Timothy Ferriss has battered his body in the pursuit of surpassing “perceived limits” encompassing the dis-pleasures of physical, dietary, chemical & temperature extremities but how do you repair a broken “heart” not to mention the rest of Ferriss’s bag of bones.
The “4HB” programme highlights five treatment regimes that Ferriss claims have fixed long term injuries that were said by many to be permanent & at the very least he found that these preferred practises rapidly accelerated injury repair.
He also highlights the “4M’s” which outline his working order for positive rehabilitation. Movement is the first port of repair where designated movements are used to alter the posture & actions of the body. Next option is Manipulation which is the practise of repairing damaged soft tissue through pressure instigated by machine or by hand. Then we come to Medication which involves taking chemical concoctions by mouth, application or injection & our last resort is Mechanical which obviously pertains to surgery which in some cases may be a necessity.
The Evils Of Heels
Vanity has often proven a costly sin & the need for all of us to look more glamorous & taller has ensured the proliferation of serious lower/middle back overarching problems across the western world. Whether it’s a male’s business shoe or a female’s glittering (open toed) 6 inch “Jimmy Choo” the human body dislikes an imbalanced foundation. The moral of the Ferris story is be kind to your spine (which is the centrepiece of your body) & wear shoes that have a consistent sole height from heel to toe.
The Egoscue Method
Developed by Peter Egoscue this posture therapy & pain management philosophy is based on the notion that the human body works properly when & only when its natural alignment is in place. Given this “Egoscue” recommends amongst other things numerous “stretches” that promote the ideal alignment. The basic stretches are shown below namely the static back extension, air bench, pillow shoulder bridge & the oddly named supine (lying face up) groin progressive in tower which is renowned as a stretch that can cure knee pain, open up hip flexors & return the pelvis to its correct position. These exercises are static stretches so you hold these stretches without movement for between 2 & 10 minutes.
Advanced Muscle Integration Theory
This practise delves into “proprioception” which is concerned with the positioning, movements & orientation of our body parts. Given this “AMIT” doesn’t focus specifically on injured joints or muscles but on reactivation of isolated muscles & on the role of the nervous system in muscle operations. This involves complex concepts & is at the cutting edge of sports science.
Active Release Technique (Art)
“Art” is a practise that uses manipulation & massage to repair soft tissue injuries and on a cursory level seems to be a “high end” blend of massage & chiropractory skills. It focuses on eradicating the scar tissue that accumulates around damaged muscles that impedes their ability to operate effectively.
Also known as “regenerative injection therapy” this title is more representative of what this therapy is about. It involves injecting non pharmaceutical agents (normally a watery glucose solution) into the damaged ligaments or tendons to trigger the “irritated” body to repair the area more vigorously, promoting new tissue growth & subsequently reduce pain. Prolotherapy is not to be confused with the steroid based pain killing “jabs” that are utilised in professional sport.
This is a sophisticated form of acupuncture that uses multiple needles with the subtle difference that a variety of natural plant based substances are injected to mitigate a specific inflammation, injury or sickness. These “catalyst cocktails” are said to stimulate the body’s internal healing systems so that the body’s own mechanisms kick into play.
As with all health therapies & recuperative regimes don’t take our word (or Tim’s) as gospel, we are just presenting options that Tim has trialled & are available for your consideration. Please engage in your own thorough investigation & decide if these health ideologies are beneficial for you.