than Just Standing On One Foot 🔥

🧠 While most movement professionals know this, balance is often over-simplified in our thinking. It's usually associated with how well we can stand on one leg, or walk along a curb or balance beam.

🤓 However, it's very clear from research that there are 4 categories of balance:

1️⃣ Static Steady-State - Maintaining a steady position while sitting or standing
2️⃣ Dynamic Steady-State - Maintaining a steady position while walking, running or moving
3️⃣ Proactive - Anticipation of a predicted postural disturbance
4️⃣ Reactive - Compensation for an unpredicted postural disturbance

💥Why does this matter?

🧠 Training one category of balance HAD LITTLE CARRYOVER to the other categories. In other words, practicing a single leg stance pose will not make you better at keeping your balance when someone bumps into you as you are walking up the stairs.

☝🏽If you are a movement professional make sure to include all forms of balance training in your work with clients.

🧠 Let us know your thoughts in the comments and please SHARE with your family and friends!

🔥CAN YOU PASS THE TEST?🔥🤓 Here's a quick test you can do today looking at one simple aspect of what is known as steady-s...
06/12/2024

🔥CAN YOU PASS THE TEST?🔥

🤓 Here's a quick test you can do today looking at one simple aspect of what is known as steady-state balance.

⏰ Using a stopwatch time how long you can stand on one leg following these rules:

1️⃣ Eyes Open
2️⃣ Other leg is not allowed to touch the stance leg
3️⃣ Arms can assist in maintaining balance
4️⃣ You get 3 attempts
5️⃣ Pay CLOSE attention to the difficulty during the first 5 seconds as this is a more DYNAMIC and can let you compare your abilities between the right and left side
6️⃣ Compare your times to the age-related norms in the chart

🧠 If you were in your age-group norms - great. For our clients, we are always trying to work them toward hitting the times for the youngest age group so you can always consider that an excellent goal.

☝🏽Finally, remember that this is a very simple test of only 1 of the 4 categories of balance. There's lots more you can do!

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💥Fall Prevention and Fall Preparation Can Be LIFESAVING💥 🧠 There's not a lot that needs to be said about this post. The ...
06/10/2024

💥Fall Prevention and Fall Preparation Can Be LIFESAVING💥

🧠 There's not a lot that needs to be said about this post. The statistics are available for every movement professional to see. While not all falls are serious, when they do happen, things can go very badly. And, it's getting worse. According to the CDC fall death rates increased by 41% between 2012 and 2021 in the United States.

🧠 Usually we think of falls as a problem only for the elderly. However, across most age groups, falls are among the top 3 accidental causes of death around the world.

🧠 As movement professionals we believe that it's absolutely critical to understand this topic deeply. This goes far beyond telling people to make sure that the rugs in their house don't slide on the floor and to avoid clutter.

🧠 Fall prevention and fall preparation require assessments of vision, vestibular function, foot sensation, big toe strength, and dozens of other areas that CAN matter.

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https://zhealtheducation.com/brain-based-fall-prevention/

🧠 YOU ARE YOUR BRAIN 🧠🤓 This has been one of our favorite quotes since we encountered it over a decade ago because it's ...
06/07/2024

🧠 YOU ARE YOUR BRAIN 🧠

🤓 This has been one of our favorite quotes since we encountered it over a decade ago because it's an elegant reminder that everything we do has a neurological basis and impact.

👉🏽 We also love it because it so clearly states that neural dysfunction is not always driven by a brain injury. In fact, in the world of most movement professionals it is dysfunction driven by disuse that is most common.

👀 As an example, when our clients spend 12 hours per day staring at screens at a relatively fixed distance, it should make sense that over the course of a few years that multiple visual functions could weaken due to disuse.

💥 And that disuse CAN become a player in movement dysfunction, pain issues, mood disturbances and more. When we understand the neuroanatomy the connections become very clear.

When you look into the research around longevity, it's weird to see how many "soft" factors appear to go into living a l...
06/05/2024

When you look into the research around longevity, it's weird to see how many "soft" factors appear to go into living a long, healthy life.

One factor that is often discussed is CONNECTION. Having meaningful relationships and interactions with others.

While it may seem odd to compare something like the level of connectedness to more well-known health factors, the research is very clear that social isolation carries significant health consequences.

As movement pros, one of the biggest gifts we provide our clients is this connection. While it may not seem as important as their therapy plan or training evolutions, the fact is that it may be even more important over time to their overall progress and health.

06/05/2024

Are your ankles flexible enough to prevent falls? Today, we'll show you how to find out using just your iPhone!

Falls are a serious issue, being the second or third leading cause of injury-related deaths globally.

This topic is very personal to us, as many friends, athletes, and soldiers have suffered severe injuries or worse from falls.

Join us as we explore simple methods to assess ankle flexibility and reduce fall risk, contributing to a safer, healthier life.

This month, leading up to our fall prevention class "Defying Gravity" in June, we're focused on bringing you practical tips and tools to test yourself or your clients.

Finally, if you're a movement professional interested in integrating a brain-based fall prevention approach into your work, we have a live and live-streamed course coming in June 2024 from Las Vegas. Check it out!*_ https://zhealtheducation.com/brain-based-fall-prevention/

🔥 EYES, HEAD MOVEMENT & BRAINS 🔥🧠 One concept that we share in our introductory courses is that we need to recognize and...
06/03/2024

🔥 EYES, HEAD MOVEMENT & BRAINS 🔥

🧠 One concept that we share in our introductory courses is that we need to recognize and optimize, when possible, both voluntary and reflexive contributions to movement.

🧠 We tend to think that the conscious control of our bodies reigns supreme, when the truth is that the vast majority of what makes us capable of function is reflexive in some way.

🧠 When we look into human movement, for many decades there have been numerous studies on primitive reflexes in infants and childhood as well as their integration into our movement as adults.

🧠 What is becoming clear in recent years, however, is that even in healthy adults there are often retained versions of the primitive reflexes seen in infants that continue to impact on movement.

🧠 As an example, recent research has shown clear evidence that both the symmetric and asymmetric tonic reflexes continue to play a role in movement in HEALTHY adults.

🧠 Practically speaking this means that rotating, flexing or extending the neck creates reflexive muscle activation and inhibition throughout the body.

🧠 When you understand these patterns you can incorporate them into your training - sometimes with profound effects.

🤓 If you want to learn more about this and thousands of other brain-based training topics, check out our free course and ebook. https://zhealtheducation.com/free-course/

🔥 LIGAMENTS & THE BRAIN 🔥🧠 Normally when we see photos or illustrations of ligaments they look very much like this one. ...
05/31/2024

🔥 LIGAMENTS & THE BRAIN 🔥

🧠 Normally when we see photos or illustrations of ligaments they look very much like this one.

🧠 What is sometimes lost in translation, however, is the incredibly intricate and vital SENSORY role that ligaments play in movement.

🧠 For many years it has been recognized that there are ligamento-muscular reflex pathways that contribute to reflexive muscle activation and inhibition in order to maintain joint stability.

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💥 HEAD POSTURE & BREATHING 💥🧠 Most movement professionals are rightly concerned about posture. Suprisingly, the research...
05/29/2024

💥 HEAD POSTURE & BREATHING 💥

🧠 Most movement professionals are rightly concerned about posture. Suprisingly, the research on the direct relationship between pain and posture is actually quite limited. However, there is a growing body of evidence that demonstrates numerous functional problems that correlate with less-optimal posture.

🧠 In a study from 2018, a significant decrease is inspiratory muscle function was found with forward head posture. The conclusions from the authors were:

👉🏽 Alteration of head and neck positions had an immediate negative impact on respiratory function.

👉🏽 Clinicians should be prompted to assess respiratory function when assessing individuals with mal-posture.

🧠 Assessing and training the respiratory system is a key concept that we would love to see become a standard for all movement professionals.

05/29/2024

Falls can happen to anyone, and knowing how to get up properly is a potentially life-saving skill.
In this video I wanted to share with you some very basic, but vital assessments that you should be doing on yourself and with all of your clients.

Simply knowing "if" and "how fast" someone can get off the floor can give you huge insights into their general physical competency and help you design more effective training programs.

We'll also cover a very simple "backward chaining" teaching method to help speed up the learning process for your clients. .

Please don't underestimate the significance of this life-saving skill!

Also, if you are a movement professional Interested in integrating brain-based training into your work click the link to register for our FREE 6-hour online mini-course and ebook! https://zhealtheducation.com/free-course/

Video Highlights:
• Getting Back Up to Standing Position Safely
• Key Assessments
• Backward Chaining as a Teaching Tool

💥 LEARN, UNLEARN & RELEARN💥🧠 This is a quote we think about a lot with the constant transitions in work and life we've a...
05/28/2024

💥 LEARN, UNLEARN & RELEARN💥

🧠 This is a quote we think about a lot with the constant transitions in work and life we've all experienced.

🧠 We believe that one of the goals of lifelong training is to improve resilience and ability to successfully adapt to new challenges.

🧠 This requires learning new things, discarding long-held ideas that have proven incorrect, and relearning with a deeper level of understanding things that truly matter for ourselves and our clients.

🔥 PAIN & MOVEMENT 🔥 🧠 One of our favorite concepts is "trust movement." Clients may say, "I'm not in pain" but you can s...
05/24/2024

🔥 PAIN & MOVEMENT 🔥

🧠 One of our favorite concepts is "trust movement." Clients may say, "I'm not in pain" but you can see that they are. Friends may say, "I'm doing great" but you can see that they are not.

🤓 How do we know this?

🧠 Movement has a voice. And, if you have trained yourself to listen and observe, it has much to say.

🔥 SAPHENOUS NERVE🔥🧠 Saphenous nerve injuries and entrapments are quite common in an athletic population in our experienc...
05/22/2024

🔥 SAPHENOUS NERVE🔥

🧠 Saphenous nerve injuries and entrapments are quite common in an athletic population in our experience. Here are the most common peripheral sites where you will typically see issues.

🧠 There are a number of ways to work with peripheral nerve issues including:

1️⃣ Nerve Tensioning/Sliding/Slacking
2️⃣ Dermal Level Release/Decompression
3️⃣ Sensory Rehabilitation Modalities
4️⃣ Fascial Work
5️⃣ Isolated & Integrated Joint Mobility
6️⃣ Taping/Cupping/Instruments
7️⃣ Etc

🧠 Because the saphenous is a sensory nerve it is often ignored during "movement" rehab, but it is primary driver for many medial leg, ankle and foot issues.

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Are Your Calves Strong Enough? In today’s blog we want to take a quick peek at the often-overlooked calf muscles. Many p...
05/22/2024

Are Your Calves Strong Enough?

In today’s blog we want to take a quick peek at the often-overlooked calf muscles. Many people (and professionals) focus on the quads, hamstrings, and glutes, forgetting that the calves play a crucial role in fall prevention, efficient gait mechanics, injury prevention, and sports performance.

Here’s what we’re going to cover in this week’s blog:
· A quick review of the anatomy and functions of the calf muscles.
· Key research findings on the importance of calf strength.
· Detailed instructions on performing two essential calf strength tests: the Heel-Rise Test and the Calf Raise Senior Test.

https://zhealtheducation.com/blog/are-your-calves-strong-enough/

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