The following story is about boxer, Eric Gonzalez, and how FYZICAL changed his life forever. With his life in complete upheaval due to a condition doctors couldn’t identify, boxer Eric Gonzalez finally finds relief with physical therapy.
“Everything was spinning; I couldn’t function, states Eric Gonzalez. “The dizziness I felt was debilitating and affecting all areas of my life. I just felt so much despair.” Gonzalez was suffering from an extreme balance disorder, only he didn’t know it at the time. In his youth, and into adulthood, he loved doing contact sports like boxing, football, and motocross. “When you’re into those types of activities, you do bang your head a lot,” he says, “but when you’re young you don’t think about it; you get up and if you feel OK you keep going.“ But two years ago, when Gonzalez was in his late twenties, he had a motocross accident where he hit his head and blacked out. It was around that time when he first starting experiencing the symptoms of his balance disorder.
It’s no question that opioid addiction is on the rise in the United States. Both major and local news sources have been reporting on the effects of opioid addiction.
Opioids are drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine and the illegal opioid, heroin. These drugs interact with receptors on nerve cells in the body and brain. Painkillers become extremely addictive due to the sensation of euphoria they give the user.
All of these drugs are intended to relieve pain, but are commonly abused. Both prescription and illegal drug abuse have increased over 400 percent in the last six years!
Balance is an element of fitness that combines with strength, cardio, and flexibility to create a complete picture of overall health. Whether you are holding a yoga pose, looking to improve your agility, or increase strength, balance training improves performance in every aspect of life.
Any form of exercise challenges the muscles and the nervous to increase communication to these areas. With balance therapy, the nervous system communicates with muscles to increase in strength and take on more tasks, ultimately increasing muscle strength. As your nervous system becomes more efficient, it is more skilled at recruiting more muscular power to increase strength and maximize capabilities in everyday functions. Many of the muscles used retraining your vestibular system are unique to your typical training programs, and will really provide you with a challenge.
Cancer can be viewed as a disease that is destructive and hard to contain. The phrase “sitting is new cancer” compares sitting to a disease or destructive practice. The main concern here is the health risks of an over-sedentary lifestyle, which involves spending too much time seating. With advancements in technology, more and more jobs are becoming less physical. Although inevitable, we should limit the amount of time we are seated for as much as possible.