The problem I find with many experts who are selling physical therapy, some too often claim too much, even as a cure for PN, and have no idea how to apply the principles of Matt Hansen DPT who has just produced a DVD on exercise. Matt is an advisory member of the Neuropathy Support Network.
I have known the work and principles of Matt since beginning the NSN and I KNOW that Matt understands neuropathy and I would highly recommend the DVD.
To purchase a copy ($19.99 +S&H) go to this link www.freedom2move.org on left side of page click on PURCHASE, then select Vol. I by clicking on the picture, then ADD the code NSN10 in the box for non-profits and then follow to prompts to check out.
Introduction to Freedom2Move Article
Today’s market is flooded with fitness and exercise videos that attract consumers with promises of perfect “buns” and “washboard abs” by faithfully adhering to their program. Unfortunately, most of us are unable to perform the high-impact exercises on these videos; at least not at the speed and intensity level presented. Even if we could, doesn’t necessarily mean that we should participate in these exercises, some of which can be very hard on the body.
We all need exercise, but frequently avoid it due to feelings of hopelessness, fatigue and/or the belief that a medical condition justifies non-participation. Ironically, this is precisely when the benefits of exercise are needed most! Everyone would like to be in better physical shape for something. Someone’s personal motivation may not be to create a body immortalized in a Greek statue, but instead, to simply improve day-to-day function and feel better about their self. Perhaps they would like to climb stairs without pain; participate in an upcoming 5K or golf tournament; play with the children or grandkids; or “just” get out of bed and dressed for the day. Though these goals are certainly worthy, many ask how they can go about achieving them when existing fitness programs don’t seem to match individual needs and abilities.
Doctor of Physical Therapy and Freedom2Move creator, Matthew D. Hansen, D.P.T., became aware of a significantly underserved population in the fitness industry, when he was asked to be the guest on a “meet the author” conference call for a patient advocacy magazine that he writes for. One of the call’s participants indicated that even on her bestdays, she wasn’t able to perform any of the exercises on the popular exercise videos, and was desperately looking for something that could be adapted to her abilities. During the week that followed, Dr. Hansen searched for, but was unable to find, such a program on the market; so instead, he contacted the reader with customized exercises, and she gave him a surprise challenge to develop a video series that could be utilized beneficially by anyone- regardless of age or physical limitation.
The newly released Freedom2Move Home Exercise Program and DVD series has customizable levels for everyone; from competitive athletes to those who aren’t able to move at all without assistance from a partner. In Doctor Hansen’s words, the program is, “designed to liberate people from misconceptions and self-doubt about exercising, to empowerthem to keep moving and to feel good about doing it,” whether your primary motivation is day-to-day function, increasing performance in competitive sport, or looking better in a swimsuit.
The program uses principles of positioning to adapt the difficulty of an exercise. Though the activities look different in their varying poses, they are working the same muscles. These concepts, which are taught to Physical Therapists and other healthcare professionals, have never been presented in quite this way, nor been as accessible from home. Freedom2Move participants not only learn new exercises, but they’re also shown which muscles each exercise is targeting, and taught how making those muscles stronger can improve function.
The creators of Freedom2Move believe that success is oftentimes a matter of perspective, and that all of life’s achievements, regardless of their perceived size, should be enjoyed and celebrated. The company’s mantra, “Keep Moving!” is meant to inspire us all to continue forward and upward in each of life’s pursuits.
If you are interested in learning more about the Freedom2Move program or ordering their videos, please visit the company’s website at www.freedom2move.org When it comes to fitness and health care, Freedom2Move believes that it is a team effort, so they have committed to contribute 10% of all video sales to the health and wellness community.
Freedom2Move is doing their part to get everybody moving, and invites you to help create a movement. A Freedom2Move-ment!
DISCLAIMER: The information provided is intended to be educational and informative and not medically prescriptive or diagnostic. All patients are encouraged to consult with their own medical doctor when considering any of the information contained within.
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