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Growing in Census and Staff: Back2Basics Outdoor Adventure Therapy Celebrates Five Year Anniversary in Business

Flagstaff, AZ (PRWEB) May 31, 2015

This May marked five years in the long-term residential alcohol and drug treatment field for Back2Basics Outdoor Adventure Therapy, located in Flagstaff, AZ.

“I think of anniversaries as a time to reflect on growth and goals,” said Keelyn Riley who has been a program therapist and staff development educator at Back2Basics for four and a half years. “We are in an optimal space of knowing what we want to offer and how we want to do it.”

Like many successful businesses, Back2Basics founder and CEO, Roy DuPrez found a hole in the system and aimed to fill it.

“Unlike other 30-day and short-term addiction treatment facilities, B2B residents are in the program for six months or more,” said DuPrez. “Our passionate staff builds relationships with each resident to help them learn the life-skills — self-worth, accountability, healthy diet, exercise, routine, team work, etc. — needed to sustain their sobriety beyond our walls.”

B2B is geared toward young adult males between the ages of 18 to 30 struggling with substance abuse. Since 2010 it has expanded in size, staff and program by developing a transition program known as Beyond the Basics for graduates of the initial six month program.

“Almost 100% of our residents stay on for Back2Basics,” said DuPrez. “These are the same young men who came to Flagstaff six months prior angry, afraid, resentful… some even kicking and screaming.”

While infrastructure has expanded one thing has remained constant said Spencer Gharrity, former B2B resident and current Residential Coordinator.

“Back2Basics has been growing, but the overall goal has been the same – help addicts truly recover.”

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Physical Therapy and Exercise Programs for Improved Functionality

As we age, our muscles tend to become weak and lose their elasticity. In order to restore and enhance the flexibility of the body, physical therapy treatments are prescribed. Physical therapy treatment procedures utilize various strengthening and stretching exercises to restore normal body functioning. Physical therapy has been found to be beneficial for people of all age groups. Physical therapy exercises are intended to help patients recover from the pain which may have resulted from injury or diseases. Problems relating to the back, spine, neck, leg or even the neuromuscular system can be treated effectively through rehabilitation programs. Physical therapy and exercise programs for improved functionality are offered at leading pain management centers.

Effective Physical Therapy Programs at a Pain Management Center

Patients who have been diagnosed with pain can approach a pain management center that offers physical therapy services. Before starting therapy, your condition will be diagnosed via an examination as well as using MRI and other diagnostics. Your therapist will then develop a treatment plan that would work best for restoring and improving your mobility. The physical therapy modalities that may be prescribed include:

Massage and Myofascial Release: This is basically a hands-on technique where gentle but sustained pressure is applied to the soft tissues of the body that will help relieve pain and bring back motion.
Ice or heat: Alternate use of hot and cold packs can provide pain relief and reduce swelling and other symptoms of muscle or joint injury. Heat therapy is found beneficial to increase blood flow to the muscles and thereby accelerate the healing process. Cold therapy in the form of ice packs can ease muscle pain, spasms and inflammation.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS): This sends small electrical pulses to the area that needs to be treated.
Ultrasound therapy: In this, high pitched sound waves are targeted on the affected area, which generate mild heat to minimize pain.
Traction: This aims to reduce muscle spasm and relieve pressure on nerves

Physical Therapy Exercises to Improve Mobility

To increase the effectiveness of the treatment, therapists may prescribe certain exercises along with the above modalities. The physical therapist and his assistants will help with different exercise programs tailored to meet the specific requirements of patients. Some of the commonly prescribed physical therapy exercises include strengthening exercise, stretching exercise, balance exercise, and endurance exercise. These days, physical therapy rehabilitation programs are commonly used for patients recuperating after surgery. Here, the therapist recommends certain exercises to restore the strength of the muscles which may have become weak. However, these physical therapy and exercise programs for improved functionality will be effective only if you consistently follow the instructions of your therapist.

HealthQuest, an established physical therapy and rehabilitation center based in Brooklyn, New York City, offers result-oriented physical therapy and rehabilitation services.

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BACK IN ACTION Tri-Zone Movement Therapy Founder Bruce Farmer M.D. Certifies Back to Basics Chiropractic P.C. for Pain Relief Program for Chronic Low Back Pain

Hillsboro, Oregon (PRWEB) June 03, 2015

Dr. Bruce Farmer, M.D., President and Founder of Fitness Therapeutics Inc and creator of BACK IN ACTION Tri-Zone Movement Therapy, a new treatment for musculoskeletal pain relief announces that Back to Basics Chiropractic P.C. is now using Dr. Famer’s ‘Back in Action’ pain relief program for chronic back pain.

Dr. Farmer developed BACK IN ACTION after a personal recurring injury to his lower back. This approach offers pain relief, rehabilitation, restores functioning, posture, aligns joints, and is entirely movement based without pain medications or surgical intervention. It is currently under study at the Oregon Health & Sciences University Department of Rehabilitation Services. Many post-operative patients with continued pain improve significantly with this program, increasing their daily activities and range of motion.

Founder of Back to Basics Chiropractic, Dr. Brian Rueben, D.C., had a total hip replacement in 2014 and credits the techniques of Dr. Farmer for restoring him to health. “These methods really work, and got me back to functioning at a normal level better than any other methods that I tried. My experience with these techniques led me to pursue certification so I can help other people. We now use the Back in Action program in our clinic. It is the movement piece we’ve been looking for.”

Dr. Rueben has been practicing chiropractic medicine for twenty-three years. The clinic now offers individual and group classes using the Back in Action1 Back Pain program, instructional DVD and color brochure.

Dr. Bruce Farmer assists people suffering from back pain individually, in groups, and offers the BACK IN ACTION Tri-Zone Movement therapy to health practitioners for their patients suffering from chronic pain. For further info visit For media inquiries contact Inspired Media Diane at dianeden(at)centurytel(dot)net.

About Bruce Farmer

Dr. Bruce Farmer, MD is Founder and President of Fitness Therapeutics Inc. and creator of BACK IN ACTION Trizone Movement Therapy™. He is a certified personal trainer (ACSM), certified corrective exercise specialist (NASM), and Wellcoach (Wellcoaches Corporation). Since suffering a severe back injury ten years ago, he has devoted his career to developing solutions for back pain relief and the restoration of fitness and wellbeing.

Dr. Farmer is the Founder and President, Fitness Therapeutics Inc., Portland, OR; 2013-present. Dr. Farmer is a Personal Trainer & Corrective Exercise Specialist and has a Masters in Theology from Western Seminary and was Associate Professor of Science and Theology at Life Pacific College in San Dimas California. He was owner and medical director of the Scappoose Family Medical Center in Scappoose Oregon and practiced Emergency Medicine through Spectrum Emergency Services throughout Oregon from 1987-1994.

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American Hearing & Balance Offers Expanded Tinnitus Therapy Options

Glendale, CA (PRWEB) May 05, 2015

Tinnitus is defined as the perception of sound where no outside source is found to exist. People affected often summarize the sound as a continual ringing, hissing, roaring, buzzing, or whooshing noise that is perceived either continuously or intermittently.

As reported by the American Tinnitus Association, tinnitus affects a projected 50 million Americans, with an additional 30 million workers at risk for developing the condition together with noise-induced hearing loss. The chronic sound of tinnitus impairs cognitive function, attention, and overall quality of life for those affected.

The good news is, while not all cases of tinnitus can be cured or alleviated, modern-day improvements in tinnitus therapy can provide much-needed and substantial relief for those afflicted with the condition.

The hearing specialists at American Hearing & Balance have developed expertise in the latest tinnitus treatments and are now offering these services to those in California. Contrary to popular belief, several tinnitus therapy alternatives exist that are generally very effective. A hearing specialist can work with individuals to find the best option for each individual case.

Treatment options include:

Treatment of an underlying medical condition, such as a blood vessel condition, can cure or alleviate tinnitus.
Hearing aids can generate the dual benefits of improving hearing and masking the tinnitus. This therapy is especially effective in those with untreated hearing loss that is causing the tinnitus.
Drug therapy, while unable to cure tinnitus, can create relief in certain circumstances with specific medications.
Sound therapy produces white noise that can mask the tinnitus, making it less bothersome. Various devices can provide sound therapy, and a hearing specialist can help patients select the best one.
For more information about tinnitus therapy, visit

About American Hearing & Balance

American Hearing & Balance is a full-service audiology practice with seven California locations. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and compassionate staff, American Hearing & Balance offers comprehensive services including hearing tests, hearing aid evaluations, custom hearing aid fittings, hearing aid cleanings, rehabilitative counseling, preventive care advice, and service and repair for all hearing aid models. With services delivered in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, American Hearing & Balance is California’s leading destination for better hearing.


Keith Michaels, Au.D.

American Hearing & Balance


Craig Koniver MD Introduces Innovative IV Nutrient Therapy for Athletes

Charleston, SC (PRWEB) March 18, 2015

The ultimate challenge for consumers is to find real health information. Stories and articles are shared every day regarding nutrition, diets, and supplements. These “factual” stories change every day (one day eating fats is in, the next day it’s out) and it is hard for the consumer to decide which is correct. This is particularly true for athletes of all types: from weekend warriors to professional athletes as the quest to understand how to optimize health and performance is daunting.

This quest is what motivates, Craig Koniver MD, an Organic Medicine Specialist, who sticks to science and common sense. While many see “medicine” or “fad diet” options as the solution to their problems, Dr. Koniver instead truly helps patients, including athletes, optimize their health and performance through natural means.

But finally, after fifteen years of working on several different natural health modalities, Dr. Koniver has created one that makes people feel different, better, more alive….immediately. The results truly showcase how one can optimize their health and performance naturally.

Dr. Koniver, whose practice is based in Charleston, SC, has recently launched FastVitaminIV™, an innovative Intravenous (IV) Nutrient Therapy initially designed for athletes to optimize their performance and health. FastVitaminIV™ allows athletes to receive the critical nutrients needed to fuel their muscles, cells and brain in a matter of minutes. FastVitaminIV™ programs are currently being developed for ‘non-athletes’ as well who can benefit from Dr. Koniver’s innovative means of IV Nutrient Therapy.

“IV Nutrient Therapy is the only direct method of getting vitamins, amino acids, minerals and other nutrients into the bloodstream quickly,” stated Dr. Koniver. “It takes no work on the part of the digestive system which is crucial as it is estimated that over 83% of the nutrients taken by mouth never get absorbed.”

Now, for the first time, athletes of any level can get all of those essential nutrients quickly, efficiently and without any concern of contaminating substances. Without these nutrients, it becomes very difficult for athletes to perform at their highest level. The result is that “extra edge” that so many athletes are looking for.

“Beyond all of the necessary exercise and practice it takes an athlete to train his or her body to compete, the muscles and cells absolutely require certain key nutrients to work at the highest efficiency,” added Dr. Koniver.

Each FastVitaminIV™ contains only sterile nutrients, is PED-free and takes three minutes to administer. FastVitaminIVs™ are administered as a “push” because speed is crucial when it comes to nutrients entering into one’s system. The faster they enter, the more immediate and longer lasting results occur. This is a breakthrough in health performance.

The benefits include being more focused, feeling more energetic, greater ability to lose weight, optimal athletic workouts, higher levels of endurance, improved memory to name a few.

Dr. Koniver recently traveled to Los Angeles to introduce the new FastVitaminIV™ to a select number of Olympic and Professional Athletic Trainers and other fitness enthusiasts. There are currently FastVitaminIV™ programs being created for both collegiate and professional sports teams with the goal to help individual athletes and teams compete at the highest level.

“It is exciting to see athletes really being able to be true peak performers by utilizing FastVitaminIV™ and helping them achieve these very high levels of success is gratifying,” added Dr. Koniver.

For more information on Dr. Koniver and his FastVitaminIV™ program, please visit

Exploration of Creative Pediatric Aquatic Therapy Techniques Topic of HydroWorx Sponsored Webinar

Middletown, PA (PRWEB) March 10, 2015

Children who require physical therapy in response to chronic conditions, accidents or progressive diseases represent a unique patient segment. Unlike their older counterparts, they possess very specific needs. These include, but are not limited to: being smaller in stature than adult patients; having shorter attention spans than older clientele; possessing less inherent strength than adults; and having fewer life experiences from which to draw upon in a rehab setting. Additionally, pediatric clients’ bodies are still developing. These realities must be kept in mind when instituting physical therapy processes with younger patients; they are also part of the reason that many pediatric physical therapists choose aquatic therapy as one of their preferred rehabilitation modalities.

Warm water therapy pools with integrated variable-depth treadmill floors, resistance jets, deep tissue massage capabilities and safety bars provide a safe environment in which pediatric patients can work on meeting functional milestones. Reaching prescribed aquatic therapy goals may then help younger clients transition to land-based activities and even heighten mental functioning, as in the case of pediatric patients who are trying to achieve augmented focus and intellectual stamina. However, the key to working with the pediatric population is to encourage patients using age-appropriate, innovative exercises that stimulate learning and promote enthusiasm.

Amy Arruda, DPT, ATRIC, is the Director of Aquatics at Leg Up Farm, a Pennsylvania-based non-profit therapy center specializing in assisting special needs children. Arruda will be sharing her experiences as a leader in the emerging field of innovative pediatric aquatics during a one-hour webinar sponsored by HydroWorx on Thursday, March 12, 2015, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. E.D.T. The webinar, “Pediatric Aquatic Therapy: Improving Outcomes by Integrating Play and Creativity,” will provide participants with a unique look into the methods utilized by Arruda and her team at Leg Up Farm.

Participants of “Pediatric Aquatic Therapy: Improving Outcomes by Integrating Play and Creativity” will benefit from learning:

    Effective, creative aquatic therapy protocols that keep children engaged in their pool therapy sessions from beginning to end.
    How to customize programs to meet the individual needs of children with a wide variety of conditions.
    How to make land-to-water and water-to-land transitions for pediatric patients.
    Case studies from Leg Up Farm in which aquatic therapy has been successfully used to increase the progress for pediatric clientele.

Arruda brings a wealth of expertise to this event. After Arruda received her MSPT and DPT, she began working in the physical therapy field. She joined the Leg Up Farm team in 2011 and has since achieved an Aquatic Therapy Certification from the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute in 2013. Arruda appreciates opportunities such as this webinar, as they allow her to share her experiences with others in an effort to help all pediatric patients.

Registration for ““Pediatric Aquatic Therapy: Improving Outcomes by Integrating Play and Creativity” is free. Interested attendees can register at

About HydroWorx®

Since the late 1990s, HydroWorx has manufactured aquatic therapy pools with built-in underwater treadmills to enable physical therapists to more effectively offer their patients the opportunity to increase range of motion, decrease risk of falls and joint stress, and remain motivated through the rehab process.

Products such as the HydroWorx 2000 and 500 Series therapy pools have revolutionized the face of aquatic therapy; in fact, HydroWorx technology is used by world-class facilities like the renowned Kennedy Krieger Institute and The Andrews Institute, as well as physical therapy clinics across the country.

HydroWorx offers a wide range of underwater treadmill pools and peripheral products and services. Every day, more than 23,000 athletes and patients use HydroWorx technology to recover from injuries and health conditions.

More information about HydroWorx upcoming and past webinars can be found at

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Fighting Falls Balance and Stability Program Thriving at Cape Cod Rehab Physical Therapy & Fitness

Mashpee, MA (PRWEB) January 23, 2015

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of 3 adults (aged 65 and older) falls every year. Physical activity is a major factor in keeping good health and maintaining independence through the aging process. Fighting Falls, a balance and stability program at Cape Cod Rehab Physical Therapy & Fitness, was designed to develop balance, coordination, flexibility, and strength to reduce the risk of falls and improve activities of daily living.

The four week Fighting Falls program begins with baseline testing and discussions of risk factors followed by exercises targeting balance and posture. The number of participants in each group is limited to provide more individualized attention for each member.

Mashpee Fitness Center member, Marcia Thompson, was extremely happy to go through the Fighting Falls program. “[The instructor] Alan Harrison did an excellent job of tailoring exercises to each individual so that there was a sense of accomplishment no matter the level of achievement.”

Another participant, Ina Schlobohm, said, “Our instructor was thorough in his explanations of the relevance of the exercises we were doing and was patient with all of our questions. I am certainly going to continue with the exercises prescribed, in the hope that things don’t deteriorate but maintain status quo and perhaps even improve.”

Part of the Mission of Cape Cod Rehab is to help people improve their performance in everyday activities, sports and recreation. The number of individuals who incur a fall is at a staggering high (over 2.5 million in 2013) therefore the Fighting Falls program was born.

Joe Carroll PT DPT SCS, owner of Cape Cod Rehab, had this to say; “This past year we lost my mother due to complications that developed after a fall that fractured her hip and humerus. I’ve decided to put greater resources into our Fighting Falls program with the goal of preventing these devastating injuries and maintaining healthy lives.”

Cape Cod Rehab is taking a pro-active approach to try to identify those who may be at risk or those who may have had an injury that has weakened them, making them a greater fall risk. There is quite a bit of ongoing research on studying not only the causes of falls, but also what types of interventions can help those at risk for falls.

Carroll has invested in the HUMAC Balance System and placed one of these high tech devices in each of Cape Cod Rehab’s three locations. Rob Potash, Vice President of CSMi, the company that developed the HUMAC Balance System stated, “HUMAC Balance was developed for physical therapists to address the rising increase and cost of senior falls. Every 17 seconds, an older adult will go to the ER due to a fall related injury.”

The device uses force plates and biofeedback for testing to measure a person’s ability to balance themselves under different standardized protocols. Potash continued to say, “The most effective single fall prevention intervention is exercise, but first one needs to identify the weakness to prescribe the appropriate training.”

Physical Therapists and trainers are then able to use the data gathered with the HUMAC Balance System to develop a treatment program of strengthening and balance exercises. Results are stored and each training session is able to give feedback to track progress.

Last month Cape Cod Rehab formed a HUMAC Balance Team with representatives from each of its 3 locations. The team’s focus is on research, analyzing data from the program and looking into ways to constantly improve Fighting Falls.

Thompson added, “In the long run, teaching good balance is a win/win class for both the participants and the rest of the population at large. Being aware of balance and working to improve it has to be one of the most important aspects of life seniors can work on.”

Locally owned and operated for over 25 years, Cape Cod Rehab specializes in the Burdenko Method, Orthopedic and Sports Injury Physical Therapy, medical exercise prescription, along with the conditioning and training of athletes. With locations in Mashpee, Hyannis, and Osterville, their motto is “Getting you back on your feet and into the game!” For more information visit

Bridgetown Physical Therapy Begins New Rehabilitation Program for Cancer Survivors This December

Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) December 09, 2014

As of Dec. 1, Bridgetown Physical Therapy and Training Studio now offers cancer survivors a rehabilitation program for overcoming the physical barriers resulting from cancer treatment. Lead by Doctor Mark Hatfield, PT, DPT, the program helps survivors transition into a long term recovery and return to normal life activities.

As musculoskeletal experts, physical therapists are trained to identify dysfunction in the body and restore movement. Cancer survivors have unique physiological changes following cancer treatment that affects physical activity and movement. At Bridgetown Physical Therapy and Training Studio each client receives an individual plan of care with respect to their cancer treatment and medications. The program includes evidence-based exercises specifically for cancer survivors during and following cancer treatment. Additionally, it designs a long term home exercise plan.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) have developed physical activity guidelines for cancer survivors as a result from a growing body of research that shows multiple benefits of exercise. These benefits include improvements in survival rates, physical function, aerobic capacity, strength, flexibility, quality of life, and less fatigue. There is also consistent evidence that exercise is safe during and after cancer treatment.

“I believe our clinic is a perfect platform for this population,” said co-owner Mark Hatfield. “It provides specialized medical care in a clean and enjoyable private gym environment.”

About Bridgetown Physical Therapy and Training Studio

Bridgetown Physical Therapy and Training Studio is an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic in Southwest downtown Portland. They treat a wide range of injuries and body parts. The physical therapists also offer personal training to previous patients and the general public. They are on most insurance panels for reimbursement of physical therapy care. Additionally, they validate parking for their patients, which makes commuting to downtown easy and without stress.

For more information, please visit

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Integrated Health Yoga Therapy Introduces Holistic Health Consultant Certification to Meet the Needs for a New Medical Model

(PRWEB) November 26, 2014

As part of Integrated Health Yoga Therapy’s ( new Holistic Health Consultant Certification Program (!holistic-health-consultant/cojj), IHYT welcomes new faculty member macrobiotic expert and natural health counsellor, teacher, and researcher John Kozinski (, whose unique macrobiotic program for health, in the spirit of IHYT’s own integrative philosophies, combines “the best of eastern and western approaches to food, nutrition, health, and healing with a contemporary interpretation.”

John Kozinski brings vast experience having taught and counselled over 38 years both in his own Macrobiotic Family Practice and as a senior faculty member at an international natural health institute with over 27 years uninterrupted tenure (1986-2013). He has aided thousands of people in their recovery from/improvement within a wide variety of conditions such as cancer, heart disease, chronic fatigue, diabetes, hypoglycemia, inflammatory bowel syndrome, and mood disorders. He also trained many macrobiotic teachers and counsellors working in the field today. He has appeared on television and radio, written numerous articles on the topic of natural health and healing, and created an extensive series of macrobiotic health education CD’s and DVD’s. John maintains a teaching and counselling practice in Massachusetts while travelling extensively to assist in natural health programs and counselling.

John’s macrobiotic program for health draws on his wealth of experience and research, truly flowing from the holistic notion of whole body health and healing. It carefully interweaves strands of Chinese medicine, modern nutrition, allopathic medical approaches, Ayurvedic medicine, eastern and western herbal remedies, the energetic healing arts of Quigong/Do In and yoga, and his ongoing practice and teaching of shiatsu massage. Both conventional and alternative healing modalities have been a part of his sweeping, meticulous, ongoing research and study as he works to incorporate and integrate best practices concerning natural health care methodology and diagnosis.    

The term Macrobiotics refers to a philosophy of living applied to diet, lifestyle, and healing therapies to not only address individual conditions but to help optimize each person’s ability to create, in the course of life, their own greatest experience of physical and mental health. While its philosophies and practices were developed and popularized in Japan although based also upon Chinese traditions such as principle of balance known as yin and yang, it is important to understand that macrobiotics represents the way all indigenous cultures ate, and to a large extent, the way most populations on the planet ate prior to the industrial revolution. Modern Macrobiotics originated with George Ohsawa who introduced these oriental philosophies and practices to the West in the mid-20th century. Among his disciples was Michio Kushi who was instrumental in developing and refining North American Macrobiotics practice out of Massachusetts through the Kushi Institute.

Balance is the key element in Macrobiotics practice, but on a more basic level it presents a dietary model in which grains (preferably whole) and vegetables (preferably local) dominate and other foods play a minor role or are avoided completely. This latter group includes meats, animal fats, eggs, poultry, dairy products, refined sugars, tropical fruits and fruit juices, coffees and stimulant teas, hot spices, processed foods and refined grains and flours. The middle of the pyramidal model includes beans, seeds, nuts, and natural sweets in moderate amounts. The model is a basic representation of a more complicated system in which all foods inherently express a level of both yin and yang, with some being more balanced than others. Whole grains and vegetables represent the most inherently balanced foods, but through knowledge and practice a healthy Macrobiotic diet can also achieve balance through the juxtaposition of contrasting yin and yang foods within the same meal. Relaxed eating and proper chewing are also important aspects of a healthy Macrobiotics diet.

Diet may be the key element of Macrobiotics but Macrobiotics is not limited to diet. Sleep, exercise, exposure to fresh air, sunlight, and green plants, right down to intricate details about how we wash, dress, and order our homes and meals all find a place in Macrobiotics philosophy and practice as part of seeking a balanced lifestyle in which to maximize one’s experience of physical and mental health.

Integrated Health Yoga Therapy, both through its new Holistic Health Consultant Certification Program, and its addition of Macrobiotics expert John Kozinski to the IHYT staff, is dedicated to helping educate those to who want to help others find their best selves and live their best lives. For other exciting certifications and workshops, from bodywork and massage to yoga therapy, check out!training-programs/cnnj.

About Integrated Health Yoga Therapy

IHYT is a yoga therapy school for a wide range of health professionals whose practices might benefit from the skill-sets and philosophy underlying therapeutic yoga. Yoga therapy is becoming more and more recognized and utilized by the medical-scientific community as a safe and effective complementary therapy and treatment in a wide range of conditions. IHYT offers a carefully selected curriculum of evidence-based educational programs taught by faculty who are leaders in their respective fields, as outlined on our website at

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ACTIVATE’s Unique Approach to ADHD Therapy Corroborated by Recent Studies

New Haven, Connecticut (PRWEB) November 04, 2014

A new study from Michigan State University concludes that 30 minutes of exercise each morning can dramatically improve ADHD symptoms in children. The study corroborates the physical exercise portion of C8 Sciences’ ACTIVATE™ program and provides invaluable clues as to the proper path forward in ADHD therapy.

C8 Sciences and independent ADHD therapy researchers have long suspected a link between physical exercise and cognitive health. The MSU study confirms that symptoms such as inattentiveness, mood swings, and poor social skills can be improved with just 30 minutes of physical activity each morning before school. The study took place over a 12-week period and examined 200 elementary-school students, some of whom showed signs of ADHD and some of whom did not.

The findings were decisive. All participants in the physical exercise program showed improvement, but the benefits were especially marked in those with symptoms of ADHD. Researchers were quick to point out that more studies would be needed for further clarification, but the early evidence points to an important link between exercise and beneficial impact.

Cognitive training programs like ACTIVATE™ incorporate physical exercise as part of a balanced, thorough approach to ADHD therapy. ACTIVATE™’s physical activity program was designed by Dr. Jinxia Dong, whose expertise comes both from her years as a Chinese national gymnast and her research work at Peking University. The programs are designed to increase neuroplasticity and improve cognitive skills using a different set of tools from the computer-based ACTIVATE™ software.

In both anecdotal evidence from users of ACTIVATE™ and independent ADHD studies, the results have been overwhelming. Recent research from the University of Illinois demonstrated a causal relationship between physical activity and improved executive control. The development of executive function in children with ADHD often lags behind their peers, contributing to a lack of self-control, increased distractibility, and poorer cognitive flexibility.

Programs such as ACTIVATE™ hone in on physical activity as an important part of reducing ADHD symptoms in children. Though computer-based training, medication, and social therapies can all do wonders when it comes to improving neuroplasticity, exercise is a crucial step in the process. Not only does it benefit a child’s overall health, it can be of exceptional benefit in taming distraction.

ACTIVATE™’s physical activity program remains the standard by which similar programs are judged. Developed with guidance from physical education teachers and experts, the program focuses on a variety of exciting and challenging skills that start simple before growing more complex. Over 100 different activities and exercises are included, all of which aim to improve social intelligence, emphasize cooperation, and reduce ADHD symptoms in children.

At a time when more than 10 percent of American children are diagnosed with ADHD and schools nationwide are underemphasizing physical education, programs like ACTIVATE™ are more important than ever. ACTIVATE™ is not intended as a substitute for proper medication, but rather as an adjunctive therapy that can enhance an ADHD student’s ability to learn, thrive, and function. As more evidence comes to light, researchers at C8 Sciences vow to incorporate the latest findings into their approach to ADHD therapy.