Case Studies

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Abu Haji

Abu unfortunately suffered a minor hemiplegia (Stroke) to the left side of his brain, this created mild partial paralysis to the opposite side of his body- (The brain on one side, controls the movement and signals to the opposite side). 

Abu had lost proper function of speech and right use of the upper and lower limbs. ‘’InPeak specialises in fascial pathways, and fascia houses the nerves that send signals from the motor and premotor cortex, which is the part of the brain that coordinates voluntary movements and complex voluntary movements.’’

After a thorough assessment, I analysed which fascial pathways were blocked and began manipulating them to help free up the nerve signals that run through their network of fascia.  We targeted the pathways that run from the cervical and thoracic spine and worked very closely with the median and ulna nerve. These nerves branch down from the spine into the upper limbs to create arm and hand movements.

I collected photos and videos of movement and hand writing (Abu was right handed and lost most of his writing function). We always compared our before and after photos at the end of each session so that quite early into his rehabilitation process, we knew we were heading in the right direction. 

Abu started noting day to day activities were becoming easier and voluntary movements such as hand clenching were easier- I very quickly noticed Abu’s hand shake became stronger at the start of each of his sessions. We soon moved out of the treatment room and into the private studio to then start some gentle strength and conditioning now the affected limbs were beginning to function. Soon Abu was lifting weights and carrying out several resistance exercises with ease. 

‘’InPeaks philosophy is strength is of the upmost importance, the stronger you are the easier life is.’’ 

InPeak believes in taking clients like Abu and not only eliminating pain or dysfunction, but achieving performance enhancing abilities to better their life. 

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Kallie Kokosallie - 

Kallie is a specialist orthodontist and is seated for most of the day. Before starting with InPeak Kallie had a new born baby and was carrying excess pregnancy weight, Kallie’s hormones will have been disrupted due to the pregnancy, and she had very little time to exercise. 

We carried out the InPeak, 7 point caliper measurement system, to work out Kallie’s body fat %, areas she was collecting most of her body fat (hormone related, spot accumulation sites), her lean and fat weight exactly in Kg. ‘’

 

This is a far superior measurement tool than a set of scales, as it splits up your ‘scale weight’ into what’s fat and what’s not fat ie muscle and water etc using a very clever calculation system’’. Kallie then had to fill out some brief yet important forms, informing InPeak of her lifestyle, food choices, sleep, stress and all the important subjects that the InPeak system factors in when approaching your health. Kallie’s data was then collected, to create a unique, easy to follow, no calorie counting, food and lifestyle plan.

The commonly used ‘you need 3 sessions a week and please weigh all your food’ approach just wouldn’t work for someone in Kallie’s position, furthermore she could only attend 1 session per week at InPeak.

We had to create a way of gearing Kallie’s body to burn fat around the clock, not just while, or shortly after exercising.

‘’We eat on average 21 times per week and if you think your going to burn this off doing 30 minutes jogging or on a X trainer 3 times per week, you’ll set yourself up for disappointment’’

A home programme using an exercise ball and some adjustable dumbbells was created…. if Kallie manged to get some spare time. When we had our one session per week, we had to focus on exercises that affected her hormones and built muscle tissue, whilst simultaneously burning fat. This would then set up Kallie’s metabolism permanently and create a hormonal environment to burn fat and build muscle, despite Kallie’s sedentary lifestyle.

With regular assessments and adjustments to her programme we started to get the desired results, it didn’t happen overnight, but due to Kallie’s discipline and InPeaks guidance, it was consistent. 

Kallie went from 39.65% with 28.19kg of pure fat on her body, to a very impressive and healthy 24.29% and 14.26kg of body fat, that’s 13.93kg (30.6 lbs) of not just weight loss, but pure body fat loss!

Kallie has her adopted her lifestyle changes and still practises the ‘small changes, big impact’ approach taught at InPeak. 

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Sam Turner - Semi pro golfer

Sam was referred to me by a golf instructor who I had previously rehabilitated. Sam was going to have to pull out of a big golf tournament, due to an un explained injury coming from his neck. The injury was preventing him from swinging his club without getting a sharp pain that appeared to be coming from his spine.

Sam expected the worse because it was coming from his spine and not from a muscle. This then led him to believe that it may be something serious like a bulging disc. 

After taking Sam’s history, I found out he previously had a tight neck, back and had a bad spasm a few years ago, that may well have changed the physiology of his tissue. I assessed his fascial pathways to see if I could find any blockages that may be the cause. 

‘’Facia is a sheathe of connective tissue that runs in pathways around the body, it’s a network of communication that explains integrated movement, it holds the nerves, tendons, ligaments and even the organs of the body.’’

After an extensive assessment of Sam’s pathways, it became clear that there was a restricted band of fascia, this runs down the medial part of the back and sits on top of the spine. This was densified (Restricted, condensed fasciae) and creating what Sam perceived as cervical vertebrae 6 pain. Further investigation indicated the problem was further up causing pain lower down. (This is called the centre of coordination). This was creating tension that Sam was perceiving further down- Fascia often works in this misleading manner. The medial band of facia was causing the tightness not a disc related issue as Sam originally anticipated. 

There is a lubricant that lies between the collagen fibres of fascia called hyaluronic acid and it enables the tissue to slide correctly during movement, the particles of hyaluronic acid had become viscous and bound together restricting the tissue from moving correctly, an educated guess would be, that this was due to a previous injury, or over use from continuous golf. 

Fascial manipulation can often give an instant release if the pathway that’s the culprit for the symptoms is manipulated correctly. I tested Sam’s movement, so that we had a painful movement we could re test during and after the treatment.

We had very little time to get Sam rehabilitated so I recommended we began immediately. In treatment I go the control centres on the affected fascial pathway and use soft tissue techniques to break down the particles of hyaluronic acid that had bound together. Within minutes I could feel the densification easing under my hand. I then asked Sam to stand up and re test his painful movement. To Sam’s astonishment he instantly felt better barely feeling the discomfort he felt previously. The result we got lasted and Sam came for a gentle follow up session and was even able to swing his club days before his dead line in practise and played through the tournament pain free. Fascial manipulation isn’t like a massage, warming up and area so it may temporarily feel better, I have corresponded with Sam since and the original discomfort in his neck has never returned.  

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Mark Grahams  

Mark Grahams Journey in one year. 

‘’InPeaks aim with each client, is to look at their whole health as one big jig saw, and make sure that when improving their wellbeing, we are not missing any piece of its entirety’’.

Each client must fill out a lifestyle questionnaire on certain subjects of health, such as sleep, stress digestion etc. We then take their answers and put them onto a graph, that then highlights what areas of their lifestyle are hindering their health and may affect their results. 

Mark scored in the red zone (Un healthy) for a lot of the subjects and sleep was scored the highest.

 

‘’Scientific studies will indicate that we produce fat burning, muscle building hormones when we sleep, such as Testosterone and Growth hormone, if you’re not sleeping correctly, this could work against your results’’.

 

We then made sure Mark had a food plan that was aimed to eventually stop his body being so dependant on blood sugar levels and switch over to running more effectively on proteins and natural fats. ‘’Sugar is a much quicker used energy source than fat and if your body is too dependant on it, you will always make bad food choices and suffer cravings, no matter how good your will power is’’.

We made sure Mark received all the guidance he needed, and support and he adopted the small changes, ‘big impact’ approach we teach at InPeak. 

With some hard work and determination, I saw a major shift in Marks appearance and he claimed his sleep apnea was gone! What was more impressive was the shift he had psychologically towards what he was doing. Mark very soon loved lifting weights, and even began reading training articles from body builders and fitness fanatics. 

 

‘’Losing weight means burning more than you are taking in, from a survival point, this means your slowly dying! Continuous weight loss eventually can become draining for this very reason, its not seen as a positive experience, hence why people don’t even attempt it to a level where they transform themselves. 

InPeak aims to make clients as strong as possible. Strength is psychologically rewarding and takes the negative aspect off losing weight and switches the focus to getting strong, thus creating a powerful sense of survival’’.

 

Mark was consistent with his eating and trained full body workouts with barbells and dumbbells for most of his workout, we then complimented this with small, but high intensity bouts of interval training. 

Different training methods and rep/set schemes were prescribed to Marks training plan, he integrated these into his own work outs. We kept work outs exciting and his muscles shocked, we focussed more on his new enjoyment for weight lifting, than we did on the fat loss itself.

 

1 year later Mark came down from 21.5 to 13.5 stone, that’s 8 stone weight loss! Mark has kept all the weight off and has continued the guidance given by Inpeak that resulted in this truly amazing transformation.