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Whole Body Vibration Therapy

With the New Year heading our way, we, at Hopkins Chiropractic, have opened our practice to a new and exciting type of chiropractic care…Whole Body Vibration Therapy or put simply, WBV.  WBV is one of the latest trends in rehabilitative and preventative medicine with recent studies showing fantastic results for wide array of patients.  While accelerating the body's natural healing process, WBV helps with injuries, illness and even exercise.  Working twice as fast as traditional physical therapies, WBV can offer both patient and practitioner improved feedback, and therefore, improved performance and results.

More specifically, WBV causes stimulation of the living cells within our bodies.  This stimulation helps with cellular regrowth, increases in the oxygen levels in cells, improved uptake of nutrients within the cells, as well as improved cellular waste removal.  What does this mean for you?  Well, without these important cellular processes our bodies are prone to disease and/or injury, both of which can accelerate the aging process.

While working with astronauts, Russian scientist ,Vladimir Nazarov, wanted to come up with a solution to some of the adverse health effects that astronauts experience while in space, most notably: the loss of muscle and bone mass, often times resulting in bone fractures.  His solution was to subject the astronauts to WBV sessions during their rigorous pre-liftoff space training sessions.  His results were astounding and showed improvement in bone density, as well as muscle strength. 

Current research shows that WBV is indicated for a broad range of therapeutic and clinical applications, such as the following:

 

Balance, Coordination & Fall Prevention

  • Study:  To investigate the efficacy of high-frequency whole-body vibration (WBV) on balancing ability in elderly women [Cheung WH, Mok HW, Qin L, Sze PC, Lee KM, Leung KS. Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong SAR, China.]
  • Conclusion:  WBV was effective in improving the balancing ability in elderly women. This also provides evidence to support our user-friendly WBV treatment protocol of 3 minutes a day for the elderly to maintain their balancing ability and reduce risks of fall.

 

Flexibility & Range of Motion

  • Study:  Flexibility Enhancement with Vibration: Acute and Long-Term [Flexibility Enhancement with Vibration: Acute and Long-Term. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc., Vol. 38, No. 4, pp. 720-725, 2006.]
  • Conclusion:  Vibration can be a promising means of increasing range of motion beyond that obtained with static stretching in highly trained male gymnasts.

 

Bone & Joint Rehabilitation, especially Knee Rehab

  • Study:  Whole-Body Vibration Induced Adaptation in Knee Extensors; Consequences of Initial Strength, Vibration Frequency, and Joint Angle [Savelberg HH, Keizer HA, Meijer K. Department of Human Movement Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands.]
  • Conclusion:  Muscle length during training affects the angle of knee joint at which the maximal extension moment was generated. Moreover, in weaker subjects WBV resulted in higher maximal knee joint extension moments. Vibration frequency and muscle length during vibration did not affect this joint moment gain.

 

Lower Back Pain & Pelvic Instability

  • Study:  The Effect of Weight-Bearing Exercise with Low Frequency, Whole Body Vibration on Lumbosacral Proprioception: A Pilot Study on Normal Subjects [Fontana TL, Richardson CA, Stanton WR. School of Health and Rehabilitation Science, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD 4072, Australia.]
  • Conclusion:  WBV, and the reflexive muscle contraction it provokes, has the potential to induce strength gain in the knee extensors of previously untrained females to the same extent as resistance training at moderate intensity.  It was clearly shown the strength increases after WBV training are not attributable to a placebo effect.

Osteoporosis, Arthritis & Rheumatism

  • Study:  The incidence of osteoporosis, a disease that manifests in the elderly, may be reduced by increasing peak bone mass in the young women. [J Bone Miner Res 2006;21:1464-1474. Published online on June 26, 2006; doi: 10.1359/JBMR.060612.]
  • Conclusions: Short bouts of extremely low-level mechanical signals, several orders of magnitude below that associated with vigorous exercise, increased bone and muscle mass in the weight-bearing skeleton of young adult females with low BMD. Should these musculoskeletal enhancements be preserved through adulthood, this intervention may prove to be a deterrent to osteoporosis in the elderly.

 

 

Other Benefits

  • Stress & Pain Reduction
  • Neuromuscular Re-Education
  • Circulatory Functioning
  • General Health & Wellness

 

 

Regardless of age, WBV provides a low impact vertical exercise solution that can work the entire body or specific body parts.  The reduction of pain and discomfort can dramatically improve flexibility and range of motion.  As a standalone exercise program, or even as a pre/post workout addition, provides many muscular benefits in a fraction of the time.  One of the major perks of WBV is its ability to allow individuals with debilitating illnesses or restrictive conditions to enhance their quality of life, which is something we strive to achieve at Hopkins Chiropractic.  Have we piqued your interest?  If so, call us and schedule an appointment to see what Whole Body Vibration Therapy can do for you.

 

Planning for Success

Every successful athlete knows that a plan is necessary to reach the highest levels of performance. How many practice sessions are needed each week, what kinds of things to work on during each session, how much rest to get, how much and what kinds of food to eat, how much water to drink - these are some of the factors in an overall program for athletic success.

Venus and Serena Williams, Lisa Leslie and Diana Taurasi of the WNBA, and Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh (perennial women's beach volleyball champions) are examples of world-class athletes who have very clearly defined roadmaps to help them get where they want to go. Michael Jordan worked on his jump shot every day, even after he won his sixth world championship. Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees takes batting practice and does strength training every day during the baseball season, as he continues a stellar Hall of Fame career. Track-and-field stars such as Usain Bolt of Jamaica (brand-new double world-record holder in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash) train year round and have very specific plans to reach their performance peaks at race time.

Even though we may not plan to become professional athletes, we still require a plan for success in terms of physical performance and overall health and well-being. 1-3However, most of us don't consider health and fitness from the point of view of planning. We forget that the hallowed maxim of business success - "if you fail to plan, you're planning to fail" - applies equally to health and fitness. What happens if we don't have an actual plan for being healthy? We eat to satisfy cravings. We sit on the couch and watch TV all evening. We spend all weekend at the mall. None of these activities helps us maintain good health. We put on weight, year after year, and allow our bodies to deteriorate hour after sedentary hour.

What would we be doing if we had a plan for achieving optimal health and wellness? Obviously we'd be consuming a healthful diet and engaging in regular vigorous exercise. We'd maintain a good weight for our particular body type and we'd be getting sufficient rest on a weekly average. Maybe not so obviously we'd also see our chiropractors regularly. Chiropractic care is a key ingredient in planning for long-term health and wellness. Your chiropractor is an expert in human performance.

We are able to identify roadblocks and limitations that can be corrected with chiropractic care. Diet, exercise, and rest are critically important to good health. The underlying mechanism that coordinates all your body's activities - the nerve system - needs to be in top shape, too. That's where chiropractic care comes in. Talk with us  about your plans for your family's health and wellness. We  will be glad to help design programs that will work for your entire family.

1Holla J, et al: Recreational exercise in rheumatic diseases. Int J Sports Med August 14, 2009 (online ahead of print)
2Pisinger C, et al: The relationship between lifestyle and self-reported health in a general population. Prev Med August 27, 2009 (online ahead of print)
3Sternfeld B, et al: Improving diet and physical activity with ALIVE. Am J Prev Med 36(6):475-483, 2009


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How Do I Start?

Planning for success in the realm of health and wellness could start right now, in this moment. As with success in any other area of life, success in health begins with a choice and a shift in attitude. The choice to be healthy. The attitude of being responsible for your own health.

With a positive attitude and the freedom that comes with a choice, you're all set to begin working your plan. Having a healthy diet and doing regular vigorous exercise are deeply related, and engaging in one area will support and improve the benefits of the other.

Start right where you are - there's no special preparation needed. If you've not exercised in a very long time, begin by walking ten minutes a day for a week. Over the next four weeks, slowly build up your time and then gradually increase your pace. By the time you're able to do 30 minutes of very brisk walking, you'll be noticing some amazing changes.

To begin eating a healthful diet, a good place to start is with fresh fruits and vegetables. Five portions a day is highly recommended (in fact, this is the recommendation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Choose colorful fruits and vegetables - these are  packed with nutrients. Cut way down on fast food, sugar, salt, and empty calories and you're working your plan!

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