Stress is considered one of the leading causes of disease(s) in the United States, with millions of Americans suffering from this silent and deadly killer.
There are three (3) basic types of stress: Emotional, Chemical, and Physical.
Chemical stress – coffee, alcohol, drugs, acidic foods, sugars
Mental stress – work or family issues
Physical stress – repetitive movements, asymmetries, or trauma
Nitric Oxide Release
Nitric oxide (NO) reduces and lowers stress hormones (Cortisol), breaks down lactic acid, (sore muscles), and helps with circulation (vasodilation). Nitric oxide became recognized in the 1990s when it was named the molecule of the decade. In 1998, three scientists received the Nobel Prize for their work on the relationship of nitric oxide and the cardiovascular system: Furchgott; Ignarro; and Murad.
Nitric Oxide Release (NOR) patent-pending stretches are a well-coordinated series of stretches that untwist the fascia which results in an increased release of nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide is a short-lived molecule that has long-lasting physiological effects on the cardiovascular, immune, and nervous systems. It plays an important role in vasodilation and in the regulation of arterial blood pressure as well as reducing the tension on the fascia.
Active (NOR) Stretches
Trauma, such as sports injuries, car accidents, surgeries, repetitive stress injuries, or just habitual poor posture has cumulative effects on the body and causes the fascia to twist. Fascial restrictions can cause all kinds of symptoms that produce pain. These restrictions affect our flexibility and stability and play a critical role in our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities.
Fascia restrictions do not always appear on standard tests like (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.). Therefore, a high percentage of people suffering from pain and dysfunction may have undiagnosed or misdiagnosed fascial problems. The Active (NOR) is safe, unique, efficient, and effective at the reduction of stress and fascial tension.
The Fascial Twist
The TWIST is a physical manifestation of the three types of stresses placed on the fascia. This twist is often subtle and not seen and/or ignored until it produces pain or dysfunction. The Twist affects all movements of the body from the cervical spine down to the toes.
Fascia is the biological fabric that holds our body together by a connective tissue network. Fascia is a spider web of fibrous, sticky proteins that bind us together in proper placement. It is essential in the balance between stability and mobility; crucial for performance, and it’s critical in recovery from injury and disability.
A great way to picture fascia is to picture the white part of an orange when you peel it. Fascia is very densely woven. It covers and interpenetrates every muscle, bone, nerve, artery, and vein, as well as all our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain, and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption.
The entire body is connected by fascia. In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It can stretch and move without restriction. When chemical, physical and emotional stress causes scarring or inflammation, the fascia loses its pliability and becomes twisted. It becomes tight, restricted, and the primary source of tension in the body.