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FitWAR Strength & Conditioning System

The Strength and Conditioning System of FitWAR – Fitness, Wellness & Athletic Rehabilitation – has been
designed with a primary focus on combining that System with physical therapy, chiropractic care, and nutrition
prescription. Our certified conditioning coaches work in conjunction with our affiliated medical doctors and
physical therapists to help the client establish and implement a complete and progressive exercise System.

This is how the System works:

  • The candidate is seen by a physician and, depending on his/her physical condition, is prescribed
    physical therapy and/or chiropractic care.
  • Together we establish the client’s strength and conditioning protocol, which will be implemented by the
    client’s coach.
  • Periodically the client will be re-evaluated by either the doctor or physical therapist, which will track the
    client’s progress and consult with the conditioning coach to assure proper progression of the System.

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Physical Therapy

Physical therapy (or physiotherapy), often abbreviated PT, is a health care profession which aims the physical treatment and management of disease or condition which enables people to reach their maximum potential. ‘Physical therapists’ (or physiotherapists) are primary healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities as well as they would like in their daily lives. Physical therapists examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented Systems for healthier and more active lifestyles, providing services to individuals and populations to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout the lifespan. This includes providing services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, disease or environmental factors. Functional movement is central to what it means to be healthy.

“Physical Therapy.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 27 June 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_therapy>.

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Chiropractic Care

The practice of chiropractic medicine involves a range of diagnostic methods including skeletal imaging, observational and tactile assessments, and orthopedic and neurological evaluation. A chiropractor may also refer a patient to an appropriate specialist, or co-manage with another health care provider. Common patient management involves spinal manipulation (SM) and other manual therapies to the joints and soft tissues, rehabilitative exercises, health promotion, electrical modalities, complementary procedures, and lifestyle counseling.

“Chiropractic.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 27 June 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiropractic>.

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Nutrition

Our philosophy is simple : To positively change people’s lives. FitWAR’s Nutrition is dedicated to an honest, effective, real-life approach to achieving total health. The goal is to empower people to take control of their health, transform their body, positively changing their lives.
In an industry that’s full of hype and misleading information, FitWAR Nutrition will be a voice of integrity, honesty, and character.

MAT(Muscle Activation Technique)

Muscle activation refers to the process of `jumpstarting` the muscle. The goal of Muscle Activation Techniques is to identify the position of weakness and the muscles that are inhibited, and then to activate these muscles – basically switch them back on. For a more simplistic approach to understand muscle function, compare the body to a car. The initiation of a muscle contraction occurs similarly to the way a battery initiates the starting of a car. Both rely on connections that transfer electrical energy to produce a reaction. The nerves that run from the spinal cord to the muscle are just like the cables that run from the ignition to the battery. When the key is turned in the ignition, the impulses transfer through the cables to the battery allowing the car to start. Similarly, in the body, when a message is sent from the brain, the input is transferred through the nerves to the muscles creating muscle contraction. Each muscle is independently innervated; therefore it can be seen as having many batteries, each connected by its own independent cables. When the body is functioning properly, with all batteries connected, each muscle will contract on demand and the body will function very efficiently.

Many times, due to factors such as stress, trauma or overuse the neurological connections may become altered, creating a reaction in the body similar to that of loose battery cables in your car. When the brain sends a message for a muscle to contract, the muscle does not respond immediately, creating increased demand on other muscles to perform the desired movement. The result becomes what we know as compensation. Over time, these compensation patterns create altered alignment in the joint, leading to joint instability and abnormal wear on the joint surfaces. The end result becomes pain and eventually osteoarthritis. The progressive degeneration has been correlated with aging. If identified and properly addressed, it does not have to occur.

Muscle Activation Techniques. Web. 27 June 2011. <http://www.muscleactivation.com>.

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On-Staff Physiatrist

Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) or physiatry, or rehabilitation
medicine, is a branch of medicine
that aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of
life to those with physical impairments or disabilities. A physician
having completed training in this field is referred to as a
physiatrist or rehab medicine specialist. In order to be a physiatrist
in the United States, one must complete four years of medical school,
one year of internship, and three years of residency. Physiatrists
specialize in restoring optimal function to people with injuries to
the muscles, bones, tissues, and nervous System (such as stroke
patients).

Physical medicine and rehabilitation involves the management of
disorders that alter the function and performance of the patient.
Emphasis is placed on the optimization of function through the
combined use of medications, physical modalities, physical training
with therapeutic exercise, movement & activities modification,
adaptive equipment and assistive device, orthotics (braces),
prosthesis, and experiential training approaches.

Common conditions that are treated by physiatrists include amputation,
spinal cord injury, sports injury, stroke, musculoskeletal pain
syndromes such as low back pain, fibromyalgia, and traumatic brain
injury. Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation involves optimizing function in
those afflicted with heart or lung disease. Chronic pain management is
achieved through a multidisciplinary approach involving psychologists,
physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, and
interventional procedures when indicated. In addition to the previous
methodology, stroke is often treated with the help of a speech
therapist and recreational therapist when possible.

“Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 27 June 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_medicine_and_rehabilitation>.

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