Regular sports practise is considered a key factor today in maintaining the efficiency of the organism and in slowing down the disabilities connected with old age. Doctors and specialists are in agreement in affirming the advantages of a physically active way of life: sports activity improves the potentiality of heart and lung functions, reinforces the bone and muscle structure, prevents obesity, besides which, it impacts positively on a person’s psychological well-being.
Athletes and sports lovers are always in search of improvements in the way they prepare the body for activity and how to speed up recovery time, in order to benefit both their performance and their ability to compete. Thanks to its capacity to repolarise the muscle structure, to decrease energetic strain and to facilitate venal return, Keope GPR constitutes an effective way to underpin fitness programmes, muscle recovery and rehabilitation.
As Prof. Francesco Coscia, specialist in internal medicine and sports medicine observes, “Stimulation of the “proprioceptor – nerve – muscle” system activated by Keope GPR causes the repolarisation of the muscle structure and the consequent re-elastification of fibres, beneficial to further activity, in terms of explosive force. Moreover, more elastic fibres improve microcirculation and venal return, which serve to disperse lactate and thus reducing the occurrence of indirect muscle damage and improving post exercise recovery. Keope’s action mechanism is also an excellent aid to physiotherapy during rehabilitation after an accident and in recovery of muscle hypotonic.
From an experiment study on a group of athletes, conducted by the Laboratory for the Physiology of Exercise at CNR’s Institute of Bio-imagery and Molecular Physiology, it emerged that: “Keope’s mechanical modulation, applied in a single session after high intensity, intermittent exertion (Repeated Sprint Cycle) alleviates the perception of muscle fatigue, in comparison with a passive recovery control group, and it promotes the removal of lactic acid from the blood. Thus improving the muscle’s capacity to express potential”. (Marzorati, 2014).
Compared with the rest of the population, sports people have greater propensity for developing bone, ligament and cartilage problems, whether through training or in competition. Among the most common traumas are strains, contusions, fractures, injuries and distortions, which leave the athlete in a highly disabled state, however temporary. Repeated regularly, according to specific and at times purposely adapted protocols, Keope GPR therapy constitutes a strategic means of intervention that can reduce an injured athlete’s rehabilitation time, while maintaining their capacity for power, endurance and flexibility.
The most psychological aspect of the mind-body therapy implemented by Keope is, finally, in its capacity to work on the psychological side of the athlete, helping to manage stress, competition anxieties and in conditions of overtraining, refining their judgement and optimising their focus on attention, and thus their own safety while carrying out their discipline.
The third age
The aging population and extended life expectancy are two important social factors that, in the coming years, will bring about a significant increase in the number of people at risk of chronic disabilities.
With the advance in age, the skeletal apparatus and the joints are subject to degenerative processes, such as demineralisation of the bones, osteoporosis, rheumatic illnesses, arthrosis, etc. In addition, assuming an incorrect sitting position and/or remaining still for prolonged periods can lead to various muscular-skeletal problems. Besides alterations of the spinal column (scoliosis), hernia, lumbago, cervicalgia (neck pain) and back ache show a particularly high distribution among the elderly population.
Keope GPR’s action works on the muscles of the spinal column and on those of the pelvis, correcting eventual defects in posture, and in the face of the ensuing rigidity typical of old age, toning the muscles and rendering them stronger and more elastic. (A. Maffei, 2013).
It has been noted that accidental falls result in major disability for the elderly, limiting their mobility and in some cases causing their premature entry into assisted residences. Keope GPR’s stimulation, besides incrementing bone density, improves body perception, and balance and stability of the elderly person, rendering them as a consequence less vulnerable to accidents of this type.
Also, the cells that comprise our nervous system, are not able to reproduce and with old age, they get less and their functionality is limited. The slowing down of the nervous system consequently impacts on the functioning of our body. Keope intervenes precisely on the nerve and muscle proprioceptors, stimulating residual motor units, allowing neuro-muscular activity on a physiological level, both in a reactive and in a trophic sense.
The motivating component of movement, the sense of impotence in the face of old age, the loss of confidence in oneself and one’s self perception as an “independent person” are phenomena that impact negatively on an elderly person’s psychology. The therapy proposed by Keope GPR is based on the synergy between mind and body and is evident in an elderly person as the capacity to stimulate movement, restoring the sense of usefulness and independence that the third age tends to unseat. A psycho-physical improvement in the elderly, who are often vulnerable with reduced prospects, means an improvement in their security, autonomy and in their sense of usefulness in society.
So the Keope GPR therapy offers people a pleasant experience, a sound, integrated and personal strategy, an effective aid to the problems of the aging population.
The working environment
In circumstances ever more marked by crisis and change, more companies are discovering the importance of their human resource potential and of the improvement in the company’s well-being and the well-being of those that work in it, taken in the true sense of “being well”.
Operating under stress means working in a condition far from well-being. When employees of a company are well, they bring motivation, energy, enthusiasm to the work environment, with resulting consequences for the company in terms of increased performance in work, profits and productivity.
A negative attitude to work, frequent tension, the feeling of dissatisfaction, poor work relationships, monotonous tasks and other burdens of work are the principle factors that cause stress, in a psycho-social sense. The therapy on offer by Keope GPR is based on a synergy of body and mind and has the capacity to effect the employee’s psycho-physical dimension, helping to manage stress, anxiety and in conditions of high workloads, engaging the motivation system and optimising the ability to focus, thus impacting on safety when carrying out tasks.
Many studies have revealed that most pathologies, which increase absence from the work place and health costs every year, are those related to the spinal column. Assuming incorrect and/or static sitting positions for prolonged periods of time can lead to a variety of muscular skeletal problems, as well as problems linked to poor circulation.
Through a correct redistribution of weight and body tension, Keope GPR allows a correct functional balance to be achieved between all the different part of the body, to the benefit of the vertebral column and back muscles. Keope GPR’s action works on the muscles of the spine and pelvis, correcting eventual postural defects and alterations of the curvature of the spine (scoliosis), alleviating hernia, lumbago, cervicalgia, (neck pain) and back ache.