Exercise And Physical Rehabilitation For The Retiree Using The Myoride Exercise Machine

The first patent that is pending on my machine is entitled MULTI-DEGREE OF FREEDOM RESISTANCE EXERCISE DEVICE. The sub-title of this patent is an exercise and physical rehabilitation machine.

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There is a difference between exercise and physical rehabilitation, especially when it comes to the retiree. And knowing what they are and when each is appropriate can make all the difference in improving the quality of fitness and health.

One of the most important matters any person will experience is loss of motion and loss of function. If we can prevent these from happening in the body and re-gain what is lost we can improve the quality of life throughout life.  So there is a great need and impetus to keep moving and being active and strong for as long as possible.

In order to do this a person has to create more motion and activity than they normally do so as to nudge the body into higher levels of function. The easiest, safest, and most effective ways to achieve this is through exercise, that is, the right kinds of exercise.

Let's first discuss exercise. But when exercise is not appropriate then we have to discuss rehabilitation. First exercise.

The very first principle of exercise is that it be safe. Safe so that there is no possibility of injury or ill-effect on health. You don't want to fall and land on a hip or fall on an arm. You don't want to sprain a ligament or break a bone. You don't want to aggravate a degenerative joint. Safety should be a strong persuasion when it comes to exercise and rehabilitation. First do no harm.

Secondly, the exercise should actually cause a slight deficit so that the body has to respond to adapt to a higher level of functioning. That is, you must push the body just past a tolerable stress threshold to the point of exhaustion. Muscle exhaustion or cardiorespiratory exhaustion. This is what creates results in exercise. An exercise must cause the body to function better not merely use up its reserves.

There are two basic types of exercise; muscle building and cardiorespiratory.

  1. Muscle building is an exercise aimed at causing a muscle to gain more muscle. It is achieved by putting more stress on a muscle group through a determined range of motion, to the point of muscle fatigue, exhaustion, or failure.

  2. Cardiorespiratory exercise is performed by activating the limbs such that the heart beats faster and harder to satisfy the oxygen debt created. The best cardiorespiratory exercise puts the systems into fatigue, exhaustion, or failure.

Both of these kinds of exercise are important for health and fitness and to allow for movement and agility throughout an active life. There are other types of exercise such as high intensity interval training, body weight training, functional fitness, medical exercise, group training, flexibility training, core training and others. But each one of these sub-categories of exercise fit into one of the two major types: A. Muscle building or B. Cardiorespiratory.

For the retiree there are certain things to consider before a serious exercise program is implemented. For our purposes we are going to discuss only cardiorespiratory exercise and there are two general categories that the retiree falls into. Those who are able and ready to exercise. Those who are not yet able due to some dysfunction.

First, the retiree who is healthy enough to engage in an exercise program. This person, no matter any factor, should be able to engage in an individually-specific exercise program, achieve the results that they have in place, and continue maintaining good health and fitness, strength, and flexibility throughout their life.

Secondly, the retiree is not able to engage in exercise. These persons should initially pursue an active physical rehabilitation before or concurrently while engaging in a specific exercise program. We must look at two general areas:

  1. How is their heart health? And not to be discouraged, improving heart health is a very important goal in a good, clinical cardiorespiratory exercise program. In a complete cardiorespiratory exercise program the major goal is to improve these physiological systems. To improve them means to stress them, the cardiac muscle and vasculature and the respiratory system, so there the body can adapt to greater levels of functioning. So the person must be physically able to pursue an exercise program.

  2. How is their limb function including bone, joint, muscle, and nerves? Can the retiree move freely before the stresses of exercise? Is there arthritis, osteoporosis, myalgia, ligamentous tears, or any other physical malady associated to moving freely? Again, with caution and a good strategy, a physical exercise program can make great gains in improving motion and quality of life.

 

Exercise and Fitness Programs for Retirees with the Myoride Exercise Machine

Considering a retiree is cleared and able to exercise then we can implement an individually-specific exercise program. That is, we can use biometrics to determine current fitness and health status, determine fitness and health goals, monitor their progress, keep them interested and active in their progress, reach their fitness and health goals, and continue leading a fully active and high quality of life.

The main premise of an exercise program is to maintain function or gain function in the physical systems (cardiac muscles, peripheral muscles, and joints), metabolic systems (Exercise Post Oxygen Consumption effects, biochemical pathways related to blood sugar metabolism, and hormone output), and brain centers (exercise has been shown to: maintain or improve cognitive function, reduce age-related dementia including Alzheimer's Disease, treat symptoms of Parkinson's Disease, lessen the severity of depression and anxiety, and reduce the negative effects of chronic stress) and improve the functions of other systems of the body.

We can create individually-specific exercise programs using the Myoride Exercise Machine; ones that are safe, time-efficient, results-oriented, measurable, enjoyable and accomplishable.

Physical Rehabilitation Programs for Retirees with the Myoride Exercise Machine

  1. Physical rehabilitation programs – for the adult that has lost physical function to any degree for any reason. These special sub-programs are designed around specific dysfunctions of the adult in the following areas:

    1. Age-related joint dysfunction – the goal of this program is to start at the already limited ranges of motion of the elbows, shoulders, knees, and hips and work to gradually increase exercising through to greater ranges of motion.

    2. Post-injury, post-surgery bone, muscle, or joint – the goal of this program is to keep a post-surgical limb or injured limb actively engaged in user-induced motion or if that is not possible, allow for continued exercise of the body until such time the limb in question is able to participate.

  2. Post-stroke rehabilitation [working in conjunction with a qualified healthcare provider] – the goal of this program is to enhance function in areas of the body which are dysfunctional because of brain injuries by allowing neurological plasticity to become re-established between the body and brain through the primitive, cross-crawl, gait-like pattern of exercise.

  3. Cardiac Exercise Rehabilitation [working in conjunction with a qualified healthcare provider] – for the adult who has experienced cardiac dysfunction and needs a safe mode of exercising and rehabilitation. This program works in conjunction with the medical physician who monitors the users cardiac health and can provide specific instructions and advice on the velocity, intensity, duration, and rest interval of cardiorespiratory exercise for the individual.

  4. Neurodegenerative Rehabilitation [working in conjunction with a qualified healthcare provider] – for the adult who experiences the effects of any neurodegenerative complication who needs safe, full-body exercise of the arms and legs to activate the brain centers in a primitive cross-crawl, gait-like pattern of exercise.

  5. Metabolic Exercise Program [working in conjunction with a qualified healthcare provider] – for the adult who needs the effects of exercise to improve metabolic pathways of the body including blood sugar regulation in the diabetic or pre-diabetic, increased Human Growth Hormone output, and other Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) effects.

The reason we are able to facilitate these types of exercise and rehabilitation programs is because of the functionality of the Myoride Exercise Machine. It is a functional exercise machine, able to be adapted to the specific person's needs which include physical, metabolic, and brain-related functions.

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The machine is designed to recline completely horizontal or is able to incline to a desired position. This allows for three main functions: 1) non-weight bearing – there is low to no upright gravitational influence on the spine or pelvis; 2) non-impact – there is no downward impact on the joints of the lower extremity; 3) horizontal blood flow – the hemodynamics of the vascular system is not under stress so the vascular system is allowed to flow easier horizontally instead of vertically.

The adjustable bi-directional resistance allows for the easiest function for rehabilitation on one end of the spectrum to the most actively engaged muscular output on the other end of the spectrum.

When it comes to either rehabilitation or exercise the most important factor is user feedback; just how is the person responding to the input? Once correct biometrics are gathered (heart rate, heart rate recovery, heart rate variability, volume of oxygen, respiration, blood pressure, range of motion, pain levels and tolerance, and any other biometrics that can be measured) then appropriate protocols can be designed and followed and then continually readjusted according to the progress or lack of progress of the person.

Today we are using which are now simple heart rate monitors to mark and measure progress for cardiorespiratory exercise training. We are incorporating them into each person's exercise program. As important, we can adjust the Myoride Exercise Machine to each individual person's program.

As newer biometric technology develops we will continue using the ones that provide the most fitness and health benefits for our exercise programs.

In summary, before an exercise program is implemented the determination of a physical rehabilitation program should be instituted using the resources outlined above. Once the dysfunction becomes more functional, then an individual-specific cardiorespiratory exercise program can be implemented.

The Myoride Exercise Machine is very capable of allowing for specific rehabilitation protocols and individual-specific cardiorespiratory exercise programs.