All Lectures are from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the AST Clinic
The Truth About Cholesterol & The Most Important Heart Tests You Should Have to Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease
Diamond Fernandes, BSc, ACSM CES®, NSCA CSCS®
Founder and Director of the Heart Fit ClinicOver 50% of heart attacks occur with people with normal cholesterol profiles. Learn about the truth about cholesterol and really what causes heart attacks and strokes. In this talk, you will learn:
- Why over 50% of people who have heart disease have normal cholesterol profiles.
- Why all bad LDL cholesterol is not so bad and why the good HDL cholesterol is not all good.
- 3 vital heart tests you must have to prevent a heart attack or stroke
- When your should and when you should not be on cholesterol lowering drugs
- 5 powerful steps that you can take to prevent and reverse heart disease.
Strengthen Your Core With Breath
Dr. Jennifer Teasdale DC and Dr. Shereen Kangarloo DCDid you know that we take approximately 24,000 breaths per day and most of us do not do it properly! Proper breathing mechanics play a huge role on our ability to active our core muscles. Without the ability to properly activate our diaphragm, we can never adequately train our core and build core strength. The ability to breathe correctly can give us that competitive advantage, decrease neck, back and shoulder pain, as well as, return to activity with a lower risk of injury. Join Dr. Jennifer Teasdale and Dr. Shereen Kangarloo as they present to you step by step breathing techniques that will strengthen your core and help keep you injury-free in your athletic pursuits and your health and wellness goals. This hands-on lecture is for anyone with chronic headaches, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, all recreational and high level athletes, anyone with respiratory conditions, as well as, anyone who has ever been pregnant or has had abdominal surgery.\
Muscle Activation Technique
Sarah KundersmaJoin Sarah Kundersma as she introduces MAT – a revolutionary treatment NEW to Active Sports Therapy! Muscle Activation Techniques™ (MAT™) is a systematic approach that targets pain at its source through a revolu-tionary set of checks and balances that result in increased stability and mobility. It resets the neuromuscular imbalances the body exhibits. MAT™ was developed by Greg Roskoff, a biomechanics expert, who has worked as a consultant for the Denver Broncos, the Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz. WHY DOES MAT™ WORK? MAT™ does not treat pain but rather uses it as an indicator that something is wrong. From a muscular point of view, body pain results from stronger muscles being “ tight” be-cause they are overworked to compensate for the weak there by causing misalignment. By “ reactivating” weak muscles, body symmetry is restored. The result is pain re-duction and improved performance levels, including: greater range of motion, increased joint stability, reduced muscle fatigue, and faster muscle recovery. HOW IS IT DONE? Certified specialists look for asymmetries in the body through a range of motion exam. The weak muscles are targeted through manual palpations and positional isometric contractions. EVERYONE CAN BENEFIT? Individuals can expect reduced pain, improved range of motion and the ability to return to living life as opposed to sitting on the sidelines.
Active Isolated Stretching
Michelle Nay BSc. PT, MCPAJoin Active Sports Therapy’s Physiotherapist, Michelle Nay for an evening of active isolated stretching. – a technique new to the clinic! This specific technique often referred to as “Aaron Mattes” exercises, promote range of motion, restore or develop brain-muscle connectivity, and increase muscle strength, as the bodies soft tissues, including fascia, tendons, and ligaments. These gentle stretching movements can invigorate the circulatory, respiratory, and neuromuscular systems, which help alleviate many of the symptoms of stress as well. Flexibility and proper stretching have played a very important role for enhancing performance, rehabilitation and wellness. Physiological benefits of optimal stretching:
- Improves oxygenation and nutrition of myofascial structures promoting growth and repair.
- Stimulates the circulation and drainage of lymph, which helps eliminate metabolic wastes
- Improves health and flexibility of muscles, tendons and ligaments
- Breaks down the friction and “gluing” among fascial sheathes.
- Separates fibrosis and breaks down adhesions that may result from trauma or inflammation
- Realigns collagen fibers
- Reduces muscle spasm
- Reduces the risk of muscle strain and tear
- Athletes reach peak performance sooner and sustain it longer
- Muscles respond more quickly and powerfully
- Performance is improved with reduced chance of injury
- Muscle stiffness is reduced as excess lactic acid build up is removed
- Athletes recuperate more quickly
- Reduction in spasms, splinting, and tension as a result of ischemia
- Athletes increase their career span and level of performance.