Whole Body Vibration Training (WBVT): It may be good to shake things up.

Whole Body Vibration Therapy is a passive exercise using vertical directional force against gravity. This creates what some refer to as “hyper gravity”.  Our body responds subconsciously to vibration frequencies of 23 Hz or higher by contracting muscles fibers. This is because the stretch receptors in our muscles and tendons are activated; they respond by rapidly contracting and relaxing every 2-3 seconds resulting in a near 100% activation of muscle fibers, a response that otherwise can only be achieved by extended weight training.  This in turn activates a cascade of physiological responses that can improve bone mass, circulation, and balance. There is also a release of hormones such as human growth hormone (HGH) and serotonin. The benefits include increased muscle tone, prevention of osteoporosis and improved balance to name a few.

Below is a list of potential benefits which are linked to a scientific article. I also linked to Dr. Mercola’s “Peak Fitness” which discusses Whole Body Vibration Therapy. Below are 2 videos demonstrating WBV; one on “The Doctors” and another on Advanced Whole Body Vibration Workout.

The Many Health Benefits of Whole Body Vibrational Training (Dr. Mercola)

 

Aquatic Physical Therapy

Aquatic Physical Therapy uses the unique properties of water for strengthening, stretching, balance and endurance training. Land based physical therapy uses modalities to relieve pain, stretching muscles and equipment for strengthening.  There are times exercise is best performed in water to place less stress on joints.  This is the essence of Aquatic Physical Therapy.

In addition to reducing stress across arthritic joints, it also increases resistance when moving through the water and the ability to work several body parts at one time.  Below is a list taken from a section on the American Physical Therapy Association’s website on Aquatic Physical Therapy listing some of these benefits.

Function
Aerobic capacity/endurance conditioning
Balance, coordination and agility
Body mechanics and postural stabilization
Flexibility
Gait and locomotion
Relaxation
Muscle strength, power, and endurance

Interventions used in Aquatic Physical Therapy include, but are not limited to, therapeutic exercise, functional training, manual therapy, breathing strategies, electrotherapeutic modalities, physical agents and mechanical modalities using the properties of water and techniques unique to the aquatic environment.

So the next time your physician recommends physical therapy ask if Aquatic Physical Therapy is right for you.

Click here to learn more about Aquatic Physical Therapy

 

Kara Lakatosh Achieves Certification in Schroth Method to Treat Scoliosis

SPORTBLUE Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Services is pleased to announced that Kara Lakatosh, PT, MA, has achieved certification in the Schroth Method to Treat Scoliosis.

The Schroth Method is a three-dimensional exercise approach to elongate the trunk and improve imbalances of the spine. The goal of the Schroth Method is to create awareness of the new posture and alignment through position, repetitions and breathing. Exercises are designed to reduce the flat back and rib prominence and restore alignment of the pelvis. Exercise positions may be modified in order to create the optimal position for the patient.

Lakatosh was certified during an intensive hands-on learning and testing program in Palo Alto, Calif. She is co-founder of SPORTBLUE Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Services with her husband, Donald Lakatosh, M.D. Being able to offer the Schroth Method is personal to the Lakatosh because their daughter, Emma, has scoliosis and has benefited from the method.

“I’ve seen improvement from the Schroth Method in my own daughter,” she said. “To be able to offer this and give hope to families in the Knoxville area is important to us.”

Lakatosh will offer the Schroth Method at SPORTBLUE’s Seymour office, located at 11560 Chapman Highway. 865.577.1914.

Knee replacement? There are more options.

Knee osteoarthritis can be painful and disabling. Above age 50 years, 25% of Americans will experience symptomatic knee osteoarthritis. There are approximately 700,000 total knee replacement surgeries each year. It has become almost a right of passage as we age to have a joint replacement with the average cost being almost $50,000. There is also rehabilitation after surgery requiring weeks to months. This surgery is very successful, but there are alternatives.

Several factors predispose many of us to osteoarthritis.  Some risk factors we can control like weight and smoking. However, there are others we cannot control like genetics. Some of these are listed below. Knee osteoarthritis prevalence, risk factors 2011

Risk Factors:

  • Demographic characteristics and family history – Female, Increasing Age, Genetic, Family History.
  • Obesity and metabolic syndrome – Just one pound of weight gain causes 6 pounds of increased stress on the knee.
  • Nutritional and vitamin factors- Deficiency in Vitamins D, K2 and C may accelerate osteoarthritis.
  • Bone density and bone mass – Loss bone mass results in increased risk.
  • Smoking – Increased risk of painful osteoarthritis.
  • Other individual risk factors – Low birth weight, Pre-term birth

Things you can do:

There is no assurance that a knee replacement can be avoided, especially in advanced osteoarthritis, but hopefully, my list of alternative treatments will help reverse the progression of the disease before a knee replacement is necessary.