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.
- 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.
Chiropractic and Reducing Stress
Take a Break!
Pop quiz - how long have you been sitting in that chair? Half-an-hour? An hour? Two hours? More?!!!
Or, basically, how long have you been working at the same task without taking a break?
Most likely, the answer is "too long"!
Everybody's in the same boat. There's so much to do and so little time. That may not be the real reality, but it certainly is
our experience. We drive ahead, force ourselves to keep going, and forget to "stop and smell the roses".
But "smelling the roses" is critical to our health and well-being.
Taking a break, relaxing for just five minutes every hour, makes all the difference.
We certainly live in stressful times. It's not easy to assess whether our era is the most stressful, but we do have plenty of daily stress. The job, the home, the kids, the relatives, and the economy - all these stresses add up and yet we wonder why we have so many aches and pains.
So many ailments are stress-related. Americans are notoriously overweight. Overeating is a stress-coping mechanism.1
Headaches and backaches are often associated with increased stress. There's a strong correlation between high blood pressure and stress, ulcers and stress, and even cancer and stress.
What can we do? The external stresses in our lives aren't going away. Our activity-filled lives are busy and complex - there's always going to be stress. The key is to help avoid or ease the physical effects of stress. Interestingly, chiropractic treatment can be of great assistance in reducing the effects of stress on the body.
In general, stress causes muscles to tighten. This is an unconscious reaction. Tight muscles cause a cascade of further muscle tightening, shortening of muscles and ligaments, and a resulting decrease of mobility in joints, particularly shoulder joints, hip joints, and joints of the spine.2,3
This overall mechanical effect of stress has a number of additional consequences. All the extra unconscious muscle activity wastes precious nutritional resources and uses up energy needed for critical body functions. Lactic acid accumulates, irritating nerve endings and further increasing muscular tightness. And, importantly, the losses in spinal joint mobility lead directly to increased levels of pain. This, of course, leads to more stress.
This vicious circle of stress, muscular tightness, and pain can be relieved and reduced by chiropractic treatment.4
Chiropractic therapy is specially designed to improve joint mobility of the spine and pelvis. This gentle, effective treatment gradually restores maximal spinal motion. Muscle tightness is alleviated, metabolic processes begin to return to normal, and nutrients become more available to help maintain healthy functioning. Levels of pain are reduced, and we become better able to withstand the physical effects of stress.
Your chiropractor will explain the many benefits of treatment, and will provide instruction in stretching techniques and specific exercises that help maintain the positive results of therapy.
There will always be stress. We can learn how to reduce the physical effects of stress, and become stronger, healthier, and happier in the process.
Take a Break! A few quick tips -
up out of your chair or leave your workbench and walk over to an open
window. Change your point-of-view. Breathe some fresh air.
- Go for a five-minute walk, either in the corridors of your building or out-of-doors.
- Call a friend and chat for five minutes.
your eyes, clear your mind, and take an imaginary vacation - relaxing
on a warm beach, deep-sea fishing on a beautiful yacht, or skiing down
a gorgeous mountain.
focused breaks will help reduce muscular tightness and physical stress,
and also help your brain recharge so you can be more creative and
1Marchesini G, et al: Psychiatric distress and health-related quality of life in obesity. Diabetes Nutr Metab 16(3):145-154, 2003
2Weickgenant AL, et al: Coping activities in chronic low back pain: relationship with depression. Pain 53(1):95-103, 1993
3Burns JW: Arousal of negative emotions and symptom-specific reactivity in chronic low back pain patients. Emotion 6(2):309-319, 2006
4Hurwitz EL, et al. A randomized trial of chiropractic and medical care for patients with low back pain. Spine 31(6):611-621, 2006