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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
Flexibility & Range of Motion
Bone & Joint Rehabilitation, especially Knee Rehab
Lower Back Pain & Pelvic Instability
Osteoporosis, Arthritis & Rheumatism
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.
|Healthy Backs and Regular Chiropractic Care|
Regular chiropractic care helps your body function at peak capacity. Your body is a dynamic structure and, as in all finely crafted machines, it's possible for subtle things to go wrong. The problem, of course, is that as these problems are subtle we don't know about them until, in a sense, it's too late. Too late, that is, from the point of view of how long it may take to get better now that the problem's been going on for some time.
By receiving regular chiropractic care you're helping to nip various physical problems in the bud. For example, low back stiffness, which if left unattended might develop into a mechanical problem and ultimately a herniated lumbar disc, is identified at the outset and lessened or resolved by regular chiropractic care. By helping you improve your overall health and well-being, regular chiropractic care is a modern implementation of the old proverb, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".
Here's an all-too-common situation. You develop low back pain that lasts for more than a few days and you're uncomfortable enough to go see your primary care physician. He or she tells you it's not clear what's going on and sends you for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study of your lumbar spine. The study comes back showing one or two herniated intervertebral discs. [Intervertebral discs are cartilaginous shock absorbers interspaced between pairs of spinal vertebras.] Your doctor informs you that you have "herniated discs in your back" and prescribes medications and a course of physical therapy. Your doctor may even refer you to an orthopedic surgeon to evaluate the need for surgery on your back.
Now, all of these recommendations may be necessary. Or none of them may be necessary and all that's needed is some rest and an exercise rehabilitation program that you could do on your own if you were given the proper instructions. The culprit here is how the presence of the herniated disc or discs is interpreted. It's important to remember that not all herniated discs are a problem requiring a solution. In fact, a sizable proportion of such disc herniations (30% or more)1 represent the progression of natural processes and are not a problem at all.2,3 But many family doctors and even specialists are not appropriately trained in accurate differentiation among the various possibilities. When faced with MRI evidence of a herniated disc, such doctors see it as a disorder or disease that needs to be treated and fixed. Such an approach results in significant stress and leads to unnecessary procedures and financial hardship for many patients.
Given the frequency of occurrence of such instances of "over-diagnosis", how can a person with back pain expect to receive appropriate care? Of course, people as patients are usually not in a position to be able to overrule their doctor's recommendations. The answer lies in obtaining relevant information. Let your doctor know you're aware that up to one-third of normal persons have herniated discs, and ask whether it's possible that your disc herniation is in fact unrelated to your back pain and merely an incidental finding. Further, if your back pain is not accompanied by leg pain radiating below your knee, it may be that the disc herniation is not affecting spinal nerve roots and may be treated by very conservative measures such as rest followed-up with exercise.
Thus, not all disc herniations have the same impact on a person's health. Some represent normal findings, even if they are present in a person who has back pain. Let your doctor explain to you exactly why your particular problem requires more than watchful waiting. Your local chiropractor will be able to provide you with the very best expert advice and recommendations for any necessary treatment.
1Takatalo J, et al: Does lumbar disc degeneration on magnetic resonance imaging associate with low back symptom severity in young Finnish adults? Spine (Phila PA 1976) 36(25):2180-2189, 2011
2Spontaneous regression of herniated lumbar discs. Kim ES, et al: J Clin Neurosci 2013 Oct 24. pii: S0967-5868(13)00552-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2013.10.008. [Epub ahead of print]
3Endean A, et al: Potential of magnetic resonance imaging findings to refine case definition for mechanical low back pain in epidemiological studies: a systematic review. Spine (Phila PA 1976) 36(2):160-169, 2011