The Newly Developed “Gravity Reset Method”
The Gravity Reset Method is the assessment and optimization of brain integration between the primary neurological systems - Vestibular, Visual, and Somatosensory. Knows as “The Big 3,” these systems give humans the ability to know where they are in their environment and where the environment is compared to them.
The Gravity Reset Method, a culmination of the authors’ combined multi-decade clinical experience and ingenuity with thousands of patients, explores and restores a patient’s optimal relationship to the ever-present force of gravity. Our relationship to gravity has profound implications on all of human function, including but not limited to; cognition, balance, posture, autonomic system, musculoskeletal system, sensory processing, movement, energy expenditure, healing potential and much more.
“Gravity estimation and verticality perception are essential for maintaining an upright, bipedal posture, as well as achieving stable, allocentric perceptions of our environment.”
-Dakin and Rosenberg 2019
This methodology applies a therapeutic approach that engages each of these three systems to improve results and encourage the long-term adoption of any therapeutic procedures.
Methodology vs. Procedure
Methodologies provide guidance while procedures carry out goals.
Procedure refers to activities carried out regularly without much thought, while methodology represents bigger picture thinking behind the system.
In health care, methodologies consider factors beyond efficiency and practicality. This is born by the fact that every patient is unique and different, each coming in with their own unique set of environmental and genetic influences. Both past and present. As such, the method must be quick to modify and adapt and, most importantly, evolve as new information and circumstances come into play.
Calibration vs Adjustment
Calibration is a process of giving a known input to the measurement system and taking necessary actions to see that the output of the measurement system matches its input.
Adjustment is defined as a small alteration or movement made to achieve a desired result.
Operating systems like the human brain and nervous system need calibration and recalibration to gravity before adjustment. We have found that the majority of our patients need a re-calibration of their relationship to gravity before we can effectively apply any manual or physical treatment or rehabilitation.
The various systems of the brain are constantly working together through our daily activities, it makes sense that when we rehabilitate them we would apply the same concept and retrain them together for the best and fastest outcome.
What sets the gravity Reset Method apart is the simultaneous calibration of three essential systems; the vestibular system, sensory system and visual system. The calibration of the big 3 systems happens in the brain.
We discovered that when we balance the central vestibular system simultaneously while enhancing positional awareness of the head with the use of a weighted compression headband (sensory & vestibular) and a visual laser feedback device attached to the head (visual & vestibular). Vestibular applications, including purposeful linear and or angular movements of the head in conjunction with a purposeful eye position. The linear translation strategies seem to have the most profound long lasting changes on the brain, perhaps because the linear receptors, 2 saccules and 2 utricles, are always on and never turn off. On the other hand, the angular receptors, 6 semicircular canals, have a time constant of 7 seconds when functioning optimally.
Who is The Gravity Reset Method for?:
Individuals looking to improve their overall wellness
Those seeking improved mental and physical performance
Individuals looking for optimized healing of the brain and body
Specific conditions with which patients have benefited from the Gravity Reset Method?:
Post-traumatic brain injury
Chronic muscle stiffness
Amblyopia (lazy eye)
And continually learning much, much more…