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Foam Rolling

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Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release (SMR) technique that is used by athletes and physical therapists to inhibit overactive muscles. This form of stretching utilizes the concept of autogenic inhibition to improve soft tissue extensibility, thus relaxing the muscle and allowing the activation of the antagonist muscle.
Regular use of the roller can be beneficial for enhancing athletic performance, preventing injuries, and expediting injury recovery.  It is a great way to warm up cold muscles for deep, specific stretching, as well as a way to warm up muscles before activity.  The roller is also an effective way to loosen up muscles, such as the IT Band and shin muscles that may be difficult to access with conventional stretches, as well as focusing on tight knots or bands within a muscle. This technique can be effective for many muscles, including: gastrocnemius (calf), latissimus dorsi, piriformis, adductors (inner thigh), quadriceps, hamstrings, hip flexors, thoracic spine (trapezius and rhomboids), and TFL
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Exercise Ball Therapy

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The exercise ball is an exercise treatment option for back pain sufferers and is designed to help prevent or minimize further episodes of low back pain as part of a rehabilitation program.  Exercises using the ball strengthen and develop the core body muscles that help to stabilize the spine.

With the exercise ball, some instability is introduced to the exercise that one would not normally get in a floor exercise. The body responds naturally and automatically to this instability to keep balanced on the exercise ball.  The muscles used to keep in balance on the exercise ball become stronger over time


Power Plate Therapy

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The Power Plate is a vibration device used as a part of wellness solutions for all ages, lifestyles and physical abilities. It uses the principles of Whole Body Vibration to stimulate the body's natural response to vibration. These vibrations transmit waves of energy throughout the body which activates muscle contractions between 25 and 50 times per second.  Power Plate Therapy offers a host of benefits such as improved muscle strength, flexibility, bone density, mobility, balance and blood circulation.

The Power Plate has been used to treat both painful conditions such as sciatica and painful arthritic joints and neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease, Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Sclerosis. Healthcare professionals have also had success in reducing pain, increasing activity levels and elevating mood in Fibromyalgia patients with the Power Plate. It is also used to combat osteoporosis and balance problems in the elderly population.   There are health benefits possible for everyone, such as enhanced metabolism, increased bone mineral density, reduction of the stress hormone cortisol, elevation of Human Growth Hormone and improved lymphatic flow. The Power Plate aids the body in all these ways with little impact on joints and ligaments.  Power Plate therapy is proven to reduce muscle pain and soreness and accelerate the recovery of damaged muscles and tendons.  Our office offers power plate therapy as an adjunct to chiropractic.
 

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