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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.


New Year's Resolution - Find Out Whether Chiropractic Care Is Right for You

How to Choose Your Chiropractor
In moderate and more heavily populated areas there is usually an abundance of choices for every profession. Physicians of all specialties, optometrists, accountants, business consultants, and attorneys occupy all available office space in professional buildings. How to choose the one who's right for you?

The best approach, of course, is to request a personal recommendation from a family member or friend. The professional person recommended is then known to be a skilled practitioner. With a personal recommendation, you have real-world information - you know the specialist is skilled and competent - you're not flying blind.

When meeting a new professional, the rubber meets the road when you get together face-to-face. You should be treated respectfully and your time should be valued. The office itself should be pleasant and comfortable. The office staff should be professional and help you to be at ease in a new environment.

And most importantly, your chiropractor should answer all your questions. When you're with the chiropractor who's right for you, as with any other professional, you'll have the experience that you're in the right place.
It's early January - a New Year - and you've decided this is going to be the year you actually fulfill your list of New Year's resolutions. This is going to be the year you finally start taking good care of yourself. You're going to exercise regularly, you're going to lose weight, and you're going to find our whether chiropractic care can make a difference in your life.

You've been promising yourself good health for years. Your friends and even some family members have been recommending chiropractic health care to you for a very long time. You decide you're ready to take action and you make an appointment to see your local chiropractor.

Chiropractic health care is more important now than ever before. Today 47 million Americans are without any form of health insurance. Another 25 million Americans are underinsured. Health care costs continue to rise and household incomes have been flat for many years. Chiropractic health care can play a large part in the solution to our health care crisis.

Chiropractic care is low-cost but provides high value. Chiropractic treatment is focused on the musculoskeletal system - muscles, joints, and bones - but is designed to primarily address the functioning of the nerve system. In a word, chiropractic care makes your nerve system more efficient. And an efficient system of nerve supply is necessary for optimal functioning of all other critical body systems - your digestive, cardiovascular, immune, and respiratory systems.

Chiropractic care utilizes a hands-on approach, and office visits provide real, personal interactions between you and your chiropractor. Your chiropractor is highly trained in a variety of disciplines - including restorative exercise and nutritional evaluation - and will make recommendations that are specifically designed for your needs.

Chiropractic care itself - called spinal adjustments - is gentle and relaxing. Immediate results often include increased mobility of the neck, back, shoulders, and hips. People often report sensations of increased alertness and increased focus. And for those with back-related pain, improvement is often noted within 24 or 48 hours.

Additional profound benefits of chiropractic care derive from its direct effect on nerve system functioning.1,2 Although chiropractic health care is not specifically a treatment for headaches, allergies, asthma, menstrual cramps, or digestive problems, improvement in one's health may occur across the board as an indirect result of chiropractic therapy.

So, chiropractic care provides a lot of bang for your buck - a lot of health benefit for your health care dollar. And at your chiropractor's office, you not only receive the benefit of treatment but also the benefit of health-care knowledge - you learn about how your body works and how to take care of it. Your chiropractor is an educator as well as a health-care provider, interested in all aspects of your health and well-being.3

1Bronfort G, et al: Efficacy of spinal manipulation and mobilization for low back pain and neck pain: a systematic review and best evidence synthesis. Spine J 4(3):335-356, 2004
2Stuber KJ, Smith DL: Chiropractic treatment of pregnancy-related low back pain: a systematic review of the evidence. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 31(6):447-454, 2008
3Johnson C, et al: Chiropractic and public health: current state and future vision.
J Manipulative Physiol Ther 31(6):397-410, 2008


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