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Category Archives: Physical Therapy

Strength training for recovery and prevention of concussions

It is estimated that as many as 3.8 million concussions occur in the United States annually due to sports or recreational injuries. Concussions present a serious health risk to the public. Research continues to show how damage to the brain can cause long-lasting health implications if not properly addressed. Symptoms similar to Parkinson’s, along with memory and attention-deficit issues, are often seen amongst older athletes decades after their careers end. Thankfully, rules in sports are changing and the need for serious recovery measures after a concussion are becoming common knowledge.

The Best Form of Protection is Prevention

While athletic gear has come a long way within the last few decades to help reduce the risk of head trauma, there is still more that we can do to help improve the odds. One of the very best things one can do is focus on strengthening neck muscles and the trapezius muscle, which runs along the spine and back shoulder area. In fact, studies have shown that individuals with the strongest necks are the least likely to sustain a concussion in high school sports.

Target Muscles in a Variety of Planes of Motion

The neck can move in a variety of unique patterns rotationally and laterally, so it’s critical to target these muscles through multiple different angles and movement patterns. Resistance cords provide individuals with one great solution to achieve this effectively, in addition to providing a variety of other benefits such as increased flexibility, range of motion, and cell growth.

Two simple pieces of equipment from NZ Manufacturing can help with both prevention and recovery from concussions:

The HEADSET KIT M357-MEDICORDZ® gives individuals the ability to target neck muscles to increase strength and mobility through forward and lateral flexion, extension and rotation neck exercises; while, the HEAD STRAP KIT M351KT-MEDICORDZ® stretches both the upper back and neck muscles.

Recover Optimally

After taking the necessary time to rest initially after a concussion, strength training and rehabbing the muscles surrounding and supporting the head is essential to proper recovery. Research has shown that athletes who have had one concussion are 4 to 6 times more likely to sustain a second. With careful guidance from sports medicine doctors or physical therapists, the use of resistance cords can help increase blood flow to recovering areas to support a strong, healthy comeback from a concussion and reduce the likelihood of a second occurrence

NZ Manufacturing, which has been in business for over 30 years, creates some of the highest quality resistance exercise tools used by professional sports teams, hospitals, and national organizations to help individuals stay healthy and recover more optimally. We are more than happy to answer any questions you might have or provide you with any additional information you may need. Reach us by phone at 1-800-886-6621 or fill out our online contact form today!

The Benefits of Resistance Cords for Elder Care

As the human body ages, your ability to gain strength and recover quickly becomes increasingly difficult. At the same time, your strength and ability to recover becomes even more essential to living a healthy, independent lifestyle in the later decades of your life.

The body’s strength begins to decline around the age of 40, and by age 70, muscular strength can decline by an average of 30% according to research. Sarcopenia, or the reduction in muscular strength as we age, can be greatly reduced, if not fended off, through a smart exercise regime.

Resistance cords offer one great solution for combating this issue – in addition to numerous other obstacles the human body faces as it ages. Physical therapists commonly introduce resistance cords into their training regimens when working with seniors for a number of reasons.

Benefits of Resistance Cords for the Elderly

  1. Providing a comprehensive, full-body workout to target almost all your body’s major muscle groups
  2. Boosting stamina
  3. Increasing flexibility
  4. Enhancing your range of motion
  5. Improving strength
  6. Increasing bone density and reducing the risk of osteoporosis
  7. Increasing cellular growth and proliferation
  8. Bettering brain health, which can help avoid age-related dementia
  9. Improving balance
  10. Bettering body composition and muscle mass
  11. Bettering biomarkers such as blood lipids, blood pressure, and blood glucose levels
  12. Easing the symptoms of arthritis pain
  13. Improving cognitive performance
  14. Improving connective tissues in joints
  15. Enhancing coordination and agility
  16. Helping mitigate back pain

Resistance Cords Beneficial For All Age Groups

Whether you are just looking to grow your strength or rehab an injury, resistance cords are a smart solution for gyms, physical therapists, aquatic centers, chiropractors, and sports medicine doctors to offer to their clients. They don’t place too much pressure on the body’s joints and allow someone to achieve a full body workout across various levels of ability. Resistance cords are customizable to one’s strength needs and can offer increasing levels of intensity as one continues to improve and grow stronger. They allow elderly individuals to target multiple angles and train in the very same range of motion essential to moving about in their everyday lives.

NZ Manufacturing, which has been in business since 1985, offers a wide array of resistance cords suitable to the needs of seniors. Some of our best products such as the Turfcordz® with Handles and Safety Cord and the Pool Aqua Band S300-Strechcordz® may be a great way to start if you haven’t tried resistance cords yet.

If you are interested in learning anything more about the resistance cord products NZ Manufacturing offers, you can reach out to us via phone at 1-800-886-6621 or fill out our online contact form today. We’ve been helping athletes, trainers, physical therapists and individuals of all ages use resistance cords to boost their agility and bounce back more quickly from injuries.