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More Than Medical: Who Can Use Chiropractic Adjusting Tools

functional assessment equipmentWhen you hear the words "chiropractic adjusting tools," you likely think of equipment specifically designed to be used only in very specific circumstances. However, this isn't actually the case; these useful tools can be helpful in a variety of professional environments. With the many potential applications of chiropractic adjusting tools, professionals in many industries can make use of them on a regular basis. Here are a few ways that chiropractic adjusting tools can be useful in your field:

Physical Therapy

Recently injured in your favorite sport? Many physical therapists use these back adjustment tools and physical therapy tools to help athletes recover and get back out onto the field faster. Chiropractic adjusting tools can help tackle scar tissue and muscle injuries, making them a key choice for any physical therapist looking to help patients get back to life as usual after an accident or injury.

Pain Management

In some situations, back pain and muscle pain is more than just a temporary issue. For patients with chronic pain, these chiropractic adjusting instruments can help treat ongoing pain. Worldwide, over 1.5 billion people suffer from chronic pain; many of these people specifically suffer from ongoing back pain. These tools can be incredibly helpful in managing a variety of chronic pain conditions, both for medical professionals as well as for patients to have at home.

Animal Health

Chiropractic adjusting instruments aren't just useful for humans; some veterinarians will even recommend them for pets who have suffered an injury. These tools allow for precision when addressing muscle and tissue problems, which can be helpful for animals where other methods might not be accurate or precise enough. Veterinarians can benefit greatly from adding these physical therapy tools to their practices.

While you might think of chiropractic adjustment tools as exclusively medical tools, they can be used by many different types of professionals in these industries and many more. These tools can be helpful for many people in need of equipment for addressing muscle pain. For more information on these rehab tools, as well as information on other types of functional assessment equipment and range of motion testing solutions, contact JTech Medical today.

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Physical Therapy and the Human Movement System

Physical Therapy and the Human Movement System

Most of us associate physical therapy with post-injury rehabilitation. However, physical therapists are really specialists in human movement systems.

An article posted on Inquirer.com's Sports Doc feature reminds us about the importance of considering range of motion, as well as the role of physical therapists in the context of overall health and wellness:

"It is important to understand that physical therapists are the experts in the movement system, just as we know a cardiologist specializes in the cardiovascular system, the neurologist specializes in the nervous system, the podiatrist the foot, and so on.

In fact, physical therapy is really educating you about your body and teaching you how to move properly to continue the activities which you love. We work to give you the knowledge and treatment/training plan to be pain-free on a daily basis. We assess and design movement programs to put you in the best position for success."

We've seen a lot of interesting new applications for physical therapy in recent years, and every visit with a healthcare professional is an opportunity for education.

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Muscle Testing: A Basic Building Block of Patient Wellness

Muscle TestingMuscle strength is one of the basic building blocks of patient wellness, and, along with mobility, plays a key role in determining a patient's or subject's maximum functional ability. While most practitioners are familiar with the typical "manual resistance" test, some are still not yet aware of the benefits of quantifying and comparing actual force output from a subject's muscles and muscle groups.

Patients may already have a pretty clear idea of the importance of measuring strength: their muscles keep them moving, allow them to do their work, their play, basic activities of daily living, or hug their family. But there's more: in addition to providing a good indicator of therapeutic progress after an injury, subtle changes in bilateral strength or agonist-antagonist joint motions can help to identify changes in wellness that can help to forecast potential injury (or re-injury) in the future, based on changes in performance that might be imperceptible to manual examination alone.

In some cases, a patient themselves may not be aware of their muscle strength limits. Jenny at Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital told us this story about a 30-year-old heart valve replacement patient who wanted to return to work after surgery:

He was told by his physician not to lift more than 10 pounds or his sternum would crack open. We took him into our lab to test his bicep curl. He curled 79 pounds and when we showed him the graph of what he did, it was like he had a light-bulb moment. He lifted 79 pounds and his sternum did not crack open. We had been telling him over and over he could lift more than 10 pounds but he was still unsure until he saw the JTECH graph. Now he can go back to work and not worry. This is a BIG DEAL for him!

Central to the process of quantifying muscle strength is the concept of muscle isolation. In much the same way a patient might be positioned on a table to leverage limb or trunk strength, testing muscles (or specific muscle groups) on an individual basis allows for greater control and accuracy during tests, as well as providing maximum reproducibility for future tests and comparisons, even with different examiners.

When an examination is performed using standard positions and procedures, measurement tools like JTECH's Muscle Strength Testing devices can capture a highly precise maximum value, as well as variation data and bilateral differences. Using software such as JTECH's Northstar also makes it easier to track progress and generate report output for a variety of referral, med-legal, athletic, or patient education scenarios.

Outcomes, users tell us, have often been based on outdated or simplistic evaluations that don't paint a true picture of the patient's performance, or compare to baselines or other objective indications.

We've only covered a small portion of the uses for trunk and limb strength measurements, and in the future we will also introduce a number of other strength evaluations and give some ideas about how they can be implemented in meaningful ways to improve performance and quality of life through sound evaluation techniques!

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An Epidemic Spine Problem in Our Society: Forward Head Posture

A recent blog post at the Parker College of Chiropractic highlights one of the most prevalent factors in neck and low back pain: forward head posture.

On the Alumni Voices blog at Parker College of Chiropractic, Dr. Gregory Johnson outlines the mechanics of gravity as a primary source of stress on the ligaments, muscles, disc, and joints of the spine. Forward Head Posture (FHP) is a reality of our modern age, and Dr. Johnson says it is a factor that can have significant health consequences over a long period of time.

Constantly leaning forward into computer screens, phones, and other handheld devices not only causes serious postural problems, he says, but can cause compression of the upper cavity and lower cavity, affecting lungs and heart, and can even cause gastrointestinal issues.

Gravity is always pulling us down towards the earth 24/7, whether you’re sitting, standing, sleeping, walking or doing any other activity a human being might do during their everyday activities of living, both at work and at home. We have become a sedentary society for the most part, sitting most of the day as we work on a computer or at a desk with our heads leaning or bent forward from our shoulders. This means FHP is very prevalent in our society.

In addition to adults sitting at desks and workstations during the day, Dr. Johnson says this is also something that affects children from an early age, and should prompt us to be mindful of posture to prevent long-term health problems.

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"Movement is Medicine"

Among the immense discord around the world, some goals seem universal:  live longer, look better, and prevent disease. Many companies have capitalized on these goals by selling new creams, producing new medications, or promoting fad diets promising to help individuals live healthier and feel good. However, even if some of these solutions may have merit, there are easier ways to achieve these goals. An individual searching for better health will find success not in reaching for a magical product, but in lacing up tennis shoes. Incorporating exercise into daily life increases an individual’s overall health and wellbeing.

New technologies and research continually back the benefits of exercise as one of the most fundamental health realities. Study after study has revealed how crucial movement is for overall health. In fact, research has shown even minimal movement throughout the day has significant benefits over sitting sedentary. Small steps towards increasing physical activity can translate to large health improvements over time.

The CDC recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week for adults, however, any movement is better than nothing!

Studies have repeatedly shown exercise may help with prevention, treatment, or helping relieve symptoms of many adverse health problems. Some benefits including:

  • Ease symptoms of Arthritis and Parkinson’s
  • Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes and premature death
  • Helps with brain health and thinking skills
  • Slow age-related decline in memory
  • Lifts mood
  • Boost mental health
  • Combat lethargy
  • Lower risk of several types of cancer

The old adages of “motion is lotion,” “rest is rust,” “movement is medicine,” and “use it or lose it” all speak truth. The cause for movement has never been louder. For those dealing with injury or physical discomfort, take the time to meet with a Chiropractor or Physical Therapist as soon as possible. The advancements of adjustment tools and measuring devices allow health professionals to better diagnose and treat patients. With the proper tools and methods, even those with serious injuries have a chance at full recovery.  Whatever ability you’re now at, get moving!

 

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