Training

Training and The 10 Minute Cushion

Professional Athletes all over the world are focusing on improving posture more and more. This allows them the ability to keep performing at their optimal level, consistently.

Athletic training will jar and misalign the spinal column naturally, because the spine is at the center of the body.
Athletes have also discovered that proper care of their spine allows them to achieve an optimal level of performance when training and playing as well as aiding in a pain-free or at least better recovery in-season.

A properly aligned biomechanical spinal structure allows all athletes to achieve and maintain optimal communication between the brain and the extremities for sustainable patterns and success!

Pinnacle Wellness has now become a new Authorized Retailer.

About Us

The 10 Minute CushionTM is pleased to announce that Pinnacle Wellness is a new Authorized Dealer.

The Pinnacle Advantage

Corporate Wellness makes a difference to everyone!

Corporate health and wellness programs were once considered a nice perk some companies provided for their employees. Today, smart companies know that corporate wellness programs translate into significant long-term savings.

What Pinnacle Wellness can do?

Pinnacle delivers on-site educational programming as well as individual assessments and program recommendations designed to help employees identify and address the issues affecting their health and wellness – and your company’s bottom line.
We’ll handle all aspects of program development and execution with minimal help required from your team. Our programs help your employees achieve their health goals, are simple to execute, and are measurably beneficial to your organization in the long-term.

HOW PINNACLE HELPS YOUR EMPLOYEES

Pinnacle’s corporate wellness programs focus on three areas to help employees get healthier:

  • Educating on nutrition to address weight control issues that contribute to serious illness, causing long-term disability, poor performance and high benefit costs.
  • Effectively treating acute and chronic injuries and providing relief from existing conditions that can affect workplace performance and lead to high long-term benefit consumption
  • Educating and treating to strengthen the body and prevent painful and costly future injuries from occurring

 

Contact : Steve Delaney    416-825-0435

steve.delaney@physiomed.ca        www.pinnaclewellness.ca

Training

Training in the gym/pool or outside, athletes all over the world are focusing on improving posture more and more. This allows them the ability to keep performing at their optimal level, consistently.

Athletic training will jar and misalign the spinal column naturally, because the spine is at the center of the body.
Athletes who train have also discovered that proper care of their spine allows them to achieve an optimal level of performance when training and playing as well as aiding in a pain-free or at least better recovery in-season.

A properly aligned biomechanical spinal structure allows all athletes to achieve and maintain optimal communication between the brain and the extremities for sustainable patterns and success!

A properly aligned biomechanical spinal structure allows all athletes to achieve and maintain optimal communication between the brain and the extremities for sustainable patterns and success!

“Posture affects and moderates every physiological function, from breathing to nervous system function, and despite the considerable evidence that posture affects physiology and function, the significant influence of posture on health is not addressed by most physicians.”

American Journal of Pain Management

“Changes in the optimal spinal position produce spinal pathologies and loss of function. Spinal pathologies destroy joint reflexes, arc fibers and cause nerve impedance.”

“Postural strength and coordination are essential for injury prevention and sports performance.”

Thomas Harris, MD, The Sports Medicine Guide

FitGolf becomes The National Distributer for The 10 Minute Cushion

http://www.thegolfwire.com/stories/275249

The 10 Minute CushionTM partners with FitGolf Performance Centers as the National Distributor

Toronto, Ontario The 10 Minute CushionTM announces it has selected FitGolf Performance Centers, The Golf Fitness Experts™ as their National Distributor.  As leaders in the golf fitness industry, FitGolf Performance Centers will be the lead distributor to the general public and for the fitness industry throughout the Country.

“We are eager to work with FitGolf and strengthen our presence in the US market” states Sandy Levy RMT, President of The 10 Minute CushionTM. He continues, “FitGolf brings great knowledge of the golf fitness industry and we are thrilled to partner with them.”

“We are excited to become the National Distributor for the 10 Minute CushionTM” said Fran Rosario, VP of Franchise Development for FitGolf Performance Centers.  “Each of the 35 FitGolf Performance Center locations will be able to offer it to its surrounding area.  This is a product we truly believe in and find it to be beneficial to improvements in golf and everyday life.”

FitGolf Performance Centers programs are offered in 31 locations. The company is dedicated to helping golfers from a unique angle—the golfer’s body. Based on the idea that a body limitation contributes to every swing flaw, FitGolf Performance Centers offers the most comprehensive set of golf fitness training and assessment tools to help you play better, more consistent golf with fewer aches and pains.

Information on The 10 Minute CushionTM can be found at http://the10minutecushion.com

Information on FitGolf Performance Centers can be found at http://fitgolf.com

 

The 10 Minute CushionTM:

Sandy Levy – President

647.984.2639

slevy@the10minutecushion.com

 

FitGolf Performance Centers:

Benjamin Courtright – VP of Franchise Development

610.940.3835

bcourtright@fitgolf.com

 

Clinical Trial of The 10 Minute Cushion

Clinical Trial of The 10 Minute CushionTM.

The Effectiveness of The 10 Minute CushionTM.
Start Date July 30, 2009 – Last updated July 30, 2012
Overall status: completed
Estimated Enrollment: 60
Verified by: Mr. Sandy Levy, RMT, July 30, 2012

Brief Summary

Official Title:“The Effectiveness of The 10 Minute CushionTM in Enhancing Posture and
Improving Athletic Performance in 10 minutes a day.”

Restrictions in range of motion (ROM) in the Spine due to repetitive athletic training, computer-use and sitting are some of the highest health risks/concerns of the current/aging populace. Postural discomfort in the workplace and in athletic training reduces performance and productivity. In an attempt to improve function, mobility & flexibility and reduce injury, lumbar stretching devices have made from plastic and wood, were produced to attempt to stretch and reset the lumbar spine and correct posture.

The 10 Minute CushionTM (which is foam) offers a simple means to alter posture and reduce associated strain in the spine from athletic training, computer-use and sitting by stretching the spinal/chest/anterior shoulder/hip flexor muscles and by using gravity to allow for “neutral positioning” or the natural curvature of the spine and the proper mechanical position of the torso, shoulders and neck.

The purpose of this clinical study is to determine the effectiveness on rotation in the thoracic spine as well as the measurable changes in the shoulder position.

The 10 Minute CushionTM is a low-cost solution to enhance posture, improve athletic performance as well as increase productivity in the work place.

*Study Type: Observational
*Study Primary Completion: July 30, 2012

Detailed Trial Description

20 of the Top Canadian occupations typically have workers sitting 80 percent of the day. An average of Ontario WSIB lost time claims since 1996 involve low back injury caused from work. The return to work objective for over half of these patients requires prolonged sitting at their workstations. Back pain and athletic injuries are the major contributors to time off work.

Besides personal suffering, postural discomfort in athletic training and in the workplace reduces performance and productivity, both of which can be improved by stretching the spine and correcting the posture to reduce compression on the spinal nerves.

According to Corlett (2006), other lumbar supports do not exert enough pressure on the spine in the seated position to actually change its configuration. However, the patient can alter their posture when such a device is in place as they arch their back to conform to it.

The 10 Minute CushionTM offers a simple means to alter posture and reduce associated strain on the spine and its nerves by lying over the arch of The 10 minute CushionTM for 10 minutes. This allows for gravity to stretch the muscles of the spine, chest, anterior shoulders and hip flexors by promoting the neutral standing lordotic posture. Clinically, by using a posture analysis chart, it has been shown to support the ENP or the neutral standing lordotic posture and the quantifiable effectiveness in improving functional rotation performance.

This study will help to understand why The 10 Minute CushionTM or ENP must be considered when planning a workplace return-to-work goals and to enhance productivity and to recovery from repetitive athletic strain.

Interventions Used in this Clinical Trial
Device – The 10 Minute CushionTM
– This device is placed on a bed or on a floor and against the low back when
sitting up on the ischial tuberositiy.(Sit bones)
– The patient then lies down with the white tip of the cushion to the low
back as the spine gently blends over the arch, with a pillow under the head
for support.
– Each patient was supine over the cushion for 10 minutes to obtain ENP.

•All participants performed the Seated Rotation Technique and a Goniometer
1. Seated Rotation Technique. Hips and knees are at 90°, trunk is upright and neutral, and lower body motion is reduced with a ball held between the knees.) A bar in front position requires the individual to cross their arms across their chest b) bar behind the back position requires the individual to place the palmar aspect of their hands on their stomach, fingers do not need to interlock.

2. The individual is in a seated position with their hips and knees flexed to 90° and their trunk in an upright neutral posture (not flexed, extended, side bent, or rotated). A small ball (volleyball, soccer ball) is placed between the knees and the individual is asked to maintain slight pressure on the ball by adducting the hips. The ball is used in an attempt to reduce the contribution of the lower body on spine rotation. A PVC dowel may be placed across the chest with the arms crossed over the bar. Alternatively, PVC dowel may be placed across the back, at approximately the inferior border of the scapulae. The individual is asked to place the palmar aspect of their hands on their stomach (interlocking fingers is not necessary). The bar in back position is thought to reduce the contribution from the shoulder joints on spine rotation. A foam roller was then placed between the knees and held tight

3. Regardless of bar position (bar front or back), a goniometer is aligned parallel to the ground, at the midpoint between the T1-T2 spinous processes, while using the spine of the scapula as a reference point during rotation. The stationary arm is pointed away from the side of rotation and remains in line with the starting position. The individual is instructed to maximally rotate to one side while the clinician follows this motion with the moving arm of the goniometer. Once the individual reaches end range of motion, the angle of the goniometer is noted.

4. Goniometer alignment. Goniometer is aligned parallel to the ground, between the T1-T2 spinous processes, using the spine of the scapula as a reference point. This figure depicts left rotation. The stationary arm is pointed away from the side of rotation (to the right) and remains in line with the starting position. The moving arm follows the spine of the scapula. The Goniometer is then placed at level T6 as the participant rotates left then right and each limit is measured.
The data was collected at the beginning of a trial for a baseline and then tested at 9pm at night on the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 10th day.

5. Participants used the cushion 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night, having a family member witness.

6. On average the participants increased their thoracic rotation left and right by 8 degrees.

Outcome Measures for this Clinical Trial
Primary Measures
•Functional Rotation Test- by using the Seated Rotation Technique & a Goniometer.
Baseline measurement recorded then progressed to day 3, 5, 7, 10. Measurements recorded on each day.
On average 8 degrees left and right more rotation was measured and observed in 10 days.
-Time Frame: 10 minutes (2x’s a day)
-Safety Issues: None

Secondary Measures
•Postural Quantification: measurement of orientation of space between acromian process and the floor.
-Average orientation of space measurement at 1 minute is 3-inch space.
-Average orientation of space measurement at 10 minutes is 0.5-inch space.
-Time frame: 10 minutes
-Safety Issues: None

•Golf Swing Speed Test: measurement of club head speed before/after 10 minutes on The 10 Minute CushionTM.
-Each mile per hour equals approximately 2.2-2.5 yards.
-Testing is ongoing results to be updated when available.

Criteria for Participation in this Clinical Trial
Inclusion Criteria
•Male & Female
•Between the ages of 25-65
•With or without Low Back Pain or Thoracic Restrictions

Exclusion Criteria
•Participants currently involved in rehabilitation for an acute injury.
•Participants who have spinal fusion,recent surgeries,radiculopathy,Nerve Palsy

Gender Eligibility for this Clinical Trial: Male & Female
Minimum Age Group: 25 Years
Maximum Age Group: 65 Years

Clinical Trial Investigator Information
Lead Investigator: Mr. Sandy J. Levy, RMT

Session Period

Right Side

Left Side

60 Participants had an increase in Thoracic Rotation; an average of 8 degrees in 10 Days.

8

8

Baseline

33

32

3 Days

35

34

5 Days

37

36

7 Days

39

38

10 Days

41

40

 

Visualization to Improve Performance

Many elite athletes routinely use visualization techniques as part of training and competition. There are many stories of athletes who’ve used these techniques to cultivate not only a competitive edge, but also to create renewed mental awareness, a heightened sense of well-being and confidence. All of these factors have been shown to contribute to an athlete’s sports success.

Visualization has also been called guided imagery, mental rehearsal, meditation, and a variety of other things. No matter the term, the basic techniques and concepts are the same. Generally speaking, visualization is the process of creating a mental image or intention of what you want to feel or happen.

An athlete can use this technique to “intend” an outcome of a race or training session, or simply to rest in a relaxed feeling of calm and well-being. By imagining a scene, complete with images of a previous best performance or a future desired outcome, the athlete is instructed to simply “step into” that feeling. While imagining these scenarios, the athlete should try to imagine the detail and the way it feels to perform in the desired way.

These scenarios can include any of the senses. They can be visual (images and pictures), kinesthetic (how the body feels), or auditory (the roar of the crowd). Using the mind, an athlete can call these images over and over, enhancing the skill through repetition or rehearsal, similar to physical practice.

With mental rehearsal, minds and bodies become trained to actually perform the skill imagined.

Research is finding that both physical and psychological reactions in certain situations can be improved with visualization. Such repeated imagery can build both experience and confidence in an athlete’s ability to perform certain skills under pressure, or in a variety of possible situations. The most effective visualization techniques result in a very vivid sport experience in which the athlete has complete control over a successful performance and a belief in this new “self.”

Guided imagery, visualization, mental rehearsal or other such techniques can maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your training. In a world where sports performance and success is measured in seconds, most athletes will use every possible training technique at hand.

Visualization might be one way to gain that very slim margin.