Tuesday, July 30, 2019

What Happens In Space To Your Brain With KAATSU?

For who? Baby Boomers, retirees, researchers
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, recovery

Dr. Gary E. Strangman of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and his colleagues Doctors Vladimir Ivkovic, Quan Zhang, Aaron Baggish, Adam Cohen, Brian Nahed, Aaron Dentinger, Eric Bershad, and Eric Rosenthal looked into testing KAATSU equipment for its potential to reduce elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) in astronauts in space and those in zero gravity conditions.

In their report, Dr. Strangman notes, "In a handful of astronauts, elevated ICP has been found days or months post‐flight (measured by lumbar puncture). This visual impairment and intracranial pressure (VIIP) condition varies notably across astronauts.

To date, no countermeasures have been tested for VIIP, although two countermeasures have been utilized in spaceflight to mitigate in‐flight cephalad fluid shifts (and related cardiovascular changes): (1) Russian‐made Braslet thigh cuffs, and (2) lower‐body negative pressure (LBNP). Both help redistribute blood from the upper body into the lower extremities, for a more Earth‐equivalent fluid distribution. Both have operational challenges, including availability, obtrusiveness, and calibration

So they studied and tested KAATSU the original BFR.

His explanation is posted above.

In Japan at the University of Tokyo Hospital, its cardiologists also studied blood flow in the brain with subjects doing KAATSU and documented the resultant improved blood flow in the brain when subjects were tested with MRI scanners.

KAATSU, The Original BFR...and first in space.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Michaels Prepare For The World Swimming Championships

For who? swimmers, student-athletes
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, recovery

Michael Andrew explains and shows his preparations for the upcoming FINA World Championships in Singapore, that includes use of the KAATSU Nano and KAATSU Air Bands.

Fellow American sprinter Michael Chadwick also uses his KAATSU equipment in his training and taper period leading up to and during the most important international championships before the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

KAATSU Protocols for Total Knee Replacements

For who? Baby Boomers, retirees or athletes who have a total knee replacement (TKA)

For what? rapid recovery in order to regain mobility and flexibility, and maintain strength

Some surgeries are minimally invasive and others are much more so.

KAATSU the original BFR can significantly help the skin and underlying tissue quickly repair and recover - so much so that experienced surgeons who know their patients who do post-surgery KAATSU will have to get their stitches removed more quickly than those patients who do not do KAATSU.

"What happens is the skin recovers and grows back more quickly," explains Steven Munatones. "This is due to the systemic effects of KAATSU and the biochemical reactions that occur as the result of Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets, repeatedly and consistently done during rehabilitation and recovery."

These Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets help enhance the natural healing process. "If the stitches are left in the leg for the 'normal' amount of time, your skin will grow over the stitches. In these cases, the surgeon will have to go back in and remove the overgrown sutures. This can cause infection that is best avoided," Munatones said.

"One thing that we have seen time and time again is how quickly the skin and wound heals. The skin around the wound can heal so quickly with repeated KAATSU Cycle sets that the skin grows over the sutures - much faster than what is normally expected by physicians.

When physicians schedule the normal removal of the sutures, patients utilizing Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets will often experience faster than normal healing of wounds and incisions. So, a patient should inform their attending physician of this phenomenon

The five periodically taken photographs shown on the left demonstrate the rapid recovery of the sutures and skin on a 49-year-old military veteran who had total knee replacement (TKA) surgery at a Veterans Administration hospital in Florida.

Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) or a total knee replacement is when the end of the femur bone and end of the tibia are removed and replaced. Pain, muscle weakness, and reduced function can result from a disease or an injury that leads to a total knee replacement surgery where the diseased or injured knee joint is replaced with artificial material.

Key Points with KAATSU for Patients who undergo TKA

* Do physical therapy utilizing all the traditional and proven therapeutic procedures.
* You can augment their physical therapy with Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets up to 3 times per day in the comfort of your home or before or during your physical therapy sessions.
* Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets consist of repeated 30 seconds of inflation of the KAATSU Air Bands followed by 5 seconds of deflation. There is a slight increase in pressure during each subsequent inflation interval.
* Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets can be performed in the morning, afternoon and evenings for a total integration of KAATSU with regularly
* 3-6 Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets are first done on your arms and then followed by 3-6 additional Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets on your legs.
* All standard KAATSU protocols (i.e., Do's and Don'ts) should be strictly followed:
-- remain well hydrated before and during the KAATSU session
-- 'one-finger tightness' is recommended when applying the KAATSU Air Bands on your arm and leg bands
-- your skin tone should turn darker (i.e., pinker, redder, or more purple) as your vascular tissue becomes engorged with blood
-- breathe normally while doing KAATSU; holding of your breath is strictly prohibited

"You always want to start off with your arms," said Munatones. "That is key for optimization of the effects on your lower body, although that may seem counter-intuitive. Also, seemingly counter-intuitive is to start slowly with the KAATSU pressure. There is no need to start off with high pressure; in fact, that is not good. You always need to start with light, conservative pressure. You can start off with low pressure on the first one or two sets - each set is between 5-7 minutes. Then you gradually increase the pressure on the subsequent sets.

On the KAATSU Cycle 2.0, KAATSU Master 2.0, KAATSU C3, and KAATSU B1 models, there are 8 sets of 30 seconds of pressure on, followed by 5 seconds of pressure off.

These KAATSU Cycle sets can be performed in the mornings and again in the afternoon and evenings - as you sit down to work, watch television, read, and any number of normal household and work responsibilities as well as integrate KAATSU to regularly scheduled physical therapy sessions.

All the usual KAATSU protocols should be followed:

* always be well hydrated before and during KAATSU

* always start KAATSU on your arms, then do KAATSU your legs

* always have good KAATSU color (i.e., have a pinker or redder skin color)

* always feel comfortable doing KAATSU; never feel uncomfortable or lightheaded

* always start off with conservative pressure and gradually increase

* do simple movements during KAATSU Cycle sets; you do not have to do intense, vigorous exercises

* incorporate KAATSU into your standard physical therapy exercises, as you and your therapist wish

* do 3-6 KAATSU Cycle sets on your upper and lower limbs during each KAATSU session

* do 1-3 sessions per day as time permits

* do either Single-limb KAATSU Cycle sets on only one leg or Standard (Dual-limb) KAATSU Cycle sets on both legs. That is, you can focus on only one limb at a time if you and your therapist wish. If time permits, doing repeated Single-limb Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets on the leg being rehabilitated is ideal.

* always start conservatively with KAATSU: either with low pressure or only 1 KAATSU Cycle set per day

* gradually increase the number of KAATSU Cycle sets over the course of several weeks

* do various kinds of movements - or no movement at all as you desire. However, doing KAATSU Cycle sets repeatedly and daily, and especially before and during the physical therapy sessions is especially helpful.

* you can do simple Standard KAATSU 3-Point Exercises (e.g., Hand Clenches, Biceps Curls, Triceps Extensions, Toe Curls) or other movements (e.g., Head or Foot Rotations, Balancing on One Foot, Stretching, Walking, Standing Up and Sitting Down, Handwriting). Additionally, isometric exercises and muscle contractions are also used.

* it is very important avoid any painful movements or any sudden movements. KAATSU is best done with slow, easy, gentle movements. You can think of KAATSU as slow stretching of the muscular and connective tissue.

* you can - and should - begin this rehabilitation protocol before your surgery as an ideal form of prehab

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Exclusivia Podcast On KAATSU

For who? Baby Boomers, retirees, student-athletes
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, recovery

Courtesy of Exclusivia.

It’s never been easier to lose yourself in the blur of modern life...anyone who wants to join as a member of Exclusivia would have a front row seat to opportunities that create more value and more progress in the enrichment of their own life. I think there’s a huge unmet need for that in the world," said Dr. Robert Cooper, Ph.D., a neuroscientist, New York Times bestselling author with over 4 million books sold, a leading high-performance business strategist, and the founder of Cooper Strategic.

Exclusivia highlighted KAATSU, a technology that can easily fit within the blur of modern life. Exclusivia's Bradley Binversie talked about the Japanese invention on Exclusivia's latest podcast [see here].

To learn more about the history and applications of KAATSU, listen to CEO Steven Munatones here who does KAATSU Aqua in the water and KAATSU Cycles on dryland [shown above with KAATSU inventor Dr. Yoshiaki Sato].

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Jamal Hill Going Places

For who? swimmers, student-athletes
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, recovery

Jamal Hill of Inglewood, California struggles with the degenerative disorder Charcot-Marie-Tooth - but not much else.

The personable entrepreneur and KAATSU user is a member of the USA Paralympic swim team and is looking forward to competing in the 2020 Tokyo and 2024 Paris Paralympic Games despite living with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease which is an inherited disorder that causes nerve damage in his arms and legs. The disease results in smaller, weaker muscles, a loss of sensation and muscle contractions, and difficulty walking. In Hill's case, it significantly reduces the mobility in his legs where his motor function stops at his knee caps and his motor function in my arms is also impacted.

[The disease] runs in my family,” Hill explained. “It affects my mom a little bit. It affects my uncles pretty heavily. Essentially my motor neurons in my outer extremities, from my elbow to my fingertips and from my kneecaps all the way to my toes gives me a lot of problems.”

But his overwhelming positive nature has enabled him to succeed in a sport he could have easily quit many times.

Currently, Hill is ranked #1 among American Paralympic swimmers and 13th in the world going into the Olympic year. But he has also created Swimming Up Hill, a digital marketing company that markets health and fitness brands, insurance and medical practices.

At its core, Hill's mission is to teach 1 million people how to swim. He works with swim schools in Southern California to help the schools facilitate more lessons for lower cost to the customer.

Hill balances his work at Swimming Up Hill with his participation on the World Para Swimming World Series 2019 where he travels the world, using his KAATSU Nano for recovery.

His next major goal is to compete at the 2019 World Para-swimming Championships in London this September where he will compete among 600 swimmers from 60 nations who are trying to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

Hill is shown above with his fellow KAATSU Specialist and American Paralympic swimmer Robert Griswold of Indiana.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Recovery, Rehabilitation, Athletic Performance With KAATSU Wearables

For who? Baby Boomers, retirees, student-athletes
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, recovery

The KAATSU Wearables are the next stage of the evolution of the KAATSU equipment line.

Instead of connecting the KAATSU Air Bands with connector tubes, the KAATSU Wearables have an compressor box that sits right on the KAATSU Air Bands and is managed by the KAATSU App that is available on either the Android or iOS platform.

"It eliminates the potential for tripping over or getting tangled up with the connector tubes like with the KAATSU Master, KAATSU Master 2.0, KAATSU Nano, KAATSU Cycle 2.0 or KAATSU Cycle 3.0," explains KAATSU Global CEO Steven Munatones. "The system also allows athletes, Baby Boomers, soldiers and those who are rehabilitating to move freely anywhere and anyway they want - while everything is managed and monitored by the KAATSU App.

After 2 years of development, it will be a game changer in 2020 - whether on land or in the water or in an airplane

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Monday, July 1, 2019

David Weinstein On The Python Protocol On The Primalosophy Podcast

For who? Baby Boomers, retirees, student-athletes
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, recovery

Photo courtesy of CEOCFO Magazine.

Our goal is to awaken human potential by sharing precise effective tools and methods to maximize the health, happiness and performance of people who want to realize their potential," explains David Weinstein of LifeForceIQ.

Weinstein is a successful investment banker with an entrepreneurial DNA in the fields of medicine and biotechnology from Boca Raton, Florida. He had pushed himself hard in business, experiencing its negative effects after he turned 50. He knew he had to transform himself in order to enjoy the fruits of his labor.

He explained his mission and his Python Protocol (includes physical vitality + mental clarity + stress reduction + sleep & recovery) that utilizes KAATSU here on the Primalosophy Podcast. For more information about Weinstein and his LifeforceIQ, visit here.

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