Rehabilitation

NEW Unconventional Treatment Available NOW

By November 26, 2023 No Comments

For a while I have felt frustrated with sometimes only being able to apply a bandaid solution to peoples pain in my clinic. This was until I learnt the SuperHero Activation Method from a couple quirky South African Physiotherapists called Douglas Heel and Carel Wildenboer.

Read below to learn more about this revolutionary permanent solution to pain, injury and sub optimal functioning.


WHAT IS SUPERHERO ACTIVATION METHOD (SAM)?

The superhero activation method is a powerful new understanding of the body. By using the superhero activations you will see the body transform from a defensive, imploded state into one that is powerful and explosive. It is used effectively with a wide scope of clients including children, the elderly, social and elite sportspeople, business people and office workers. It rids your body of its poor compensation patterns while restoring movement and function.

When our bodies are driven by a compensation pattern, it is directly linked to our nervous system functioning in an overloaded state. This affects various other mental aspects for clients and athletes. When we restore proper movement patterns, we get the nervous system to function in a more relaxed state. This dramatically affects one’s mental state in both life and sport.

 

WHAT DOES IT HELP IMPROVE?

  • Flexibiltiy
  • Strength
  • Muscle and joint tightness
  • Pain
  • Speed
  • Endurance
  • Power

All without doing a single exercise. It’s the best thing we’ve ever learnt.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

We stimulate various activation reflexes on the body with our thumbs, knuckles, palms and elbows. Some of these areas are reflexes that stimulate the nervous system and increase the nerve innervations to the correct muscles. Which mean when you ask your muscles to fire… THEY FIRE at 100%!

With other activations, we aim to remove the soft tissue (fascia) shortening that is limiting the body from moving correctly.

Lamens Terms?
Imagine each of the muscles in your body has a switchboard that governs whether power goes to it. Due to the way we live our lives, the switch to our muscles gets tripped off, just like the switches on the switchboard at home when the power goes out.

In the body there is a switchboard for each muscle. Our job is to stimulate the ‘switchboard areas’ and get power to your muscles again. This happens instantly and results in two outcomes – a more powerful muscle and a more relaxed muscle. It simultaneously increases flexibility and increases power.

These techniques have been successfully used with many high-level sports teams and groups as well as individual athletes such as the Springboks, Blue Bulls, Sharks, Miami Dolphins (American football), Galaxy Football (Soccer), Grigora Athletics, Drakensberg Boys Choir, etc.

 

WHY DO YOU USE THE SUPERHERO ACTIVATION METHOD?

In our clinic we use activations techniques with all our clients. With this approach, it allows for us to zoom in on the cause of pain, dysfunction and injuries. When we are able to address the root cause of problems, we are able to make a long-term difference. Instead of putting a bandaid on the problem.


HOW LONG DOES THE SUPERHERO ACTIVATION METHOD LAST FOR?

This largely depends on the individual; however, we are generally able to positively influence our clients on a long-term basis. We focus on educating our clients to take control of their own future health. The aim is not to see our clients on an ongoing basis. Our aim is to help create long term solutions. If you never have to see us again…that is first prize.

For example, when I first started getting this activation work done I was only able to book appointments a month apart because the practitioner I saw was so busy (go figure).When we first tested my hip flexor strength after the first activations I got a 7/10, then after the month off when we tested me again at the start I got 7/10. Showing no loss in activation strength of that area.

During the month between appointments, I focused on doing belly breathing and some minor self-activations to myself before training. This meant I still got to hold onto the new hip flexor strength I had fostered with treatment.


HOW OFTEN DO WE NEED TO COME IN FOR FOLLOW UP SESSIONS?

Each client is different and will require a slightly different approach. We generally suggest 4-5 sessions to get through the basics of what is needed to improve your movement patterns.

These sessions are 60 minutes long and done weekly. Clients are trained to perform a customized maintenance program to help them improve their health without always needing ongoing professional treatment. There are also some people like to just come in monthly after this because it helps them feel their very best for work or their activities.


WILL YOU STILL DO TRADITIONAL MYOTHERAPY WORK AND REMEDIAL MASSAGE?

YES! Absolutely this will still be available. I personally think there is huge benefit to learning and getting the superhero activations weekly over the course of a month and THEN going back to traditional Myotherapy/Remedial Massage treatments once you have addressed your movement patterns and optimised them with me.

Or, if you enjoy regular care with me every 2-8 weeks, what I would personally recommend is to get a combination treatment. Half activations, half remedial massage. This is what I get for my own bodily maintenance.

At the end of the day, you choose. I am happy to support whatever you guys want but can also give my professional advice to what is best for you.


DO YOU WORK WITH SPORTS TEAMS AND ATHLETES?

We often work with athletes and teams on both social and an elite level. Here our focus is on improving performance and at the same time limiting injuries by improving your movement pattern. When we are able to get your body to move more efficiently it makes you stronger, faster, more agile and less prone to overload and injury.


DO YOU ONLY WORK WITH SPORTS PEOPLE?

We work with individuals of all walks of life. Most people in modern life learn to move their bodies in an abnormal way. When we use these compensation movement patterns it leads to persistent overload of specific parts of the body. This overload is often underlying to chronic pain and repetitive injuries. The scary thing is that we are often unaware of our compensations and the impact it has on our health.

OPTIONAL – EXPLANATION OF WHAT SAM IS FURTHER

PART 2

The SuperHero Activation Method (SAM) uses a system of reflexes throughout the body that wakes up muscles. The muscles can then function at their maximum potential in strength, power, endurance and flexibility.

The applications range from; improved sports performance to great gains in training, but also release of tight structures throughout the body that cause pain and dysfunction.

The body is an electrical system just like any other, when overloaded it blows a fuse. When we correct the blown fuse, the circuit and therefore the body can fire to maximum potential. This is how we were designed to be. So what is the theory behind all of this? Some of the points we are going to be using are called neuro-lymphatic reflexes. It indicates we are working with neural pathways that have a relationship to the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a passive system that has only one direction of flow towards the neck region where it empties into the veins leading to the heart. It acts as a drainage system of the body, but also carries proteins, hormones, and fats to all the cells.

There are twice as many lymph vessels and lymph as there are blood and blood vessels in the body. Reflexes located mainly in the chest and back control the energy of this lymphatic system. These points act like fuses that blow when the system is overloaded. Just like the fuse box is often located around the side of the house or in the kitchen, but the light that blew is in the bedroom, the reflexes do not always correspond to the area being worked. Each area has a corresponding muscle or muscle system that relate to these areas and once the fuse is repaired the circuit can fire again.

Since the body is amazingly designed it often subtly compensates when a circuit blows. We do not tend to notice until we have over-compensated and something goes wrong. We can individually test each muscle in isolation to prevent this happening. The points are sometimes quite small and sometimes very large. Often the more the circuit is blown, the more uncomfortable it will feel when you rub this area. Since our defensive patterns are to pull forwards, it is the reflexes on the front of the body that are the most sensitive.

Gently rubbing the points for 10 – 20 seconds is usually enough to clear the circuit and continue either testing or doing the specific exercise you have in mind. Be aware of the client’s sensitivity to these areas and be gentle. As often as possible, get your client to do the points themselves.

As the balance in the body returns you may find there is sensitivity in these points for a few days afterwards as the body finds its new balance. Another component of what we look at is how the body works as a unit. There are associated body responses where one area can influence the performance of many others. It’s like a team that can only play as well as the weakest player, so if we can raise the performance of the weakest player we can improve the performance of the whole team.

An example of this would be the hip flexor (psoas major), gluteus maximus, and the hamstring. If the hip flexor shuts down it will reciprocally shut down the gluteus maximus (reciprocal inhibition). Now that the gluteus maximus is not functioning as well in its function, the hamstring will now need to do its job as well as that of the gluteus maximus in order for the body to keep functioning. In order to do this it reduces its range of motion to become more of a stabiliser (the role of the gluteus maximus). Now we have tight hamstrings and when we need to do any dynamic activity, they will resist stretching, and we are at risk of damaging them.

We will look at various associated body responses and see how important it is to look further than just the area of weakness, pain or dysfunction for the answers.

The last component we will consider is how our body responds to various stimuli, and once we are aware of that response how we can now choose to change the nature of the response.

Imagine that I asked you to speak to a group of 5000 people. For many of us, this request is almost worse than dying. Think how your body would be filled with anxiety, self-doubt and fear. If we picture how that would feel, what your body posture and position would look like… Not very strong.

Now imagine if we changed the context, and you were able to feel excited about his opportunity; you looked forward to sharing your story with the same 5000 people. How would your body look now? We will look at this stimulus- response scenario and see how we can use this to improve our function.

Associated response: Similar to stimulus response but we will look at how we group things together. Pavlov’s Dog is a well-known experiment where every time food was introduced to a dog, a bell would ring. In time, every time the bell was rung the dog would salivate in anticipation of being fed. Sometimes we associate another stimulus to a stressful event, and every time it comes up we feel the same intensity of stress. E.g. If you run a marathon and throughout the race you are thinking about a massive work stress, you may end up finding that when you want to run afterwards, your body keeps shutting down – it has associated running with intense stress and does not want to go there! (This example was the real-life scenario of a client).