Frontier Movement, Health and Healing in Action

Progressive Load, Stabilization, Impact

When full range of motion without pain has been accomplished, we must create more load to promote further healing and prevent injuries. After judiciously increasing resistance without pain, we begin to create stability such as working on one leg or arm or doing challenging movements that intentionally create instability.

Finally we add impact. Impact lets the entire body “know” that we are “back in the game.” Integrity in tendons, ligaments, and muscles increase dramatically through impact.

The biggest winner with impact is bone building. Tennis players are often found to have 30% more bone density on their hitting arm, simply from the impact of ball on racquet. A popular device in high-end spas, is a platform to stand on that vibrates while you perform your workout and in at least one clinical trial, it has provided modest results in bone density. My clients are off bone/calcium uptake prescriptions very quickly and their bone scans verify the results of Frontier Movement.

“Progressive” is a key word here as we increase range, load, instability and impact. If you feel discomfort, do not increase these parameters, but more importantly- DO NOT STOP DOING THE WORK. If you have been judiciously progressing without any pain and discomfort arises, this is the moment where the big opportunity seems to lie. It is at this point where your old (or relatively new) “injury” needs to be “PROCESSED.” Here is where we must “ move through.” In this phase we see the many facets of natural healing.

My observations of this processing have taught me the following— Old or recurring joint pain that was not present at the beginning of the work cycle, but grows during the cycle, should be rested momentarily and the work should be resumed after a short rest (generally a few seconds). At this point load, instability or impact should be reduced, (depending on which is the strongest catalyst) but not range of motion or duration of work.

Pain that begins with the work cycle and gradually lessens is our norm and is a good sign that healing is taking place. Some slight modification of the work may be called for but most often that is not the case. At this point the client may feel some occasional sharp but momentary pain outside the gym even while sleeping. If you have ever broken a bone you are familiar with this momentary “stabbing” while healing.

The final stage of healing is often marked by a sharp pain on the first repetition and no subsequent pain during the workout. This will soon be followed by a pain free joint even if you have had the pain for decades.

It is my belief that increasing blood flow to the joint is critical for healing and to that end we advocate traction and true full range of motion to open the joints fully and in addition creating a very high heart rate to maximally push blood through those joints.

A popular surgery today is to simply drill holes in the bone and let it bleed into the joint, which promotes regeneration of cartilage. Just 15 years ago we were taught that cartilage cannot be re-grown. Now we know that restricted blood flow into the joint greatly speeds the process of decline.

And finally, we shall talk about rest but in a different way than most. If and only if, you have followed the recommendations above, does rest really serve in healing, as it is now truly needed. We have called biological “attention” to the site and “taking a load off” NOW becomes a good idea. The healing will continue during deep sleep, the deepest of which is marked by large, slow EEG waves and is referred to as “Delta sleep.”

In this article, I am trying my best to explain a phenomenon that has occurred throughout my practice and over several years. Of course, muscle tears and wounds are not what we are speaking about here. If you cut your leg off, exercise would not be your first choice. We are speaking primarily of chronic and recurring joint pain in particular and we are getting impressive results.

I remain eternally grateful to be a part of this awakening to new ways of healing. I am not a physician and my words are my highest truth in trying to explain what we are experiencing and I wish you well in your own health and healing.

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