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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.

 

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Regular Chiropractic Care and a Successful Exercise Program

Exercisers at all levels of proficiency require a firm foundation upon which to build their ongoing physical prowess and progress. Of course, although exercise is a good in and of itself, the outcome of exercise is a likely greater good, that is, long-term health and wellness. In order to achieve these present and future goals, exercisers must ensure they are solidly supported by a balanced and nutritious diet, sufficient rest, and regular chiropractic care.

For example, one of the primary challenges in maintaining an ongoing vigorous exercise program is the need to exert maximum effort and yet avoid injury. We want to make gains over time, gradually and steadily. But biomechanical limitations such as spinal misalignments may interfere with our progress by causing pain and even muscles strains and ligament sprains. These soft tissue injuries may be very problematic, causing setbacks of weeks and even months. By correcting spinal misalignments and helping prevent injuries before they happen, regular chiropractic care helps you and your family achieve your long-term exercise goals.

We are all of us beginners in some aspects of life and quite advanced in others. With respect to useful knowledge in a specific subject area or meaningful practical expertise as related to a specific skill or competency, most of us could accurately assess our particular level of ability. But when exercise is the skill or subject under consideration, many of us are at a loss to evaluate precisely where we are or how we should be classified.1

For example, yoga classes might be offered at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. If you're a basic beginner with no prior yoga experience, you would easily know that you should sign up for the beginner class. If you've participated in yoga consistently for five years and have recently missed two months owing to personal circumstances, you would likely take a few beginner classes to get back in shape, and then could readily rejoin an intermediate or advanced class, depending on your prior level. But if you've taken yoga for several years on an in intermittent basis and have been away from class for quite a while, it may be difficult to know how to restart your yoga practice.

A similar difficulty is present for experienced exercisers who have not done any type of exercise for some time, regardless of whether the specific exercise involves, for example, running, walking, biking, or strength training. One primary problem in returning to exercise after an absence is we want to be sure the time and resources we invest in exercise will yield an appropriate benefit. We are aware of how much weight we used to lift or how fast we used to run or walk and we may imagine that, if we do less than that or exert less effort, we won't get the results we're looking for.

But doing too much too soon will likely result in injury. Aside from the pain incurred by muscle and ligament strains and sprains, an injury will typically set back one's exercise activities by weeks or even months. It's important to recall that engaging in exercise is a lifestyle choice and represents a long-term commitment and course of action. Coming back slowly and steadily after taking time off from exercise will help ensure your return is safe and accomplished successfully. The best approach to exercise when beginning something new or after an absence is always to start at a beginner's level. If you're experienced, you can move up quickly, but beginning at the beginning will always lead to greater rewards.2,3

1Warburton DE, Bredin SS: Reflections on Physical Activity and Health: What Should We Recommend? Can J Cardiol 2016 Feb 26. pii: S0828-282X(16)00064-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2016.01.024. [Epub ahead of print]


2Kofotolis N, et al: Effects of Pilates and trunk strengthening exercises on health-related quality of life in women with chronic low back pain. J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil 2016 Feb 16. [Epub ahead of print]


3Ciolac EG, Rodrigues-da-Silva JM: Resistance Training as a Tool for Preventing and Treating Musculoskeletal Disorders. Sports Med 2016 Feb 25. [Epub ahead of print]

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