I am proud to announce that Adfitness now offers PDTR or Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex. PDTR is a revolutionary neurological intervention allowing a practitioner to screen for, assess and correct faulty stimulus to the brain.
What does this mean?
When you are living your life you are interacting with your environment, second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour.
Your brain is constantly adapting to this environment based upon feedback from the sensory receptor system in your peripheral nervous system.
For example, when it is cold temperature receptors sense the change in temperature and send feedback to the brain via the nervous system, the brain recognises this change in temperature as cold, makes a decision on it, and then initiates a shiver response to generate heat, in order to restore your ideal body temperature.
Conversely, when it is hot your body will sense the increase in temperature and initiate a sweat response to bring your temperature back down.
The body detects the changes, it processes the information and makes a decision on what to do. It then implements a reaction based on this information and it's prior perspective. This is great; it's a helpful, normal reaction.
Likewise with pain. If you touch something hot with your hand, your nervous system recognises this as dangerous, initiates a withdrawal response and you pull your hand away quick to stop further damage being done.
But what if your nervous system started making you aware of problems that were no longer there?
What if you felt pain in your knee, even though it had healed?
What if you weren't able to lift the same amount of weight, even though you knew your back was physically better?
What if you felt uneasy and vulnerable every time you got behind the wheel of a car?
All injuries heal within 3-6 months, this is proven by research. If a problem persists after this then we no longer have a 'hardware' problem but now we have a 'software' problem.
Now, when you go to perform a movement and the nervous system references your prior knowledge of the movement, it identifies a problem. It now carries information that suggests the movement or activity might be dangerous or harmful to the body. Because of this your body may reduce your ability to do that movement or stop it all together; or may accompany the movement with a large dose of pain.
With PDTR we can screen a movement and find out which forms of information are causing a movement to become painful or problematic. We do this by firstly attempting to reduce the signal from different types of receptors.
Is this a ligament issue?
Is this a muscle issue?
Is this a nociceptor, or danger receptor?
We can use Muscle Testing to Interpret the Information the body is processing effectively and less effectively. We can then use this information to put in challenges, stimulating different sensory receptors to see which receptors are causing the issue.
When we find the root cause of the issue, the main driver behind the problem, we can produce huge changes very quickly with treatment.