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Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Research shows that manual therapy combined with some form of exercise is a very effective treatment for spinal, neck and low back pain.  Thats why here at Nordonia Hills Chiropractic, we want to shed some light on how combining chiropractic care with physical therapy can help you reach your healthcare goals.

Although chiropractic care and physical therapy both aim to return function to the body, they approach it in different ways. Chiropractic care focuses on gaining optimal wellness and function by realigning spinal vertebrae through adjustments. This increases the function of the nervous system, which controls all areas of the body. Even though most people think of neck or back pain when they think of seeing a chiropractor, the reality is that improvement in nerve function can have a positive effect on all areas of the body.

Through chiropractic, you regain nerve function and spinal alignment, while physical therapy helps improve strength, flexibility, coordination and mobility.  By combining these two important care practices, we can engage the patient in both active (physical therapy) and passive (chiropractic) care and minimize the need for medications.

Decompression Therapy

Spinal decompression is an alternative type of therapy designed for alleviating pain in the intervertebral disc and promoting healing by gently stretching the spine thereby taking pressure off the spinal discs.  If you are suffering from lasting back pain or other related symptoms, it can be very disruptive to your daily life. Some people find relief through spinal decompression therapy.  SDT is a nonsurgical approach to relieving the pain caused by pressure on the spinal column.  In nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy, the spine is stretched and relaxed intermittently in a controlled manner. This process creates a negative intradiscal pressure, which pulls the herniated or bulging disc material back into the disc and also promotes the passage of healing nutrients into the disc, fostering a better environment for healing.

Whole Body Vibration

Whole Body Vibration was originally developed for the Russian cosmonauts in the 1960's so that their muscles and bone mass would not deteriorate in zero gravity.  On top of keeping muscles and bone mass healthy, it is also a good way to lose weight and maintain fitness. With whole-body vibration, you stand, sit or lie on a machine with a vibrating platform. As the machine vibrates, it transmits energy to your body, forcing your muscles to contract and relax dozens of times each second. The activity may cause you to feel as if you're exerting yourself.
Experts claim using the whole body vibration for as little as 15 minutes a day, three times a week may aid weight loss, burn fat, improve flexibility, enhance blood flow, reduce muscle soreness after exercise, build strength and decrease the stress hormone cortisol.  It has also been proven to reduce back pain, improve strength and balance in older adults and reduce bone loss.
A study compiled over 24 weeks of whole body vibration training on body composition and muscle strength in untrained females showed that whole body vibration training induces a gain in knee-extensor strength combined with a small increase in fat free mass. The gain in strength is comparable to the strength increase following a standard fitness training program consisting of cardiovascular and resistance training.
If you are looking for a quicker and easier way to lose weight, the most common and valuable device targeting weight reduction is a resonance device such as this one.  It is one of the most efficient weight-loss devices and it takes simply 10-15 minutes per day.
One of the more exciting aspects of using whole body vibration exercises is the potential for an anti-aging assist, where researchers have found encouraging results among post-menopausal women.

Research indicates that the following beneficial gains from properly-executed, whole body vibration exercise accrue to a significant numbers of users:

  • Reduced back pain
  • Reduced joint pain
  • Enhanced muscle and bone growth
  • Enhanced levels of flexibility in the target muscle
  • Enhanced calorie burning and overall metabolism rates
  • Enhanced delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the working muscle
  • Reduction in stress levels
  • Reduction in fat and cellulite
  • Reduction in the hormone cortisol
  • Enhanced overall strength
  • Enhanced balance

 

Although the research regarding vibration plate machines is relatively new, companies carrying out their own research into its effectiveness have reported significant improvements in weight loss, muscle tone, strength and flexibility. The equipment has also been demonstrated to bring about beneficial changes in mood, energy levels and blood pressure readings. Generally, all reviews cite an uncontested improvement in bone density.

Erchonia Low Level Cold Laser

Every living cell in the human body made up of muscles, organs, bone, nerve cell and other tissues, functions at a specific frequency. The frequency of these cells change when exposed to emotional and physical stressors, chemical toxins, surgery and even injury. During this process, the communication between the brain and the cells in your body is interrupted. Erchonia is the only cold laser that will help reactivate the communication between the brain and the damaged cells.

Low level laser therapy uses low wavelengths of light to accelerate healing and relieve pain for a variety of acute and chronic conditions particularly neck and back pain.  The laser photons penetrate up to 5 centimeters below the skin, passing through to the subcutaneous tissue.  Photosensitive elements in the cells absorb and interact with the light.  Absorbing the light, the cells trigger processes that heal damaged tissue, increase intracellular metabolism, reduce pain, edema and inflammation.  The capabilities of low-level lasers have been used in fat loss and pain relief for over 50 years.

During the peak of his career, Tiger Woods relied on Erchonia Cold Laser Therapy to speed up tissue recovery and decrease healing time.  ELT is a no-pill pain reducing solution that not only hides your pain, but eliminates it.  In just minutes, laser therapy can have a dramatic effect on your inflammation.  As the inflammation shrinks and shrivels, you begin to feel like you've regained your flexibility again.  With such dramatic results, anyone with spine and joint issues should be taking advantage of this therapy.

The results of using Erchonia Cold Laser Therapy for physical injuries and disorders include a reduction in swelling, an increase in tissue healing, reduction in pain, increased mobility, and maximum recovery.  Listed below are just a few of the many benefits of ELT.

  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Stimulates nerve function
  • Relieves acute and chronic pain
  • Increases the speed and strength of tissue repair
  • Increases blood supply
  • Improves range of motion
  • Develops muscle tissue and collagen
  • Helps generate new healthy cells and tissue
  • Promotes faster wound healing and clot formation
  • Reduces inflammation

Cold Laser Therapy is very beneficial for many disorders including:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Sciatica and leg pain
  • Degenerative, bulging or herniated discs
  • Post-Operation wound healing
  • Sprains, strains, tendonitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Other inflammatory conditions
  • Tennis elbow
  • Onychomycosis
  • Acne
  • Fungus
  • Hashimoto's
  • Shoulder pain & rotator cuff conditions
  • Plantar fasciitis, heel and foot pain
  • Cuts, burns and scars
  • Weight loss
Electric Muscle Stimulation

Electrical Muscle Stimulation sends electrical impulses to your motor nerves in order to create muscle contractions, which in turn helps to strengthen weak muscles, speed up recovery, rehabilitation and development.  By stimulating the sensory nerves, electrical nerve stimulation produces high levels of endorphins to help ease body pain and block pain signals to the brain.  These nerves activate the muscle, which then contracts based on the amount of resistance applied through the device. The brain experiences a similar process when lifting weights.  It has even been hailed as the future of fitness as it helps to correct muscle imbalances in the body that lead to pain and poor posture.  EMS offers considerable strength enhancement and speeds up recovery, making it a good addition to sports therapy.  By increasing the blood flow to your muscles, more red blood cells are able to generate more oxygen.  More oxygen to the muscles speeds up the healing process and flushes toxins from your muscles more efficiently.  EMS helps restore and enhance the connections between the brain and the body that are disrupted by fatigue and injury.

EMS has been shown to:

  • Relax muscle spasms
  • Facilitate recovery
  • Prevent or retard disuse atrophy
  • Increase local blood circulation;
  • Re-educate muscles
  • Help with post-surgical stimulation of calf muscles to prevent venous thrombosis
  • Maintain and increase range of motion
  • Increase muscle strength and density
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