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The benefits of Gyrotonic for people with Parkinson's and Chronic Pain


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A major challenge for people with Parkinson’s is quality of movement. Gyrotonic Expansion System®, focuses on the mobilisation of the spine and joints to effectively ease pain and eliminate restrictions in the body. Its three-dimensional circular, spiralling and elongated movements stimulate the nervous system to become more aware of increased equilibrium. By blending elements of dance, gymnastics, swimming, Yoga and Tai Chi, and with skilled guidance, virtually anyone can perform Gyrotonic exercise, regardless of age or neurological challenges. People in chronic pain can experience great benefits too. Gyrotonic exercises are performed on the Pulley Tower Combination Unit, a unique piece of equipment which is fully adjustable to meet the needs of people with varying body types and levels of strength. The curvilinear pulley system allows a practitioner to provide the patient’s body with a gentle resistance imparted through cables that confidently support the upper or lower extremities. Users’ movements are intentionally guided, so the nervous system is encouraged to learn and participate. Abdominal and core muscles are engaged, allowing the spine to move in all directions. Tension once locked in the body is released and you begin to experience movement as never before. Benefits for people with Parkinson’s include: Building and enhancing core and spine strength and mobility Increasing flexibility, coordination and balance through neuromuscular reorganization and integration Alleviating poor posture and restoring structural integrity through the application of alignment principles Enhancing joint mobility and articulation Promoting long, strong and lean muscles with both strength and maximum flexibility Restoring proper body function and integration of all systems: muscular, skeletal, respiratory, circulatory and nervous Gyrotonic Expansion System® and Chronic Pain Despite years of research, chronic pain is still poorly understood. Chronic pain can be linked back to a specific injury, a serious infection - or it may have no known cause at all. Some of the most common types of chronic pain are caused by low-back pain, arthritis, Fibromyalgia, nerve damage, or scoliosis. How Does GYROTONIC® Help Ease Chronic Pain? The Gyrotonic method enables you to open up the joints and the surrounding soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia) to help return the body to a dynamic state of health. Hip or Knee Replacement GYROTONIC® restores optimal range of motion. It also creates balance, stability, and strength three-dimensionally around the joint. Fibromyalgia The GYROTONIC® system provides gentle movement practice helping restore the natural flow of cerebrospinal fluid. Exercises help calm and regulate the nervous system. Scoliosis Movement starts from the spine outwards so muscles that surround the spine are worked to encourage proper alignment. Gyrotonic exercise can also give exceptional relief after spinal surgery, a herniated/degenerative disc, and helps with rheumatoid arthritis. If you are dealing with Parkinson’s or living with chronic pain, the GYROTONIC® Method can help. Trained GYROTONIC® instructor, Hayley Oxley, creates personalised sessions tailored to your needs. If you live in or around Hove, Brighton why not get in touch?

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