Family Chiropractic Rehabilitation Center
Intersegmental traction tables provide passive motion into your spine for the purpose of increasing mobility and proper biomechanics to spinal joints. The discs of our spines have a poor blood supply after the age of twenty. Sustenance is accomplished and maintained through spinal joint movement. Proper intersegmental spinal movement allows needed proteins/nutrients/water to enter the disc.
This also allows for the removal of waste, decreasing the likelihood of bone spur formation (degenerative arthritis, osteoarthritis). Misalignment of the spine prevents this exchange from occurring. A lack of proper circulation can lead to disc thinning and degeneration of the spine. Intersegmental traction helps restore proper motion and prevent this from occurring.
Neuromuscular Reeducation and Therapeutic Exercises
Neuromuscular Reeducation is a therapeutic technique that our Plymouth chiropractors use to improve balance, coordination, posture, kinesthetic sense and proprioception or the sense of where all your body parts are at any given time.
These normal patterns of movement can be disrupted by auto injuries or slip and fall injuries or may be impaired in people with certain medical conditions. The general aim of Neuromuscular Re-Education is to re-establish normal patterns of movement in injured people and disabled people, by practicing a variety of exercises. At Koenig Family Chiropractic you will work with an chiropractic assistant who will work and train with you to achieve the coordination and balance you need to get back to your pre-injury state.
Whole Body Vibration or WBV?
Whole Body Vibration is done on a vibrating plate that is vibrating at 35hz. This is frequency has been shown to be the most beneficial for injured cases. The vibrations of the plate cause greatly increased levels of muscle contraction. They also force your muscles to contract repeatedly and alternately for improved muscle strength, balance and coordination.
During normal forms of exercise, your muscles contract one or two times per second. Exercising on a vibration plate causes your muscles to contract 30 to 50 times a second. Unlike other forms of exercise which work on only about 40% of your muscle fibers, vibration plate training works on up to 90% of your muscle fibers to help you strengthen muscles and develop more muscle tissue. This leads to increased muscle density and greatly increased strength. You’ll enjoy improved balance, coordination and posture, and increased bone density.
Why Koenig Family Chiropractic Uses Whole Body Vibration
WBV training can also have an effect on activation of core musculature, however with more prominent difference in abdominal muscle activation than the stabilizing muscles of the back:
“The addition of vibration resulted in significant increases in muscle activity particularly in the exercises for the abdominal muscles of up to 7.2 ± 5.5% MVC . In the back muscles, the largest difference by adding vibration was 1.6 ± 1.4% M
VC . The results of this study indicate a low to moderate increase in trunk muscle activation due to WBV.” (1
What about muscle soreness, specifically, the delayed onset variety (DOMS)? WBV seems to alleviate some of this soreness when used before exercise:
“The WBVT group showed a reduction in DOMS symptoms in the form of less maximal isometric and isokinetic voluntary strength loss, lower creatine kinase levels, and less pressure pain threshold and muscle soreness compared with the control group. …Administered before eccentric exercise, WBVT may reduce DOMS via muscle function improvement. Further investigation should be undertaken to ascertain the effectiveness of WBVT in attenuating DOMS in athletes.” (2)
And what happened when they studied the effects of WBV on ankle stability? This one was interesting because though the subjects improved ankle stability based on the changes in their center of mass (COM), the “balancing muscles” (peroneus longus, in this case) did not seem to have been conditioned. This shows that the effects of WBV are mostly neuromuscular, rather than changing the function of the muscle itself. Pretty cool.
“There was a significant improvement in COM distribution over the 6 weeks. WBVT improved static balance and SEBT scores amongst dancers exhibiting ankle instability but did not affect peroneus longus muscle fatigue.” (3)
With WBV it looks like you can train your body to work smarter, not harder.
Other Therapies include Electrical Muscle Stimulation, Ultrasound and Heat and Ice Compression
(1) Acute effects of whole-body vibration on trunk muscles in young healthy adults.
(2) Whole-body vibration and the prevention and treatment of delayed-onset muscle soreness.
(3) Vibration training improves balance in unstable ankles.
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