How Activation Works
How Activation changes athletic performance
You should be exploding. Movement in the human body happens from the inside out – starting with the core. But as stress and tension accumulate over time, key muscles can “switch off” and stop doing their work. Your body will compensate, using stronger muscles to do the work of weak or non-functioning ones.
The result is loss of balance, imperfect movement and over-taxed muscles that can lead to injury. And because the nervous system is affected too, under-performing athletes show reduced reflexes and poor mental focus.
You can power through it. Or you can correct these compensations with the Be Activated techniques.
Self Activation is built on two easy principles:
- Intentional diaphragmatic breathing stimulates the core and balances the nervous system, preparing body and mind for better performance.
- Stimulation of pressure points re-activates core muscles like the glutes and psoas, returning the body to its ideal “inside-out” sequence of movement.
By breathing correctly and rubbing key areas with their hands or with a Self Activation Stick before practice, athletes are improving performance and reducing injuries. The changes are immediate, and the results are measurable.
My wife and I noticed Daniel moving better during games after being activated in your office. His drives to the basket were much stronger and smoother than we had seen before in his whole career.
I walked into Dr. Nelson’s office unsure of what to expect – and left completely amazed. The ankle pain I had been dealing with for nearly a year and a half had completely disappeared. I was in my first ballet class since my appointment with Dr. Nelson when suddenly, something in my mind just clicked. I was able to find those muscles my teachers were always talking about.
I was a former collegiate and professional hockey player. During my career I suffered 3 concussions in 9 months. Despite resting and allowing ample time for normal recovery, I continued to have tightness in my neck, headaches, and eyesight issues. Shortness of breath was a common occurrence. My family and friends even noticed a difference in my behavior and a decrease in my level of sharpness. When I met with Doctor Nelson I experienced immediate results. He fixed a disconnect between my brain and muscles so that I could perform tasks that required using multiple signals. Through his activation therapy, the tension in my neck and upper shoulder regions is gone and I no longer have headaches. My vision is more acute and my ability to focus is back to normal. I have become more positive, energetic, and upbeat.
After investigating the SAT process, I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Tom. Looking back, I was skeptical for sure, but was willing to try anything for the sake of improvement. I distinctly remember the muscle-testing results before activation, and then seeing them after. Immediately after activation, I felt loose. There was no tightness, and I felt peaceful after “belly breathing.” The next day we had an invitational race, and I felt the best and was the most focused during that race. I ended up finishing 5th, right behind some of the nation’s best runners, 7 seconds off my personal best. I became a believer as the results were seen immediately for me!
In my last football season I suffered a Grade 1 sprain in my left knee. I was unable to play with it until I went to Doctor Nelson. After my activation I felt like a new person; I was able to play the next week and I felt just as good as new. The Activation Process and Doctor Nelson have impacted my life tremendously. I Self-activate to stay balanced, strong, focused and to avoid injury. Plus, it puts me one step ahead of the competition. Buffalo Grove HS, Class of 2017, Football and Baseball
Going in for an activation with Dr. Nelson the day before the ACT was one of the best decisions I could have made. The increase in my breathing and visual awareness helped me to stay focused and relaxed during the four hour long testing period. I went up 4 points from my previous scores. I can’t thank Dr. Nelson enough for his help in building my future.
In November of 2014 I was diagnosed with mononucleosis and the parvo virus. The severe pain caused me to miss the whole 3rd quarter of school and my whole wrestling season. My days consisted of therapy, specialists and hospital testing. I was referred to a pain doctor, as at this point I had zero quality of life. He referred me to Dr. Thomas Nelson for a new type of manipulative therapy. At my first visit with Dr. Nelson, he explained what he does and he started treatment. When he was done I jumped off the table and I was able to run without pain for the first time in 3 months. The work Dr. Thomas Nelson is doing is amazing and a breakthrough that should be known to all. I’ll be forever grateful to him. I have my life back!
Self Activation helped me recover from an ankle injury, drastically increasing its stability. It helped to clear my mind and improved my focus on the court. Following my activation sessions, I have found that my play quality has increased dramatically. I have experienced a much higher quality of life, both on and off the court, thanks to daily Self Activation.
Before activation, I found myself injury prone as well as very inconsistent during my practices for track/cross country. I suffered from inconsistent practices and pained muscles and joints, but after one session of activation with Dr.Tom, I felt brand new, refreshed and explosive. I went from not qualifying for top seven my first cross country season to being the #1 runner the following year for both seasons, being an individual state qualifier and school record holder for the 1600-3200. Activation has truly changed the way I run and compete and it’s a great tool for any athlete. I activate every day before anything I do, whether it’s mental or physical.