"Born in Hawaii and ends up a snow boarder...I think she's on the wrong board."
You can thank your Mom for all the times she nagged you to "sit up straight."
She was right; it's good for your health. You can also thank Dr. Tim Brown, the founder of IntelliSkin, who makes posture-friendly apparel.
With clients like Kelly Slater, Layne Beachley, Bubba Stewart, Derek Fisher and Jack Johnson-- just to name a few-- Dr. Tim Brown has made it his mission to improve posture and performance for optimum health.
Recently, we spoke with the doctor himself to hear about what makes IntelliSkin work:
"We have always been told to stand up straight, sit up straight." Why is that even more important for athletes?
Being a successful athlete means you must be connected to your body consciously and unconsciously. The brain, nervous system, and muscles must connect and communicate fluidly for you to move well and recover efficiently. Good posture is of paramount importance in virtually every sport, from football and surfing to golf and dance. Maintaining proper alignment while you move allows you to be nimble, stable and strong. Good posture also improves respiration. So as your breathing improves, your brain and muscles can receive a greater volume of oxygen for endurance and focus.
What compelled you to create IntelliSkin?
For years, athletes on the AVP and ASP tours were complaining about back and neck injuries. So I created a way to treat these injuries by figuring out their muscle imbalances-- with soft tissue release techniques and sports chiropractic techniques-- properly re-aligning their areas of pain. Over time, I created a hybrid functional sports taping technique using unique sports and surgical tapes. I named it S.P.R.T. (Specific Proprioceptive Response Technique) and used it extensively to help support injuries during competition.
How did that grow into the current IntelliSkin technology?
One night while working on the ASP tour, I got a call from AVP star, Singin Smith. He proceeded to tell me that it would be easier on me and the athletes if I would just invent something similar to the new way I was taping, but something that they could just throw on and wear whenever they wanted.
I woke up in the middle of the night with a vision in my mind, broke out the hotel sewing kit, cut up a wetsuit, and by morning I had created a shirt for shoulder injuries based on the S.P.R.T. system.
From there, after many prototypes generated from crucial feedback from athletes, orthopedic surgeons, chiropractors, physical therapists, and trainers, IntelliSkin was born.
How long does it take for someone to see the benefits/results?
You will feel immediate benefits. The technology in the back of the shirt cues your upper back muscles to draw your shoulders back and down and rotate your arms and shoulders open and slightly outward.
You will instantly feel it. You are holding your body in a whole new posture. It's not uncommon for us to hear feedback such as, "Wow! I feel stronger, lighter, taller, and have more endurance."
To check out out more of the product and to get your own, head over to the IntelliSkin website.
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