Who is DCT™ for?
- Teenagers & Young Adults
- Weekend Warriors
- Baby Boomers
- Post-Operation /Rehabilitative Patients
- Preventative & Pre-Surgical Care Patients
- Sports & Performance Athletes
Teenagers & Young Adults:
The youth of our nation are becoming more and more susceptible to the dangerous effects of increased tension, limited flexibility and joint dysfunction. Whether from increased activity or decreased activity the end result is the same. Our children are dealing with injuries and pain that previously were reserved for those sometimes twice their age or more. It has become increasingly important for young adults to be educated on how to resolve postural problems and increase their flexibility. While the risk for greater injury has increased, so too has the potential for greater success in performance and health. When a teenager is given responsibility for their own health, through education and a physical discipline like DCT™, they are given the opportunity to mitigate or eliminate future health problems.
The modern day working adult is faced with daily activities that are at the core the Health Care Crisis. Sitting upwards of 10-12 hours a day, constant typing, and huge amounts of stress all contribute to acute and chronic neck and lower back pain and a myriad of other injuries. The latest figure from the National Health Institute is that over 66% of Americans suffer from back pain. As we step into an even greater technological era where less and less movement is needed to meet our basic needs for survival the importance of a program like DCT™ becomes even more clear. Adults constitute the largest demographic that use DCT™ to improve their quality of life. Learning to incorporate short 5-15 min DCT™ workouts in their workdays or post exercise makes it easy to get a handle on their chronic pain injuries and prevent future problems. Many of our adult clientele find themselves inactive following surgeries or traumatic injuries without a clear map to recovery. The greatest asset of the DCT™ program is its ability to teach anyone how to feel what is going on in their body and how to use body awareness to help them navigate their recovery themselves.
The Weekend Warrior is the type A individual who works 9-14 hours a day during the week and is training for the Iron Man on the weekends! We are exaggerating a bit, but not really. The weekend warrior demographic is always dealing with nagging injuries due to an extreme imbalance in their sedentary often stressful workweek and their high intensity training or workouts on the weekends. The body is designed to tolerate regular activity well, if you stress your body in a particular way often enough your physiology will shift to accommodate that activity. “Form follows function,” is the famous adage from Dr. Wolfe, also known as Wolfe’s Law. This means that someone who is working at a desk or driving 50 hours per week and training intensely for 5 hours on the weekend is going to have a body that is 10 times more suited to sitting than anything else. This imbalance leads to chronic and sometimes traumatic acute injuries in the body. In order to resolve this imbalance DCT™ exercises can be done quickly and efficiently during the week so that the body is prepared for the sudden shift in activity on the weekend.
Children of Rock and Roll, you know who you are! You are the ones who are pretending that time actually doesn’t exist and that bungee jumping and kite boarding are totally appropriate for the 60 something’s of the world. You are a class of your own and need to be treated as such, here’s why. As we age the need for constant activity increases exponentially. A week off from activity for someone in their 30’s, while bad for business, is not even close to as detrimental as it is for a person in their 60’s. Of course there are many factors that dictate how well a Baby Boomer can handle inactivity, diet and nutrition, baseline fitness level, and even genetics. However it is the Boomer’s mental state that is the critical piece. Physical strength and function have everything to do with motivation, of which you have in abundance. Frustration is your greatest enemy and injury is the mother of frustration. Many people in their 60’s and early 70’s have everything under control until they encounter their first acute injury that gets them off their feet and out of their routine for longer than a week. The journey back to baseline can be arduous and frustrating, and know what the right path to take in terms of your recovery can be murky and confusing. DCT™ is an incredible resource in that it is used in conjunction with almost every other modality to maximize results and get you back to the activities you love. DCT™ helps keep you moving, and your key to success is to never stop moving!
DCT for seniors is incredible when clearance has been given by a doctor for physical activity and mild – moderate resistance training. Seniors are generally classified as people in the age range greater than 65, however this number is being challenged by the Baby Boomers and an extraordinarily active elder population. However, should you fall within the seniors classification it is very important to check with your doctor concerning any health issues you may have that can be exacerbated by mild – moderate activity. DCT™ has exercises for people of any physical fitness level, from the professional athlete to the post-operative rehabilitative patient, however, as with all forms of exercise and therapy there are inherent dangers when other systems in the body are compromised. If you are concerned with your ability to safely work with a DCT™ Practitioner we suggest that you contact us directly and we can advise you on how to proceed. (Before contacting us make sure to communicate with your doctor first.)
DCT™ was developed by a Physical Therapist and was originally used to rehabilitate chronic injuries that were not responding well to traditional forms of therapy. However, as the technique evolved over the past thirteen years, it was discovered that post-op and rehabilitative patients recovered more quickly when incorporating DCT™ into their recovery plan. Accordingly, DCT™ protocols were created to work with post-operative and rehabilitative patients, as well as acute injuries. If you fall into this demographic, it is important that you have had contact with your doctors and therapists within the conventional medical system before seeking services from a DCT™ Practitioner. Specific surgical procedures, such as ACL reconstruction, rotator cuff tendon repair, spinal fusion, and microdisectomy, among others, have very specific recovery protocols given by the surgeons that must be followed to ensure the highest chance for success. As such, the DCT™ program is best performed once clearance has been granted to return to mild to moderate physical activity – usually 8-12 weeks following the procedure. However, some of our DCT™ Practitioners hold Physical Therapist licenses and are skilled and able to provide care during the acute phases of recovery. The best results with DCT™ in this demographic are seen with persons who have been discharged from traditional treatment or who have seen their progress plateau and are feeling stuck and unable to reach their ultimate goals. DCT™ is a results-driven modality and holds a potency that is not normally found in the traditional treatment system.
Preventative & Pre-Surgical Care Patients:
More and more doctors today are recommending non-invasive/non-surgical options to their patients prior to scheduling costly and potentially dangerous operations. This is a byproduct of a strained healthcare system, and also an evolution in thinking more holistically in terms of wellness and healthcare. There is no question that Western medicine and surgery is necessary and appropriate for certain situations, primarily with traumatic injuries (e.g. broken bones, deep lacerations) and infections diseases. Unfortunately, knowing when it is appropriate can be challenging and multiple opinions from physicians are needed to make a good and educated judgment regarding surgery. The main issue lies in the fact that many times surgery is addressing the symptoms of pain as opposed to the root of the problem. For instance, with a microdiscectomy, the surgeon is removing a bulge or fragment that is pinching a nerve as it exits the spine. This will sometimes resolve the symptoms of pain, but very often the root of the problem is excessive stress being placed on the disc by the muscles of the hip and creating poor posture. Full resolution of a problem like lower back pain or sciatic pain can sometimes be achieved solely through a DCT™ program. And on occasion, both surgery and DCT™ are the path to eliminating pain and permanently improving function. DCT™ exercises are designed to be non-aggravating and can be used with clients/patients who are currently experiencing symptoms of pain and desire to avoid surgery, or would like to have greater success following their surgery.
Athletes and Performers of all sports and diciplines are susceptible to wear and tear and a multitude of injuries. Much of being a successful performer or athlete comes from being able to prevent or mitigate injuries. or quickly recover from them if they occur, but beyond this aspect of athletisism is being able to actualize your fullest potential. A body that is restricted or limited in its flexibility can’t be used to its maximum potential. Many athletes share in the common joke that they are, “the least flexible athlete/performer on the planet.” It is surprising, but this sentiment is pervasive; many people choose to embrace their inadequacy in flexibility because it is easier to remain ignorant on the topic than to sort through and find a program that is easy to understand and applicable to them and their sport. DCT™ uses simple and clear analogies to teach somewhat complex physiologic principals. Harmonix Health has found that when people understand how something works, they more easily understand the benefits and why they should be doing it. Success with DCT™ comes from incorporating an education on what flexibility is, how tension manifests in the body, and how specific exercises work to remove it. Athletes are the best demographic for DCT™ programs because once they experience the technique and digest the education and rationale behind it, they dive in head first and achieve the most amazing results in the shortest amount of time. (See Founder Nic Bartolotta’s Bio to read about a perfect example of this!)
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