Title: Walk and Run For Life! Through Lever Mechanisms or Spring Mechanisms?
To be presented at: The World Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine and Regenerative Biomedical Technologies Expo
Address: Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center
1099 Guo Zhan Road, Shanghai, China, 200126
By Dr James Stoxen DC
The Human Spring Model is Plyometric Training and Barefoot Running vs The Human Lever Model, Resistance Training and Shod Running Why the Human Spring Model and Approach is best for an Anti-aging Doctor
If the Human Spring Mechanism which functions to protect the body from impacts should lock then the force of impact is taken up by the tissues and as a result we have chronic inflammation and severe injuries. In the knee we call it Chondromalacia Patella or torn cartillage. In the foot bone or shin bone or tibia bone we call it stress fractures. From my clinical experience, the majority of the people who have injuries from running such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints, heel pain, runners knee, hip pain, Iliotibial Band Syndrome and herniated discs are because the spring mechanism can’t effectively absorb the impact into the spring.
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Running, as decades of studies have shown, is one of the best ways for your patients to put distance between themselves and the aging process. The medical quandary, though, has been determining for mature patients when the physical demands of running – the current lever model suggests that impacts are bad for us causing wear and tear on bone and joints leading to degeneration, inflammation and accelerated aging. Many physicians err on the side of caution, supportive footwear, orthotics and even prematurely advising patients to stop running.
Why is it that elite coaches around the world use impact training or plyometrics to bolster performance in sports?
Who is right?
I will answer that mystery by suggesting that the current model physicians are using to understand human movement, evaluate, treat, rehabilitate and maintain the human body is not the ideal model according to the latest research and the laws of nature and physics. I will provide evidence that the human body moves as both a lever but more importantly as a spring mechanism. Therefore the entire standard of care approach to understanding, examining, treating, rehabilitating and maintaining the human body must be changed.
In this presentation I will discuss the differences between the current human lever model vs the human spring model citing the laws of physics, nature and through interpretations of the results and conclusions from the most current research. I will cite the arguments that healthy humans may not ambulate with levers rather lever mechanisms and spring mechanisms.
Then I will review the current examination approaches, treatment, training and anti-aging approaches based on the human lever model vs the human spring model.
Progressive regenerative medicine and anti-aging medicine is defined as the earliest detection, intervention and prevention of age-related diseases. The current standard of care only requires doctors to do evaluations of the musculoskeletal systems when patients present with signs and symptoms of anti-aging related diseases. Anti-aging medicine exceeds this standard by practicing a form of medicine aimed at improving patients’ performance to the Olympic level for their age group before the pain even starts.
Top coaches and athletes focus on form and technique of human movement patterns for optimum performance. This should be the level anti-aging minded doctors function. These same athletes and coaches use high impact training methods, plyometrics which are contrary to the current standard of care. Current doctors recommend lever training or resistance training while anti-aging doctors should focus on what top athletes and coaches use to build stronger spring mechanisms.
These human spring mechanisms serve to protect the body from around to 250 million impacts felt in a lifetime. These human spring mechanisms also help to recycle energy thus reducing overall fatigue. Lever systems cannot protect an object from impacts nor can they recycle energy.
Now, let’s breakdown what is addressed when assessing running as a medical tool, from an anti-aging perspective. Running has been proven to burn calories – strengthen the heart and to lower blood pressure – increases mental sharpness and makes you more alert. It makes you feel happier and the release of endorphins provides a feeling of euphoria. It can also decrease memory loss in elderly people.
Unfortunately, these astonishing benefits are enjoyed by only a relatively handful of patients with so many more that could be receiving them. Why? Because many adult patients cannot run because of arthritic conditions that are contraindicated for running.
Why can’t as many adults run as they did in their youth? Why can children run barefoot and many adults can’t? Is the inability to run barefoot the first sign of aging? Are running shoes healthy for us? Are any binding or motion-altering device healthy for us while exercising and specifically running? Does the running shoe bind the natural spring we are born with replacing it with an artificial spring in the shoe? What are the consequences to the reduction of the adaptation process of the body’s natural spring to resist impacts and recycle energy?
I will discuss the current approach in medicine I call the barefoot to bedridden approach which involves doctor’s prescribing more supports causing reverse adaptation. The approach I am presenting, bedridden to barefoot or the Human Spring approach promotes healthy adaptation with the goal of restoring the body’s ability to support itself, which is the best approach to help your patients have an anti-aging lifestyle
We educate and coach our patients in the practice of resistance exercises to increase lever strength of the weight bearing joints, thus improving general running ability. However this is not the ideal model of training the body for sport. The development of spring strength through impacts via plyometrics is of paramount concern for athletes to improve performance in running as it impacts speed, quickness, balance, agility and coordination, and is essential for safe directional changes, stopping and starting.
However few physicians understand the concepts of spring strength and plyometric training. In fact physicians commonly advise against this form of exercise as they feel it creates too much shock to the skeleton. Some fear it may even contribute to premature aging through the wear and tear theory. But running and spring training performed with a properly prepared spring mechanism and sound bio-mechanics do not damage joints. (Note: research shows that people who run regularly and those who don’t run at all have the same risks of developing osteoarthritis).
Spring strength improves the efficiency of walking and running. Having a finely-tuned spring mechanism acts as a shock absorber to better protect the skeleton from stress and strain and potential wear and tear, inflammation and pain. A healthy spring mechanism can recycle more natural energy back into the walking and running effort.
In assessing patients, it is essential for physicians to employ specific testing to determine the exact level of absolute AND spring strength.
In this presentation I will clearly define absolute and spring strength, outline the differences between them and review what causes decreases in strength. From that base, I’ll present new and innovative examination, treatment, rehabilitation and anti-aging approach.
Crucially, I’ll demonstrate new and innovative orthopedic testing methods I have developed for physicians to more accurately determine not only if the human spring mechanisms are functional but patients’ levels of spring strength through the incremental increased forces of standing (50% body weight), walking (1.25 x body weight), running (3x body weight), sprinting (4x body weight), and plyometric jumping (estimated up to 10x body weight).
This is pivotal in evaluating when it is safe for a patient to go from walking to jogging, running to sprinting and even jump training. After all, as speeds increase from walking to running, forces increase from one times body weight to five times body weight. Stepping up to advanced plyometric jump training increases the force to ten times body weight. This is a more accurate assessment of the integrity of the patients ability to resist impacts than the current model.
Then via video demonstrations, you’ll learn how to release the spring mechanism back into the gait courtesy of a new approach.
You will witness new exercise methods, which are performed barefoot to increase absolute strength and spring strength safely.
We all should be developing a healthy anti-aging lifestyle through walking and running with maximum human spring in our steps.