Revive-A-Back strengthens our muscles that provide resistance to gravity. Gravity acts as a constant downward pressure. To resist gravity our bodies need to express strength upward. Upward moving strength (What we call spring) successfully resists gravity’s compression of organs, joints, nerves, & bones. Spring drives up, delivering the necessary joint space so bones can move without friction, organs can function without compression, veins and arteries can function smoothly without impediment of flow, and nerves can function without pain inducing compression of disk bulges, vertebral spurring, or muscle inflammation.

In short gravity is a one-question test posed to the body over and over again as long as we live. There is only one right answer to Gravity and that is: Spring!

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Revive-A-Back is based on a simple premise: 
      Our bodies are designed for success in resisting gravity. 
      Physical success = Spring!

Successful resistance to gravity expresses Spring! Spring is physical force expressed through muscle power. Muscles serve two basic functions: stabilizing joints and moving limbs. To reduce it further muscle serves bone. Bones require muscle support to function without collapse or friction. Ligaments and cartilage are passive members of the bones’ function. Only muscle expresses strength; i.e. physical force. Our bones require precise expression of physical force to provide the right shape for internal organ function such as digestion, circulation, breathing.

Muscle force needs steering or guidance. Successful guidance for muscle force is easily acquired by following the shape and arrangement of the bones. For instance the ribcage is shaped like a big spring or coil. A Springy ribcage protects the nerves, disks, and vertebrae of the spine. Muscles can be trained to refuse habitual patterns of tension which invariable depress the ribcage, and exert upward lifting spring inducing movement and position to the ribs. 

The success of our upper body function depends a great deal on the elevation or depression of the ribcage. Elevated ribs = success. Depressed ribs = failure.

The success of our lower body function depends a great deal on the position and action of the bones of the feet. A springy foot = success. A sagging foot = failure. Failure means pain, weakness, loss of function. Entirely unnecessary!  

The human skeleton is composed of @206 bones. The foot contains 26 bones, 31 joints, and 3 arches; longitudinal, medial, metacarpal. In the entire human skeleton the foot represents the most intricate boney architecture. Why? Because the foot is the number one trigger for successful gravity resistance! For the foot to successful trigger spring response throughout the body from arch to crown, the bones of the arches and ankles must be stabilized in such a shape as to trigger muscle response in the hamstrings, calves, glutes and abs on weight bearing.

Successful feet require successful muscles to provide springy shape. Spring always brings success.

Revive-a-Back trains muscles to work in harmony with the actual design of the bones. 
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Revive-a-back started by accident, mine. I was briefly knocked out and when I came to I found myself in severe pain, unable to lift or move my left leg, or stand upright because my ribcage and spine were cocked at acute angle to the right. I tried various stretches and postures to no avail.
On the verge of panic I found I had a picture in my mind that my body was like a Slinky and if I squeezed the bottom; the top would flare out and decompress. Thinking it was the stupidest idea I’d every heard of; I tried it anyway. Immediate relief!
Immediate relief!
My crooked spine straightened and my left leg bore weight without pain! Relief lasted about 10 minutes then spasm and pain returned. Not really convinced that simple squeeze had done much I returned to Tai-Chi & Kungfu techniques only to feel worse. Tried the simple squeeze again and Bingo!
Immediate relief. In 3 weeks I was symptom free.
One of my martial art clients, a doctor specializing in back pain, began referring me patients. Another client, a psychiatrist began referring panic and anxiety patients.
That was 12 years ago.
In the last 3 years Revive-A-Back has expanded into weight training for fitness, rehab, & sport specific strength. Weight training led to treating wheelchair bound clients as well as stroke sufferers. In every case we see strength increase expands range of motion and improves quality of life.
By the grace of God, Revive-A-Back continues teaching our body’s innate design for building strength & relieving pain. 

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 What is Revive-A-Back?

Exercise designed to maximize our body’s innate capacity to heal & strengthen.
Revive-A-Back exercise is unique in its brevity: 30 –45 seconds a workout. Brief precise exertion retrains the nerve impulses that govern muscle action. Nerve impulse patterns govern muscle memory. Revive-A-Back trains muscle memory to automatically shape the body for maximum spring, strength & healing.

Successful body shape: gravity resisting upward Spring, is our muscles’ number one priority. The delivery of consistent & abundant Spring needs to be automatic; not depending on conscious thought but the responsibility of continual successful muscle memory.       
      Precise muscle memory makes Spring. 
      Spring produces abundant strength. 
      Revive-A-Back produces abundant Spring & strength. 

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 What can Revive-A-Back do for me?

Our body is designed to heal and self correct. Injury, pain, and long hours of work related positions and postures can lead to tension patterns that stall the body’s healing capacity.
Revive-A-Back helps your body to delete harmful tension patterns and develop successful muscle balance to maximize strength and healing.
At present we treat all ages and all manner of injuries: spinal, joint & muscle, as well as assist those with panic, anxiety & depression. Injuries, handicaps, paralysis & stroke also benefit.
Elite athletes, bodybuilders, martial artists, massage therapists, dentists, doctors, nurses, chiropractors, hair dressers, computer jockeys, equestrians, runners, kayakers, soccer players, cyclists, gardeners, golfers, hockey players, etc… have been treated. 

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 What problems: mental, physical & emotional can bad posture lead to? What is good posture? How do I know if I have it?
To sustain life our body needs to succeed in resisting gravity & breathing. Successful posture enlarges lung capacity and protects the spine and nervous system with abundant automatic upward Spring.
Good posture springs! Good posture sustains a high rib position, open chest and shoulders, and powerful spring action through the feet, calves, hamstrings, abs and glute muscles.
Bad posture fails to spring. Bad posture = Sagging, hunching, tilting, rounding, knee-locking, etc., are all shapes of posture failure. Sagging & hunching compress the spine and reduce lung volume, slacken muscle tone and impose weight bearing on joints and vertebrae.
Muscles are designed to bear weight – not bones. Bones bearing weight produce excess calcium deposits: heel spurs, hunchback & vertebrae spurs. Bone spurs signal posture failure. Bone spurs can be relieved by changing the body’s behavior so weight is born on the muscle not the bone.
The easiest formula for good (successful) posture: 
      Get on the muscle! Get off the bone!

More obvious physical problems of posture failure muscle tension, nerve pain, poor circulation (cold hands & feet), back pain, fatigue, balance problems.

Mental and emotional side effects of poor posture tend to be various forms of anxiety, depression & shame. Poor posture – posture that fails, fails to lift the heart! Lifting the heart involves lifting the ribcage, assisting adrenalin response, lung volume and immune system function.
Life is full of challenges. We can respond to these challenges with courage and confidence with an uplifted ribcage. Likewise we can respond to challenges with panic & depression; if we allow our posture to impose a sagging ribcage.
Emotionally, mentally & spiritually we are forced to deal with the fear. Fear causes paralysis and unconscious sabotage of all our body’s systems. Anxiety, depression, panic, etc are forms of fear. Fear must be overcome in order to enjoy health, strength, and peace of mind.
Lifting the heart up is an injunction we see all through the Bible, especially in Psalms and Proverbs. This is not just lofty poetry but wonderful practical life giving advice! Lifting the heart requires we lift the ribs. Our ribs represent 12 handles on the spine. Our nervous system emerges from our spine – every feeling, organic and muscle functions depends on the health of the nerves. Uplifted ribs protect and sustain healthy nerve function.
As necessary to the body as air, food & water; courage is necessary for mental, emotional & spiritual health.
Courage is the heart’s successful posture. 

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How long does it take to correct poor posture?

Usually improvement is seen in the first two weeks. Standing improves first, sitting next and last of all walking. Standing, sitting & walking are our most frequent actions. Successful posture in these three actions requires specific strength, skill and endurance. Our bodies are wonderfully designed to stand, sit & walk for hours or miles without pain, fatigue or breakdown. The fact that most people experience fatigue and or pain in prolonged walking, standing, or sitting is a simple declaration of the fact their habits (unconscious posture) have mad e a hash of their muscles and bones.
Sitting requires strength. Walking requires skill.
Reversing habitual catastrophe doesn’t take long. The toughest part is mental and emotional: recognizing just what your habits are actually doing to make you hurt!
In 5 weeks substantial improvement usually takes place. In ten weeks all three functions, standing, sitting & walking are vastly improved. 

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 What is Spring?

Spring is the force of muscle shaping our bones to successfully resist gravity. Spring is our muscles innate intelligence at work. Spring is the organizing principle that delivers abundant muscle surplus to everyday actions: walking, standing, sitting. Spring represents successful muscle memory supporting upright posture.
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 What is the importance of weight training?

Weight training allows for specific strengthening of neglected muscles habitually imbalanced by poor posture habits. Such specific target muscle training is not possible with bodyweight style calisthenics. Neglected muscles are often unable to literally pull their weight. In the gym with free weights – dumb bells and barbells or with machines neglected muscle can be successfully triggered to flex with greater and greater intensity and strength while maintaining overall Spring posture.
In short Strength heals! Weight training represents the quickest and safest method of precision muscle training.
Increasing overall body strength 100% - 200% is easily achieved in 3 – 6 months. Increased strength supports the endurance and skill necessary for success in everyday function and prevents the fiction of age from convincing us we ought to be weak and or decrepit because we’ve passed , 40 or 50 or 60 or 70 or 80. These numbers are not what decide our health. We do by our actions.
Weight training represents preventative and restorative maintenance to the muscles and bones. Also Strength feels great! Weight lifting endorphins kick in higfh and stay high for hours, elevating metabolic rate to burn fat and creating a vigorous muscle/fat ratio in the body. 

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 What is an optimal sitting position?

The best position with the butt on the edge of the seat, ribs & spine upright and well away from contact with the back of the chair: Feet firmly on the floor with hamstrings and calves at roughly 90 degrees.
In this position your muscles are challenged to provide spring.
Only this position successful engages your muscles for hours of successful (not compressing the spine, ribs or lungs) sitting. Such sitting posture requires co-ordination of the feet, hamstrings, abs & glutes. Poor posture sitting is the number one cause of spinal pain, shoulder & neck pain, headaches, as well as carpal tunnel symptoms, loss of abdominal muscle tone, and jaw tension.
We are a sitting culture. Sitting poorly hour after hour, meal after meal, TV show after TV show, computer time, driving etc. We need to conquer sitting. (See article: My Seat My Battleground, & Posture on Purpose!)
Sitting in an optimal position is impossible on a couch or in an automobile bucket seat because couches and bucket seats position the tailbone lower than the back of the knee. In this position weight rests on the fragile tailbone, causing the ribs to sag, the spine to lay back and the head & neck to crane forward. Compression from head to foot follows. We are misled into calling this slouch comfort.
Comfort doesn’t heal. Strength heals. Sooner or later strength produces ease of motion and position or comfort based on strength not furniture.
The seatback is not your friend. Leaning back on the back rest literally tells your back and shoulder and ab muscles to rest. Gravity isn’t taking a rest. Gravity continues to compress your muscles, bones, nerves and organs while you unconsciously shut off your only ability to resist gravity. That’s a catastrophe that moves like a slow motion train wreck til suddenly one day you can’t bend or twist or declare your shoulders frozen or your plagued with headaches or grinding your teeth or so on and God help us all, all of this pain unnecessary because we never evaluated sitting as an athletic event!
Sitting requires strength, endurance and skill. If you don’t train for it; you can’t realistically expect to excel in it.
You might think strength training for sitting is unnatural. So is flossing but I’d rather keep my teeth thank you very much than refuse to practice basic tooth care. Sitting reflects how we think about gravity. If we pretend gravity doesn’t exist by ignoring it, or imagine gravity is somehow benign at all times we deny our body the God given exercise of our intelligence. Animals are provided with instinct. Human beings are endowed with intelligence and reason: the ability to examine our behavior and change it according to our needs.
Exercise your brain – get rid of your habits.
Exercise your body – get rid of weakness.
Optimal sitting is the automatic product of springy muscle surplus.
Spring is a skill. 

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 What are ideal sleeping positions?

Generally questions on sleep positions indicate someone is not sleeping well. Discomfort in sleeping positions usually means the waking postures of standing, sitting, and walking are at fault. Addressing waking activities is more easily accomplished than re-contouring sleep positions.
There are some general flexes that practiced before retiring aid in sleep quality: Wide Pushup, Spring Brace & Steep Lunge.
The only sleep position to avoid is face down. This unfortunate posture places great strain on the lumbar spine. Whatever relief it may seem to provide the damage it inflicts far outweighs any positive effect. 

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 How is Revive-A-Back different from Chiropractic?

Receiving chiropractic is passive: something someone does to you.
Revive-A-Back is active: something you learn to do for yourself!
Chiropractic uses outside force to manipulate or adjust spinal segments or joints. These manipulations allow misplaced bones and joints to temporarily return to a positive position. Maintaining positive Strength building – pain reducing positions is the work of the muscles. Only muscle maintains proper bone, nerve & joint alignment.
Revive-A-Back trains muscles to maintain proper spinal position, muscle balance and joint space. Revive-A-Back supports chiropractic adjustment until the muscle memory gains the strength and precision to no longer require external manipulation. 

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