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Balance – Slow Aging – Improve Performance :071

Training balance is a Must for Athletes and Non-athletes Alike

Whether you are concerned about getting a better score in golf or a faster time down the slope – or you simply want to be more mobile, able and mentally sharp as you age – balance training is the key!

In this interview Jim Klopman, the author of Balance is Power and the creator of the Slackbow Balance Training System shared how his balance training not only helped his and others’ athletic performance, but also the ADD he had been experiencing exacerbated by sports related concussions.

 

Here’s some of what we covered:

  • How the Portable Neuromodulator Stimulator, developed and used at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, helps people rehabilitate sensory and motor disorders – by re-circuiting feedback to the brain via the tongue!
  • How movement actually helped Parkinson’s patients begin to speak and walk again.
  • “We build better muscles, not bigger muscles.” – Jim Klopman
  • Cognitive Kali (martial arts) Paul McCarthy TED Talk
  • “Improving your balance is not a muscle skill – so we’re not teaching you to do something new like hitting a gold ball… it’s not like lifting weights – it’s a software system [sic].” – Jim Klopman
  • “When you learn how to balance, one thing that happens is your kinetic chain gets better. So golfers look smoother when they hit the golf ball, you run smoother… everything flows better… the best athletes are the most graceful… they have the best Balance.” – Jim Klopman
  • How playing music artificially shuts off the conscious mind which Jim has found very counter-productive for training.
  • This is not just for athletes! Improving your balance can help prevent injury and slow aging! Half of all emergency room visits of patients over the age of 45 are due to falls!
  • Is it better to walk on the ball or heel of the foot? What about walking in heels?
  • Why your bifocals may be a hazard.
  • Which shoes are best and worst to wear?

And so much more… Watch, Listen, Enjoy!

 

About Jim Klopman

Jim Klopman- Balance is Power - Slack Bow

Jim is a lifelong innovator who has always been one of those people who thinks differently. He believes balance training has sharpened his ability to make new neural connections and see the possibilities and pathways that others miss.

Originally Jim was looking for a way to maintain his own athletic performance well into his 90s. But the Slackbow Balance Training System he developed turned out to be a key to whole body and mind fitness that was even more revolutionary than he could have imagined.

He is eager to spread his knowledge, techniques and tools far and wide to help seekers like him tune their brains to perform better in work and sports, sleep better, look younger and live longer.

Learn more – get Jim’s Balance is Power book, SlackBow and SlackBlock here!

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Physical Therapy – Age Gracefully – with Erin Blackford :067

I used to think that Physical Therapy is something that people do after an accident or injury.

Although I am very much a preventative maintenance person, I didn’t consider it as a part of my wellness care until I learned about Motion Care. Manual adjustments from Erin have helped me to feel more in alignment for what’s proper for my own body – allowing muscles to relax and for my body to move more freely in my delay activities as well as in dance, martial arts and yoga.

 

In this casual conversation we talk about a number of wellness-care topics in relation to physical therapy and what you can do to feel better – to prevent the proverbial wheels from falling off!

  • What it’s like to come from a family of physical therapists
  • What’s the difference between manual physical therapy and chiropractic?
  • Why it’s important to treat the body BEFORE experiencing pain
  • What are the signs of degradation to look for to seek treatment before seemingly falling apart
  • Why working on the 3-planes of motions is important (longitudinal, rotational, diagonal)
  • Sleeping through the night due to physical therapy
  • Why it’s so important to find the exercise that is right for you or the patient!
  • What Erin wishes everyone would do for their bodies
  • What increases chances for falls
  • The adjustment that relieved upper back tension that helped better than yoga!
  • Why “back extensions” are as important as “tummy time” for babies
  • The importance of preventative care for the lay person (non-athlete)
  • How to use our healthcare system more efficiently – saving hassle and money
  • The value of self-awareness and self-care
  • How physical therapy can help Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Suggestions for Back pain
  • “Keep moving – keep your body going.” – Erin Blackford – Physical Therapist

 

 

About Erin

Erin Blackford - Physical Therapist - Motion Care - Weight Free WellnessErin Blackford is a licensed physical therapist, certified by the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy with a strong interest in manual therapy. She is a graduate of The College of St. Scholastica with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Sciences and a minor in Psychology. Erin then pursued her Masters in Physical Therapy at The College of St. Scholastica.

Learn more at MotionCare.com