By Jason Waz, President of Competitive Edge Physical Therapy
The past few months have made the public aware and on high alert of how serious and contagious viruses can be in our country and the world. Within a short period, the coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread quickly and pervasively.
The CDC and the WHO have both been proactive in keeping the public updated on the viruses details, and how we can prevent infection. CEP understands these concerns and is taking all preventative precautions necessary to not only provide a healthy environment but also provide treatments that may improve immune system health to fight potential infection.
At the time of this article, there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Boosting the Immune System
It’s critical to boost our immune system during this outbreak and to consider doing so regularly. This is especially true if you or a family member has a weakened immune system from an autoimmune disease, heart conditions, kidney dysfunction, or a respiratory disorder, to name a few.
Eating a healthy diet, taking supplements that boost immunity, and getting high-quality sleep are all essential and can bolster the immune system.
The body produces cytokines, which are protective proteins that block infection and inflammation. When a person gets the recommended amount of uninterrupted 7 to 9 hours of sleep, cytokines are able to produce; however, without quality sleep, they are significantly less. Blue light is a significant cause of circadian rhythm interruptions.
Blue light, which is emitted by electronics and artificial lighting, disrupts the circadian rhythm and natural sleep cycles, leading to increased activity in the brain and less relaxation. Blue light makes your brain think that it’s still daytime, which makes it difficult to fall and stay asleep. The circadian rhythm is responsible for waking and sleeping in a 24-hour time period, as well as biological functioning and regeneration of certain organs. When it begins to get dark, the hormone melatonin is produced to help us sleep soundly, but with blue light, that production is limited with varying degrees. It’s essential to remove blue light from your sleeping area, stop using devices or watching television before bed, and to use blue light blocking aids such as blue light blocking glasses.
The Autonomic Nervous System’s Role in Fighting Infection
The autonomic nervous system is comprised of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves and receptors that control many aspects within the body, but also play a large role in modulating the immune system and inflammation.
Competitive Edge Performance (CEP), incorporates groundbreaking technology that not only is beneficial for muscle recovery and strength training, but has been shown by scientific research to increase the immune system function and response. One of these devices is the Heart Rate Variability diagnostic system that can determine if the nervous system is “sympathetic dominant”, stressing the immune system and delaying healing, or “parasympathetic dominant”, promoting recovery and health. By understanding the state of the nervous system, CEP can guide interventions to bring the body to a more restorative state.
In order to achieve positive outcomes by boosting the immune system, CEP utilizes a unique PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) intervention that can positively affect the autonomic nervous system to combat negative effects of viruses and other illnesses, in addition to decreasing susceptibility. Environmental exposure to damaging frequencies (cellular signaling, Wi-Fi, microwaves, etc), stress, and lack of restorative rest translates to a sub-optimal state of wellness. Through PEMF therapy, the cells of the body are “recharged”, making it easier for the body to restore its health status. Scientific data on PEMF therapy demonstrates improved sleep capacity, decreased cellular stress, and decreased sympathetic nervous system dominance—all factors that are critical for increasing the body’s immune system capacity.
CEP also incorporates emerging technology such as the Neubie (Neuro Biological Electrical Stim), which is a pulsed direct current device that interacts directly with the nervous system. In addition to the positive outcomes in decreasing the sympathetic nervous system dominance contributing to pain and dysfunction, research performed on direct current stimulation intervention demonstrates positive impact to lymph mobilization throughout the body. The lymphatic system plays an integral role in the immune functions of the body, as it is the first line of defense against disease. This network of vessels and nodes transports and filters lymph fluid containing antibodies and lymphocytes. Utilizing the Neubie can promote movement of lymph throughout the body and enhance the body’s own defense system.
CEP has defined itself as the premier physical therapy organization focusing on using state of the art biotechnology to achieve optimal health. Not only utilized for injury recovery, CEP gives all patients access to the most cutting edge and efficient methods available to achieve healthcare and wellness goals.
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