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Treatable symptoms.

 

Aging is the natural process of becoming older.

Between 2012 and 2050 the percentage of the world's population that is over 60 is expected to grow from 11 to 22%. According to the National Research Council, as the baby boomer generation ages, by 2030 the population with mobility issues will dramatically increase as well.

The body processes may slow down and become more sensitive to diet and stress. Chronic health problems can become an issue along with disability or disease. Approximately one centimeter of height may be lost per decade. Emotional responses and retrospection vary from person to person. Experiencing a sense of mortality, sadness, or loss is common at this age.

Most people take as fact that limitations and pain are also part of this natural process. They give up once-loved activities and become more sedentary. But this does not have to be the case. Did you know that your level of energy and vitality is directly connected to your brain, which has the capacity to grow and creating new connections throughout life? When your brain is taking advantage of its remarkable capacity to change, your body gets stronger and more flexible, and your mind becomes clearer and more supple. If you’re asking yourself what to do to get more energy and vitality, the answer is: wake up your brain to resume creating new connections and possibilities.

This is what Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® can do for you. Gentle movement exercises and the Nine Essentials of the method will wake up your brain to create new connections and patterns that will eliminate pain and increase your strength and flexibility. With this cutting-edge method, no matter your age, you will begin moving with greater ease, and infuse your life with greater energy and joy.

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+ Back pain

Back Pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45.

More than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-64 experience frequent back pain. When asked about four common types of pain, respondents of a National Institute of Health Statistics survey indicated that low back pain was the most common (27%).

While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain persists. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years.

Adults with low back pain are often in worse physical and mental health than people who do not have low back pain: 28% of adults with low back pain report limited activity due to a chronic condition, as compared to 10% of adults who do not have low back pain. Also, adults reporting low back pain were three times as likely to be in fair or poor health and more than four times as likely to experience serious psychological distress as people without low back pain.

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+ Brain injury and stroke

Brain injury and stroke

Brain injury is separated into two subsets, TBI (brain damage that occur after birth); and non-traumatic brain injury, which does not involve external mechanical force (examples include stroke and infection). Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability, and reduces mobility in more than half of stroke survivors age 65 and over. According to the CDC, about 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year.

Symptoms are dependent on both the type of injury and the part of the brain that is affected and are also dependent on the injury's severity. They can range from headache, vomiting, nausea, lack of coordination, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, and fatigue, to cognitive and emotional symptoms like behavioral changes, confusion, and trouble with memory. More severe injuries may also include slurred speech, aphasia (word-finding difficulties), weakness or numbness in the limbs, restlessness, or agitation.

Whether the injury is from a TBI or a stroke, Anat Baniel Method (ABM) NeuroMovement can offer breakthrough results. After a trauma, both the brain and body have been changed, and can no longer be organized and managed in the same way. The importance and centrality of the brain and the nervous system is universally recognized. However, the big challenge is how to access the brain to help it heal.

When a brain is traumatized, its capacity to perceive and organize in relation to the stimulus that is coming in is greatly compromised. For the brain-injured person, the incoming stimuli is often times experienced as a blur that is hard to decipher.

The nine essentials of ABM NeuroMovement help the brain of the brain-injured person improve its capacity to perceive differences. The perception of differences—visual, auditory, olfactory, or kinesthetic—is the source of new information to the brain.

The more the brain is capable of perceiving finer and finer differences in the stimuli that is coming in, the more it has information to work with. These perceptions drive the creation of new connections, new patterns, and new solutions—physical, cognitive, and emotional.

The good news about the Essentials is that they are easy to learn and easy to implement.

Most importantly is that there are ways to access the brain, to help it heal, and do its job of organizing all action better.

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+ Motor vehicle accident injuries

THERE ARE 6 MILLION CAR ACCIDENTS PER YEAR IN THE US.

2 million: people in the us are injured every year in car accidents. The effects can be physical, ranging from bruising to catastrophic injury, or psychological, ranging from fear to difficulty attending to daily responsibilities. Occasionally, like in the case of whiplash, the full effects of a motor vehicle accident injury can take weeks to be felt.

Signs and symptoms of whiplash usually develop within 24 hours of the injury and may include: neck pain and stiffness, worsening of pain with neck movement, loss of range of motion in the neck, headaches most often starting at the base of the skull, tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back or arms, tingling or numbness in the arms, fatigue, or dizziness. Some people also experience: blurred vision, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), sleep disturbances, irritability, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, or depression.

In working with whiplash or other motor vehicle accident related injuries, how do you rehabilitate lost functioning or skill? Using Anat Baniel NeuroMovement we have seen that not only is rehabilitation possible, clients often improve beyond what was traditionally thought possible.

Rehabilitation is defined as, "the action of restoring someone to health or normal life." With ABM, we know that it's not possible to turn back time. It's understandable that we would like to try to go back to how things were before the trauma through a mechanical approach of stretching and strengthening the muscles and practicing the lost skill. And this can help to some degree. But at the same time these attempts often result in rapidly grooving patterns of limitations into the brain. With this approach, critical time when new information could have been fed to the brain immediately post trauma, is lost, and opportunities to achieve significantly greater success and better outcomes are missed.

Instead of taking the client though many hours of exercising, or trying to perform lost skills, we take advantage of the enormous potentials of the brain to “rewire” and create new connections and possibilities. Through practical applications of brain plasticity principles, utilizing the Nine Essentials, the Anat Baniel Method transforms and redefines what is possible for those requiring rehabilitation, both physical and psychological.

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+ Neck pain

IT'S NO WONDER WE HAVE THE OLD ADAGE, "PAIN IN THE NECK!"

Neck pain (or cervicalgia) is a common problem, with two-thirds of the population having neck pain at some point in their lives. Neck pain affects about 5% of the global population.

While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain persists. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years. When asked about four common types of pain, respondents of a National Institute of Health Statistics survey indicated that neck pain was the third most common neck pain (15%).

The Anat Baniel Method has helped thousands of people, from world-class musicians and athletes to computer users, yoga practitioners and regular folk, overcome neck and shoulder pain and injury.

With this science-based, breakthrough method, the exercises for the shoulder and for the neck focus on where change needs to happen first – in the brain. No more painful stretching or limiting devices such as neck braces. Through gentle and innovative movement lessons and the Nine Essentials you will wake up your brain to form new, pain free patterns of movement. Instead of focusing on tight muscles, this method’s exercises for the shoulder and for the neck provide your brain with new information it can use to “tell” your body how to move in harmonious, pain-free ways. Your whole body will become more free and stronger, thinking clearer, and you’ll be free to move with greater ease.

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+ Posture causing pain

POOR POSTURE IS THE POSTURE THAT RESULTS FROM MUSCLES BEING RECRUITED TO DO THE JOB OF THE BONES.

There are many factors that impact posture including occupational or repetitive activities, physical injuries, emotional trauma, or even strong ideas of posture like “standing up straight,” or “sitting like a lady.”

The effects of poor posture can be felt in any part of the body and often multiple parts of the body. There are often areas of extreme muscular contraction and reduced range of motion. Poor posture can make people prone to suddenly “putting out” parts of themselves like the back.

Most people think the solution is in focusing on the muscles and discovering the right posture. However, misuse of the body actually comes from poorly organized, deeply ingrained movement habits that lead to injury and pain.

The brain is the CEO of all that we do, it organizes all movement, thought, and emotions, so the change needs to occur in the brain.

The Method’s innovative, gentle movement lessons, together with the Nine Essentials, flood the brain with new information with which it quickly creates more harmonious and pain free movement patterns. The whole body becomes stronger and more flexible, while creativity, concentration, and well-being are enhanced.

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+ Reduced flexibility or range of motion

Joint Stiffness and reduced flexibility Treatment

Are you experiencing joint stiffness or chronically tight muscles? Do you have restrictions in daily actions like turning to look behind you in the car?

Stiffness or tight muscles can be the result of any number of reasons, life experience, recent or old injuries, repetitive movements. The typical solution is to focus on the muscles, either by mechanically stretching or strengthen them, or repeating exercises.

No matter the cause, your brain is the answer. Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® is a cutting edge, science-based treatment that shifts the focus from trying to “fix” the joints themselves to the master organizer of all our movements – the brain.

Most joint pain and injuries are caused by deeply ingrained poor movement patterns resulting reduced flexibility. Providing the brain with new information for creating alternative, more harmonious movement patterns immediately begins relieving the pain, even when joints are already damaged or inflamed, or muscles are chronically tight.

Through the method’s gentle and innovative movement treatments, the brain wakes up, creating new possibilities that were unthinkable before, leading to natural pain relief, freeing up both body and mind.

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+ Repetitive stress injury

ALSO KNOWN AS OVERUSE INJURIES.

RSI is very common, with over 3 million US cases per year. Symptoms include tenderness, stiffness, or tingling in the affected area. Repetitive strain injury impacts muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons.

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a general term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse. At first, you might only notice symptoms when you're carrying out a particular repetitive action. But without treatment, the symptoms of RSI may eventually become constant and cause longer periods of pain. You may also get swelling in the affected area, which can last for several months.

Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® is a science-based approach that uses movement lessons to wake up the brain for the treatment of RSI and overuse injury. This revolutionary method is based on the understanding that RSI results not only from overuse but from misuse of the body, i.e. from poorly organized, deeply ingrained movement habits that lead to injury and pain.

The brain is the CEO of all that we do, it organizes all movement, thought, and emotions, so the change needs to occur in the brain.

The Method’s innovative, gentle movement lessons, together with the Nine Essentials, wake up the brain and form new patterns that eliminate body aches, and pain, increase strength, flexibility and creativity. This method is how you can get relief from tension and pain, and rediscover the joy of living.

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+ Scoliosis

SCOLIOSIS IS A SPINAL DEVIATION

and medical condition that results in the spine having an S curve or a C curve. It is very common, as there are more than 3 million new US cases per year.

Most people, over years of habitual self-use, develop some degree of asymmetries in the spine and are symptom-free. However, more severe or rapidly growing scoliosis can have symptoms ranging from pain or limitations in range of movement to difficulty breathing if the chest and lungs are compromised.

The scientifically-based Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® offers a breakthrough approach for scoliosis. Rather than focusing on the tight muscles in the back and on trying to straighten the curvature of the spine through stretching exercises, traction, or immobilization with braces, this method focuses on the brain, where all the body’s movements are organized.

The method’s gentle and innovative movement lessons, together with the Nine Essentials, provide the brain with information it needs to form new connections that will lead to dramatically increased flexibility and strength in the back, reduced pain, freer breathing and an overall increase in vitality and well-being. You will discover that the scoliosis needn’t limit you. Over time the curvature may lessen, and further deterioration stopped.

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Traumatic injuries can include: bruising, strain, sprain, wounds, fractures, or concussions.

We all want to be fit, healthy, and prevent injury. Yet the path to fitness is filled with myths that often lead to unnecessary injuries that can limit and even stop us altogether. Much of fitness training is focused on muscles, repetition, trying harder and harder and on continuing to practice through injury and pain. Is it possible to prevent many of the sports injuries? The answer is a definite YES!

We need to shift our focus from the muscles to the brain. It is the brain that organizes and controls all of our movements, thoughts, and emotions. It is the brain that tells our muscles what to do. For the brain to figure out the best, most harmonious way to perform any movement, it needs lots and lots of new information. How can we provide the brain with such information, prevent injuries, and reach new levels of fitness?

With ABM NeuroMovement and the Nine Essentials, we provide the conditions that flood the brain with the new information it needs to successfully create the necessary connections that lead to increased fitness and well-being. Whether you’re already a world-class athlete or a beginner on the path to greater fitness, your brain is at the ready to make movement easier and you more powerful.

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