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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.

 

Paying the Mortgage

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Regular Chiropractic Care and Your Regular Exercise Program
Injury prevention is a primary consideration when participating in any type of exercise program. We don't want to be afraid of injuries, as such, and we don't want to be so cautious as to tiptoe, so to speak, through our workouts. Rather, we want to exercise efficiently and effectively, being focused on the activity at hand and knowledgeable about what it is we are doing in the moment.

Regular chiropractic care helps us exercise optimally while reducing the risk of injury, thus enhancing the benefit and value of the time we spend in our fitness activities. Many injuries, especially those involving the neck and back, result from tight muscles, tight ligaments, and restricted joint motion. Regular chiropractic care helps ensure that these restrictions are detected and corrected before they cause problems. By reducing the potential for exercise-related injury, regular chiropractic care enables us to derive ever-greater benefits from our exercise activities.

Whether we rent or own our home, all of us pay some form of monthly living expenses. Even if we have paid down a mortgage and own our home outright, we still pay monthly utility bills in order to keep our homes functional and livable. We also pay property taxes as part of our participation in various services provided by local government. But, although we're familiar with the concept of monthly maintenance for our brick-and-mortar home, many of us forget to consider that comparable maintenance is required for our metaphorical home, that is, our physical bodies.

Part of the difficulty is that we apparently have received our bodies for free. None of us actually did anything in order to obtain such a precious gift. Yet here we are, and part of being "here" is that we are seemingly equipped in advance with these amazing flesh-and-blood machines. Just as remarkably, it appears there are no fees or charges associated with the use of our bodies. But, as many of us eventually come to realize, such beliefs are false. The failure to recognize our actual responsibilities in the matter of our physical selves can lead to great pain, suffering, and loss. On the other hand, when we recognize the appropriate methods of "payment" that are required for the "rent" of our human forms, we gain a sense of joy, satisfaction, and well-being that was previously unattainable. By taking on the responsibility for the care of our gift, we are specifically acknowledging our part in the bargain of our participation in the process of living.

A primary component of such a maintenance program is regular vigorous exercise.1,2 Many national guidelines recommend 30 minutes of exercise done five days a week.3 Some people find it easy to exercise consistently and have done so for years. Others experience difficulty in setting aside the time required for exercise, finding their lives already so busy that there's no room for any additional activities. Each of us must come to our own terms with the notion of personal responsibility for exercise. No one can tell another what he or she must do.

The relationship between regular exercise and long-term health and wellness is clear and highly correlated. But knowing something is not sufficient. Motivation to take action is personal, and each person will ultimately be successful or not in identifying such ongoing motivation. For all of us, it may be helpful to recall that everything in life is associated with a cost. We live in a cause-and-effect world. All of us, given the choice, would likely choose to be part of the "cause" of our own health, wellness, and well-being. If we choose to be part of the "cause", finding the time to engage in regular vigorous exercise may then become astonishingly easy.

1DeFina LF, et al: Physical activity versus cardiorespiratory fitness: two (partly) distinct components of cardiovascular health? Prog Cardiovasc Dis 57(4):324-329, 2015
2Lavie CJ, et al: Exercise and the cardiovascular system: clinical science and cardiovascular outcomes. Circ Res 117(2):207-219, 2015
3Street SJ, et al: Windows of opportunity for physical activity in the prevention of obesity. Obes Rev 16(10):857-870, 2015

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