Sound waves exist in various forms, from the whirring of a fan to the rumble of thunder. But when harnessed, these sound waves can significantly benefit our health.
Miracle Wave® Therapy is a revolutionary new treatment helping people overcome chronic pain and a myriad of other health issues using acoustic wave therapy! This cutting-edge therapy stimulates the body’s natural healing processes, relieving a wide range of conditions. Unlike traditional treatments, which often have several side effects, Miracle Wave® is non-invasive and safe!
In this article, we will explore the science behind Miracle Wave® and how it can prove beneficial to you. Whether you’re dealing with chronic pain, nerve damage, or other health challenges, this innovative treatment may be the answer you’ve been searching for!
Miracle Wave®’s innovative equipment delivers the healing benefits of shockwave therapy to the patient in a unique and effective way. The acoustic sound waves are sent to the trigger points to rejuvenate muscle tissue, improve blood circulation, and reduce minor musculoskeletal aches and pains. This non-invasive treatment solution is ideal for anyone struggling with chronic pain, nerve damage, and other health issues.
What Do the Acoustic Pulses Entail?
Acoustic wave therapy uses high-energy sound waves to revitalize the body’s healing process without damage to the soft tissue or the connective tissue.
Shock wave therapy is usually performed as an outpatient treatment, with patients being able to return to their routine on the same day. The treatment works perfectly alongside other chiropractic techniques, fitting in seamlessly to an existing treatment plan.
Miracle Wave® Helps Stimulate the Body’s Natural, Self-Healing Process!
Shock waves, a more intense version of acoustic wave therapy, are used to target trigger points in the body. These areas can be affected by a host of ailments, such as poor local blood circulation, chronic pain, stiff muscle tissue, or injured tissue.
The shock wave technology relies on mechanical force to cause microtrauma to the soft and connective tissues without damage. This force stimulates blood flow to the area, providing much-needed oxygen and nutrients to the body’s tissue. The process speeds up healing through the increase of metabolic activity. Additionally, sound waves can help break down scar tissue and reduce inflammation.
How Does the Miracle Wave® Technology Benefit the Patient?
Miracle Wave® is a non-invasive treatment with little to no downtime. It is mainly beneficial for patients who do not have the time to devote to more invasive procedures. Once the treatment is completed, returning to your regular daily habits takes one simple step!
Miracle Wave® is a holistic treatment. It works to rejuvenate and heal the targeting area from the inside out. As a result, shock therapy resolves physical manifestations of pain and results in lowered cortisol levels and significant stress reduction!
Each person’s case is different, so it is best to come in for a consultation to assess what treatment plan would be best for you.
What Are the Advantages of Choosing Miracle Wave® Over Other Treatments?
Deep tissue laser therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy are among the few other treatment options that people consider when looking into Miracle Wave®. These treatment options are effective but come with more severe side effects, such as burns, lung injury, and temporary nearsightedness.
While not risk-free, Miracle Wave® is a much safer, more predictable option than many other similar treatments!
How Long Before I See Improvements?
Symptom relief is immediately noticeable after each treatment session. However, the fuller effects of the treatment will take a couple of days to become apparent. Severe symptoms may appear just before the subsequent treatment session. Once the treatment plan is completed, it may take 2-3 weeks for the body’s natural healing to begin, which is when the actual Miracle Wave® results will take effect.
How Much Does Wave Therapy Cost?
All ailments are unique. The physical and hormonal manifestations of these ailments often result in varied symptoms. That is why it is imperative to consult with Dr. Doerr and his team to ensure that the proper treatment plan is being prescribed so that you notice immediate results!
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Sarah worked in her employer’s IT department. The room she worked in had removable floor tiles to allow access to the extensive wiring beneath the floor. One day, a coworker removed a tile to repair then forgot to replace it. Later, as Sarah walked through the area, she stepped into the gap and stumbled. As she fell, her leg twisted at the knee.
Employers are subject to extensive safety regulations, and most make great efforts to train and educate their employees on how to avoid a work injury. Machinery and vehicles are fitted with safety features, and where needed, employees are given gear such as steel-toed shoes, hard hats, and safety harnesses and vests.
No doubt, these efforts have prevented countless injuries and saved countless lives. But workplace injuries still happen. Often these incidents cause musculoskeletal injuries. For this, a chiropractor is the one to see.
Here we’ll look at common workplace injuries and how a chiropractor can provide the most effective treatment for many of them.
How Often Is Often? Work-Related Injury Statistics
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2019 (the last year before the pandemic changed the workplace), there were 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private employers. About 888,220 of these injured or ill employees missed at least one day of work.
The manufacturing industry accounted for 15%, with cases ranging from “sprains, strains, or tears (28.0%), 16,790 cases of soreness or pain (14.5%), and 15,380 cases involving cuts, lacerations, or punctures (13.3%).”
Not surprisingly, the occupations most prone to injury are those where people work with machinery and tools, are on their feet a large portion of their work time, handle heavy objects, or require repetitive motions. Nurses and retail salespeople are not who you might think are on a list with people in construction, but they feature prominently on the list.
According to the National Safety Council, two of the top three work injury causes are overexertion (21.7%) and falls, slips, and trips (18.0%).
In previous years, higher percentages were attributed to these categories. However, COVID-19 pushed another category—exposure to harmful substances or environments—to the top. Other typical causes of work-related injury include repetitive motions and vehicle accidents.
These cases often result in musculoskeletal injuries that can benefit greatly from chiropractic care.
Some of the most frequent injuries are sprains, strains, and tears from slips and falls. Overexertion causes strained or torn muscles, ligaments, or tendons. Back pain is common and may be due to disc injury.
Repetitive motion injuries include tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, bursitis, rotator cuff injury, and trigger finger. Vehicle accident injuries often include whiplash.
What Are Advantages to Chiropractic Care for Workplace Injuries?
A chiropractor can contribute significantly to eliminating pain and recovering as quickly as possible. Several studies indicate that a person with a work injury given chiropractic care requires less time for recovery, is less likely to need a hospital stay, and ends up with a smaller bill than standard medical services. In addition, chiropractic treatments can help get employees back to work sooner.
Another vital advantage of chiropractic care is that it is drug-free. We have been facing a crisis of opioid addiction due to an increase in prescribed pain medications. Chiropractic techniques use alternative, more natural means to alleviate pain. In one study, patients receiving chiropractic treatment for lower back pain were 90% less likely to use opioids.
At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we often partner with medical practitioners who often refer patients to us. Together, we provide thorough care for quick recovery. Studies show that combining chiropractic treatments and standard medical care for lower back pain affords patients more effective pain relief and less disability than just standard medical care.
What Kind of Work Injuries Do Chiropractors Treat?
Chiropractors treat musculoskeletal injuries to the spine, neck, back, bones, joints, and surrounding tissues. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use various tools and techniques to locate the source of the pain, develop a drug-free treatment plan, and promote a full recovery.
#1: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a compression in the wrist caused by repetitive motions. We use soft tissue techniques, Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, cold laser, and rehabilitation procedures to relieve pain and stabilize the wrist.
#2: Ankle Sprain
A patient sprained an ankle after an awkward fall on the factory floor. The ankle may be swollen and bruised, and ligaments may be stretched or torn. We remove the swelling on the ligament and use soft tissue treatments and rehabilitation. In addition, we often use taping techniques—developed by our own Dr. Gregory Doerr—for stability and protection.
#3: Disc Herniation
A patient had a car accident during work travel and ended up with a disc herniation. Here, the cartilage surrounding the soft cushioning center is injured, and the center leaks out, which can cause sciatica. We use low back traction, rehabilitation exercises, various soft tissue techniques, manipulation, and mobilization to treat disc herniation.
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The workplace is much safer today than it was decades ago. Workplace safety laws, employee training, and standard safety equipment and measures have tremendously reduced the risk of injury and death. But when accidents do occur, a chiropractor can be the ideal doctor for specific common workplace injuries.
These injuries can occur anywhere, from a high-rise construction site to an office filled with cubicles. The musculoskeletal type of injuries can benefit from the services of a chiropractor or a combination of chiropractor and standard medical care.
So you finally decided to start running again in the hopes of getting back into shape, but alas, you find yourself with a nagging pain in your lower leg after covering a few miles. This pain you feel might be a shin splint and is one of the most common injuries runners get.
Shin splints, medically known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS), often occur in runners due to the repetitive tiny stress fractures on the shin or extremely tight muscles. The chances of getting shin splints are more likely when you haven’t run for a while and overexert your tight muscles, or you suddenly ran a longer distance than you’re used to without a gradual build-up.
However, it’s not only runners who are susceptible to shin splints. People who frequently do high-intensity exercise programs can also become plagued with shin splints, especially if they have a weak core and hip. Additionally, individuals with flatter feet or higher arches than average are more likely to experience shin splints.
Although the pain from shin splints can cause you to change your running or exercising habits temporarily, you shouldn’t worry too much about it. There are several stretches and exercises to help you feel better and prevent shin splints from disrupting your fitness journey in the future.
What Are the Best Shin Splint Stretches I Can Do at Home?
Here are some of the best shin splint stretches we recommend to help you strengthen your feet, hips, and lower legs so you can get back on track:
Shin Splint Stretch # 1: Foot stretch
This exercise can help release tightness in your feet.
Stand with your feet together.
Kneel down while keeping your toes tucked under your feet and your hands on the top of your thighs. The pressure should be on your knees and the balls of your feet.
To feel the stretch more, sit back on your heels while keeping your hands on top of your thighs.
Hold the position for 45 seconds.
Shin Splint Stretch # 2: Straight-leg Calf Raises
This exercise can strengthen the gastroc and soleus muscles, which will help reduce the pressure on your shin bone.
Stand on the edge of a step or an elevated box.
Drop your heels toward the floor while keeping your legs straight.
Push up onto your toes so that your heels are in the air.
Slowly lower back down, repeat 10-12 times and repeat with the other leg.
This exercise targets and strengthens the muscles of the inner shin.
Tie one end of a resistance band around something stable, like the leg of a sturdy table or pole, and the other end around your right foot.
Sit on the ground with your right leg stretched out straight in front of you, with the table on your right. Make sure there is enough tension in the band.
Use your foot to pull the band away from the table or towards the inside of your body.
Return to the starting position and repeat 10-12 times. Repeat the exercise on your left foot and make sure the table is on the left side.
Shin Splint Stretch # 4: Soleus Squat
This exercise will strengthen the soleus and the quads. These two muscles are essential for absorbing impact when you’re running.
Slide your back down a wall until your knees are bent about 80 degrees.
Push up on your toes, so your heels are in the air.
Hold for 20-30 seconds, and repeat 3-4 times.
Shin Splint Stretch # 5: Step-ups
Step-ups are another exercise that can help strengthen your glutes, which are crucial for absorbing load when running.
Find a step or elevated box a few inches lower than your knees (if you want more of a challenge, make the step higher).
Place one foot on the step and stand up, driving your knee upward into a running position. Be careful not to push off with your back leg.
Slowly lower your foot back down to the ground. Repeat 10-12 times on each side.
Shin Splint Stretch # 6: Toe and Heel Walk
This exercise targets your ankles, calves, and anterior tibialis muscles in the front to help you relieve pain from your shin splints.
Stand with your shoulder-width apart.
Lift yourself onto your toes and slowly roll back onto your heels. Do this a few times until you get comfortable with the movement.
When you’re comfortable, raise back up to your toes and walk a few steps forward or until your space allows it.
When you turn around, walk back using your heels.
Do 3-5 rounds.
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We hope these exercises and stretches will help you with your shin splints. However, if the pain persists, don’t be afraid to seek out help from a professional. Chiropractic adjustments can quickly help alleviate pain in your joints and allow you to function at a grander capacity. Your chiropractor can also tailor a specific set of exercises just for you to help speed up your healing process.
While playing soccer, Janine ran into another player, and with her next step, her foot landed awkwardly. Her ankle rolled. Joe was working on a home improvement project. He slipped on the last rung of his ladder and twisted his ankle. Pat’s Rottweiler saw a squirrel and gave a sudden pull on the leash. Pat stumbled before he could catch up. They all had ankle sprains.
10 to 30% of young athletes’ injuries involve ankles.
About 1 million people each year see a doctor about an ankle injury.
About 75% of ankle injuries are sprains.
Over 40% of ankle sprains may cause chronic issues.
Ankles have ligaments that connect the bones and maintain a normal range of motion. A sprain occurs when the ankle rolls or twists such that the ligaments are forcibly stretched or torn. As a result, they move outside their normal position and range of motion.
An ankle sprain can range from mild to severe. It is assessed using ankle sprain grades—1 through 3—to indicate the level of severity. In the first part of the ankle injury series, we will look at ankle sprains and the grades of severity. In the second part, we will explore a variety of treatments for these injuries.
Ankle Sprains: Causes, Symptoms, and Diagnosis
Numerous ankle injuries happen during sports. Jumping and landing wrong, falling alone or in a pile-up, or getting pushed while running—any number of things can cause an ankle sprain.
But ankle injuries are certainly not limited to athletes. Stumbling over a child’s toy in the middle of the family room floor, losing your balance on a stepstool, stepping and slipping on a stone while walking outside, or losing your balance on a wet tile in the bathroom can affect all of us.
The first symptom, of course, is pain! Even a mild sprain will hurt. There are a few other symptoms, such as:
A possibly a popping noise or sensation at the moment of injury.
The symptoms of a sprain, especially a severe sprain, are similar to those of a bone fracture. Your doctor may require an X-ray or MRI to ensure the injury is a sprain. To determine the severity of the ankle sprain, they will move your ankle in several directions to see which ligaments are injured and assess how the range of motion has been affected. Here, they will identify your ankle sprain grade.
Ankle Sprain Grades
There is more than one grading system for classifying the level of severity of an ankle sprain. The system we describe here is a traditional, widely used system.
There are three grades of ankle sprain severity in the traditional grading system. Each grade reflects the amount of damage done, the extent of swelling and pain, and the level of instability and loss of function. The higher the grade, the more extensive treatment and healing time will be needed to recover full function.
Recovery time for each grade depends on the type and effectiveness of treatment. For each grade below, we indicate a typical recovery time. More time may be needed if other complicating factors are in the picture.
This is a moderate level sprain. The ligament is partially torn, and there is an unusual looseness in the joint. Some collagen fibers in the ligament are torn. There is moderate swelling, and the area feels tender to the touch. The range of motion is decreased, and the ankle is unstable. There is mild to moderate bruising, as the tear has bled under the skin. It may be challenging to put your total weight on that leg. You lose some of your normal function and range of motion.
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Ankle sprains are common injuries for professional athletes to the average person walking along the sidewalk. When you think about it, ankles are relatively small compared to the rest of our bodies, but they have a tremendous job. They keep us moving—walking, running, jumping, landing, turning, and more—all while supporting our total weight. No wonder they seem to be so vulnerable!
If you suffer a sprain, your chiropractor is the one to go to. This is a musculoskeletal injury—a chiropractor’s specialty. They see and treat these injuries every day. That experience will benefit you; you want to heal as fully and quickly as possible. In the second part of this ankle injury series, we will discuss several types of treatments chiropractors use to treat all grades of ankle sprains.
Imagine being unable to reach your favorite book, which sits on a high shelf, without pain. What if it hurt to reach for a jug of milk in the back of the refrigerator? That friendly game of volleyball is out of the question.
Your rotator cuff connects your upper arm and your shoulder blade. When injured, it’s painful and limits your shoulder’s normal range of motion and your ability to perform some of your daily tasks.
Tendinitis: inflammation or irritation of the rotator cuff tendons due to overuse. A common repetitive motion injury.
Bursitis: inflammation or irritation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac protecting the rotator cuff. The sac expands, leaving little room for muscles and tendons to move.
Rotator Cuff Tear: tears as a result of daily use. This is more common in some older people and professions and activities requiring repetitive motion.
The injuries come with pain in the back and shoulder, difficulty reaching above your head or to the side, and a limited range of motion.
Rotator Cuff Injury Treatments
At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we treat rotator cuff injuries with a variety of techniques. Depending on the patient’s condition, we choose the technique(s) that relieve pain as quickly as possible, stabilize the area, and promote healing.
FAKTR, or Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation, Provocation, and Motion, is a treatment developed by Dr. Thomas Hyde and Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center’s own Dr. Gregory Doerr. It uses several soft tissue techniques, resistance training, functional activities, and balance and coordination exercises. As a result, FAKTR reduces pain and restores function faster than conventional treatments.
The Graston Technique is a type of Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) used to reduce scar tissue. It employs stainless steel instruments in various shapes and sizes to identify and treat areas of scarring and chronic inflammation. Like a stethoscope, the instruments augment the doctor’s ability to find these areas. The Graston Technique produces faster and more complete healing.
The Active Release Technique uses a movement-based protocol system. The doctor uses their hands to determine the condition of soft tissue—texture, tone, tightness, and restrictions. The injured area—muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves—is treated with a combination of directionally specific soft tissue contacts with several tissue-selective movement patterns.
Kinesio Taping: taping over and around the injured area. It reduces pain, improves muscular function, decreases swelling and bruising, assists in proper joint alignment, and allows full range of motion of the injured tissues.
Spider Tech Tape: integrates with the body’s natural sensory nervous system. There are three types of application: neurosensory (stimulates skin receptors and decreases the perception of pain), structural (prevent an injurious range of motion, supports good posture, reduces strain), and microcirculatory (creates pressure to sweep away chemical irritants, swelling, and bruising; improves blood flow).
Specific Proprioceptive Response Taping (SPRT) – offers greater relief from the injury when moving. It supports the healing injury while allowing a proper range of motion.
Functional Taping: Dr. Doerr’s signature method. Pre-testing is conducted to ensure the correct taping technique is used and that the outcome will be successful. Dr. Doerr has evolved many concepts into his unique taping applications.
Shock Wave Therapy
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) applies a shock wave to injured tissue for pain reduction and faster healing. This is a non-invasive procedure. Results of clinical trials suggest that this technique is safe and effective. It is used after simpler methods have not produced results and is a less invasive alternative to surgery. Treatments may last up to three weeks.
Cold Laser therapy is also a non-invasive alternative to surgery. Treatment can be in addition to other chiropractic treatments. The aim is to promote the regeneration of healthy tissue. The device does not use heat or radiation. Rather, it uses light, so it does not have the side effects of heat or radiation. In one study, patients receiving physiotherapy and cole laser therapy had better results than patients receiving physiotherapy alone.
Physical rehabilitation consists of procedures and exercises that improve the function and stability of injured areas. In addition, it remodels soft tissues and promotes collagen synthesis. Exercise rehabilitation improves the injured area’s flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, and endurance. Exercise rehabilitation is continued after discharge to prevent re-injury.
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A rotator cuff injury interrupts athletic endeavors and jobs that require repetitive motion. It also affects your daily life, as it can be difficult to do routine things, such as reaching for something on a high shelf. Fortunately, there are several options for treatment. Surgery is only required in the most extreme cases.
Have you ever experienced your finger getting “stuck” or feeling “locked,” and when you try to bend or straighten it, there’s a painful clicking or snapping sound? It may have happened to you while doing your normal day-to-day activities like typing on your laptop or opening a can of soda. Or maybe it happens to you quite often in the morning, after you just got out of bed. This stiffness in your finger is a condition called trigger finger. And while it can be a bothersome situation, the good news is there’s a way to treat it. In this article, we’ll tell you all about what a trigger finger is, what can cause it, and what you can do to remedy it.
What Is a Trigger Finger?
Trigger finger, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, is a condition that causes pain, stiffness, and a locking or catching sensation when you bend or straighten your finger. The loud clicking noise your finger makes when you try to move it has been compared to a trigger being pulled and released, thus the name “trigger finger.” It can affect any finger or more than one finger at a time. However, the ring finger and thumb (also called trigger thumb) are the extremities most commonly affected by the condition.
What Causes Trigger Fingers?
A trigger finger occurs when there’s an inflammation build-up within a finger, so that’s why every time you try to bend or straighten it, you feel tenderness and pain. The inflammation is often caused by repeated forceful movements of the fingers or thumb.
Tendons, which are fibrous tissue bands that connect muscles and bones, are surrounded by a protective sheath. Together with a membrane called synovium, the sheath helps the tendon glide effortlessly to allow movement in your hands. However, harsh and insistent hand movements can cause the tendon’s sheath to become irritated and inflamed, generating pain.
Eventually, the long-term irritation of the tendon sheath can cause scarring and thickening, which affects the tendon’s motion. When this happens, bending your finger or thumb pulls the inflamed tendon through a narrowed sheath and makes it click or snap.
Luckily, you don’t have to live with a trigger finger forever. As long as you treat it early enough, you can cure your trigger finger without undergoing surgery. Here are some of the best non-surgical trigger finger remedies we suggest.
Rest Your Finger
Rest is the best medicine indeed. This age-old remedy may sound simple, but it is truly one you should follow. Resting your finger allows it to calm down and try to heal on its own. Make sure to avoid any hand activities that require forceful and repetitive actions. For additional trigger finger pain relief, take an over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen or NSAIDs, which help reduce inflammation and minimize pain. You’ll be surprised that after a week or two, your fingers will feel perfectly normal again.
Splint Your Finger
When you’re resting your finger, it’s almost impossible not to move it. Moving our fingers to do ordinary tasks like opening a water bottle is second nature to us, so it’s easy to forget that you’re not supposed to move it. Splinting your finger and immobilizing it can help you avoid movement, making the resting phase more effective and recovery time quicker.
Exercise Your Finger
Doing some light exercises for your fingers is also highly recommended by physicians as these can help strengthen and loosen the stiffness from your trigger finger or thumb.
If you have a stress ball, squeezing the ball three to four times a day for a few minutes can help strengthen your thumb.
You can also stretch your fingers by placing your affected hand palm down on a table and using the other hand to lift the affected finger until you feel a good stretch. Hold it for a few seconds and do five repetitions three times a day.
Massage Your Finger
Okay, now who doesn’t love a good massage? Massaging your trigger finger with your other hand can also help provide relief. Use gentle but firm pressure when massaging the affected finger or thumb—massage in small circles for a few minutes, three times a day. However, be careful not to overdo it and always use pain as an indicator. Stop massaging immediately and let your fingers rest if you feel any sudden pain.
Chiropractic Care for Your Finger
Another excellent way to treat your trigger finger or thumb is by undergoing chiropractic care. A chiropractor uses advanced techniques and gentle adjustments that target the spine and extremities to help realign your body and provide relief.
Chiropractors typically use a whole-body approach as they recognize that most conditions are not limited to only what appears to be the affected area. These adjustments will effectively treat the root of the pain, allowing your body to have more holistic healing. Chiropractic is a natural way to treat trigger fingers and other parts of your body that you had no idea needed healing.
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