Sports Recovery Treatment

Sports Recovery Treatment

At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center we have specialized equipment to assist in Athletic Recovery. All of our clinics have NormaTech Recovery gear, Game Ready Compression Icing, Cold Laser, Specialized Myofascial Techniques using cupping and at our Hackensack location AlterG anti-gravity treadmill. If you are finding it difficult to recover or are feeling fatigued and unable to perform, our recovery treatments may be appropriate for you.

NormaTech Recovery:
Specialized compression sleeves that can be placed on the Lower Extremity, Hips or Arms/Shoulders, NormaTech Recovery sleeves assist in gentle soft tissue mobilization, deep muscle contusions/hematomas, “milking” metabolites of exercise out of the tissues to speed recovery, reduce swelling in sprains, and to help decrease fatigue in our patients. NormaTec is the leader in rapid recovery—our systems give a competitive edge to the world’s elite athletes, coaches, and trainers. Our goal is to establish recovery as an integral part of every athlete’s training, and we feel NormaTec systems are the best way to accomplish that. The NormaTec PULSE Recovery Systems are dynamic compression devices designed for recovery and rehab. All of our systems use NormaTec’s patented PULSE technology to help athletes recover faster between trainings and after performance.

NormaTec systems include a control unit and attachments which go on the legs, arms, or hips. They use compressed air to massage your limbs, mobilize fluid, and speed recovery with our patented NormaTec Pulse Massage Pattern. When you use our systems, you will first experience a pre-inflate cycle, during which the connected attachments are molded to your exact body shape. The session will then begin by compressing your feet, hands, or upper quad (depending on which attachment you are using). Similar to the kneading and stroking done during a massage, each segment of the attachment will first compress in a pulsing manner and then release. This will repeat for each segment of the attachment as the compression pattern works its way up your limb. For more information on the NormaTec Recovery System please visit: https://www.normatecrecovery.com/how-compression-works/how-and-science/default.aspx#sci

Game Ready Compression Icing:
Specialized sleeves can be placed on almost any body part to apply compression with super cooled water that runs through sleeves to as low as 34 degrees. These devices can be used to assist in the treatment of acute injuries, reduce pain, and to assist with vascular constriction and following treatment vascular dilation to assist in removing metabolites of fatigue and injury. Cold therapy (cryotherapy) promotes vasoconstriction and reduces blood flow, reduces inflammation and edema (swelling), decreases muscle spasms, decreases metabolic demand, and safely relieves pain without narcotics. Cold therapy is used immediately following acute injury or surgery and as needed thereafter. Game Ready devices have been shown in the literature to: Decrease local tissue temperature, decrease blood flow in acute trauma/post-surgical, reduce narcotic consumption, decrease nerve conduction velocity, improve knee function, improve range of motion, improved gait, decrease swelling, decrease accumulation of edema, decrease inflammation reaction, decrease the cells of inflammation. For more literature on the Game Ready devices visit: https://gameready.com/clinical-evidence/

Cold Laser:
The effects of low level laser treatments are photochemical. Photons enter the tissue and are absorbed in the cell’s mitochondria and at the cell membrane by chromophores. These chromophores are photosensitizers that generate reactive oxygen species following irradiation thereby influencing cellular redox states and the mitochondrial respiratory chain. Within the mitochondria, the photonic energy is converted to electromagnetic energy in the form of molecular bonds in ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate). In order to interact with the living cell, laser light has to be absorbed by intracellular chromophores. Cell membrane permeability increases, which causes physiological changes to occur. These physiological changes affect macrophages, fibroblasts, endothelial cells, mast cells, bradykinin and nerve conduction rates. The clinical and physiological effects are obtained by the way in which tissues absorb laser radiation. This tissue absorption depends on the wavelength of the beam itself and the power to ensure that the laser energy reaches the target tissue at the necessary clinical levels. The improper wavelength of laser light would not penetrate into the tissue to reach the target area. Furthermore, even if one has a laser with the proper wavelength, if the device does not have enough power to drive the energy into the tissue, the target area may not realize the potential benefits. Each type of laser emits light at a very specific wavelength which interacts with the irradiated tissue. It also acts in particular with the chromophores present in the tissue, but in a different way. A chromophore, intrinsic or extrinsic, is any substance, colored or clear, which is able to absorb radiation. Among the endogenous chromophores are water and hemoglobin, nucleic acid and proteins. Among the exogenic chromophores are porphyrins and hematoporphyrins, which are injected into the organism. These are described as photosensitizers because they fix themselves to the tissue making it photosensitive at specific wavelengths.

For more information on MR4 Cold Laser visit: https://www.multiradiance.com/sports-medicine/faq/faq/

Radiopulse Frequency (Shock Wave):
The Miracle Wave® is a new, non-invasive treatment solution that uses high-intensity sound waves (or acoustic pulses) which interact with damaged or inflamed tissues of the body.
The Miracle Wave® helps stimulate the body’s natural, self-healing process by:

  • temporarily increasing local blood circulation
  • relieving minor muscle aches and pains
  • raising the body’s pain threshold

Additionally, our technology is designed to expedite recovery from most damaged tissue injuries without the use of anesthesia and prescription drugs in order to endure treatment.

The Miracle Wave® therapy on their patients have reported post-treatment results such as:

  • relaxation of muscle and connective tissue
  • improved microcirculation
  • noticeably elevated stimulation across the injured area
  • acceleration of metabolic activity
  • heightened neurovascular performance
  • increased serotonin hormone release
  • significant stress reduction as a result of lowered cortisol levels
  • overall revitalization, following a patient’s completed course of treatment

For more information on the Miracle Wave® please visit: http://themiraclewave.blogspot.com/

Alter G anti-gravity Treadmill (ONLY AVAILABLE IN THE HACKENSACK LOCATION):
With the Alter G treadmill, the clinicians at Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center can take as much as 80% of your body weight off to speed your recovery and get you back on the field quicker. It can also be used for active recovery without placing strain on your body parts and existing injuries. The new Via Anti-Gravity Treadmill from AlterG provides your patients a rehab and training experience unlike ever before. Using NASA-developed Differential Air Pressure (DAP) technology, you can apply gentle lifting forces using air to unweight patients to as little as 20% of their bodyweight, and enable a precisely adjustable reduction in impact and gravitational forces while walking, running, or during closed-kinetic chain exercise. The Via Anti-Gravity Treadmill with integrated Stride Smart gait analytics measures gravitational load and provides simplified visual feedback on gait symmetry and impact on pain levels, making it easy for you and your patients to work on improvements in real time. With the new, intuitive, touchscreen cockpit you will easily identify and control the direct effects of unweighting on gait and pain levels, engaging patients in therapy and establishing the optimal rehab plan based on their specific needs. For more clinical research on the Alter G treadmills visit:  https://www.alterg.com/rehabilitation-treadmill-clinical-research/ 

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SPINE & POSTURAL DISORDERS

  • Neck Pain and Headaches: Frequently caused by a combination of joint and muscle problems. Headaches caused by muscle and joint problems in the neck frequently demonstrate a “headband” or “question mark” distribution or originate at the back of the head (suboccipital region). At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use a variety of soft tissue (FAKTR, Graston Technique, Active Release), manipulation/mobilization, and rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region.
  • Disc Herniations: Disc herniations occur when the threshold of cartilage surrounding the soft cushioning center is exceeded and “leaks” out creating irritation to the nerve at that level. This can cause leg pain known as radiculopathy or as many people say, “sciatica”. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use focus on disc pain relieving techniques including Low Back (Lumbar) traction and specific rehab exercises known as McKenzie exercises. When appropriate a variety of soft tissue (FAKTR, Graston Technique, Active Release), manipulation/mobilization, and rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region.
  • Lower Back Pain: Frequently caused by a combination of joint and muscle problems. Pain can be focal to a small region, across the low back, or refer to the upper buttock region. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use a variety of soft tissue (FAKTR, Graston Technique, Active Release), manipulation/mobilization, and rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region.
    sacroiliac pain: In athletic cases sacroiliac pain is frequently caused by as specific lift or activity (deadlifting, kicking with the same leg, bowling, running and single leg jump sports). At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use a variety of soft tissue (FAKTR, Graston Technique, Active Release), Muscle Energy Techniques to correct pelvis joint issues, and when appropriate manipulation/mobilization, taping techniques to relieve pain and assist with ROM and rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region. Patients tend to notice immediate improvement following treatment.

UPPER EXTREMENITY (shoulder/elbow/wrist/hand)

  • Rotator Cuff Impingement: Rotator Cuff injuries and impingement are caused by a number of biomechanical imbalances. In particular, poor shoulder blade movement (scapular dyskinesia) during arm movement, laxity to the ligaments of the front of the shoulder (anterior capsule), tightness of the back ligaments of the shoulder (posterior capsule), rotator cuff imbalances are some of the common causes. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use a variety of soft tissue (FAKTR, Graston Technique, Active Release), manipulation/mobilization especially to the thoracic spine and scapula, taping techniques to relieve pain and assist with ROM, modalities including Radiopulse Frequency (Shock Wave Therapy) and Cold Laser and rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region.
  • AC Sprains: AC sprains, also known as shoulder separations, are caused by trauma to the ligaments that connect part of the shoulder blade (acromion process) and the clavicle (collar bone). This can happen by falling on the shoulder. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use a variety of soft tissue (FAKTR, Graston Technique, Active Release), taping techniques to relieve pain and assist with ROM, rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region and when appropriate manipulation/mobilization especially to the thoracic spine and scapula.
  • Tennis/Golfers Elbow: Frequently known as elbow tendinitis, these conditions are more similar to a rope fraying from the inside out. The goal of treatment to these injuries to regenerate the collagen fingers and remodel the tendon. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use a variety of soft tissue (FAKTR, Graston Technique, Active Release), taping techniques to relieve pain and assist with ROM, rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region, and modalities including Radiopulse Frequency (Shock Wave Therapy) and Cold Laser.
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome/Nerve Entrapment: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a mechanical compression that occurs at the wrist. While most Carpal Tunnel problems do not require surgery, when atrophy or motor deficit on EMG is present, surgery may be required. Conservatively, most CTS problems resolve and are found to be just as effective as more aggressive procedures. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use a variety of soft tissue techniques but find Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) to be the most affective when combined with verve flossing techniques, rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region, and modalities including Cold Laser.
  • Trigger Finger: Trigger Fingers occur when the tendon does not track properly through the fascial slips in the hand and fingers catching and giving a snapping presentation. Early in presentation, trigger fingers respond well to conservative treatment. Later in presentation (months to years after onset) treatment may be affective, but more aggressive treatments including injections and surgery cannot be ruled out. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use a variety of soft tissue (FAKTR, Graston Technique, Active Release), rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region, and modalities including Cold Laser.
  • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis (thumb tendon inflammation) is a repetitive strain injury associated with athletics that frequently over use the thumb/hand. DeQuervain’s is a condition which is a true inflammation between the tendon and tendon sheath. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use a variety of soft tissue (FAKTR, Graston Technique, Active Release), taping techniques to relieve pain and assist with ROM, rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region, and modalities including Cold Laser.
  • Wrist Sprains: Wrist sprains are frequently caused by overuse problems like weight lifting or falling on the hand. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use a variety of soft tissue (FAKTR, Graston Technique, Active Release), taping techniques to relieve pain and assist with ROM, rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region, and modalities including Radiopulse Frequency (Shock Wave Therapy) and Cold Laser.

LOWER EXTREMITY

  • Hip Flexor Injuries: Hip flexor injuries frequently referred to as Hip Flexor Tendinitis is caused by repetitive strain such as running, jumping, kicking or weight lifting. It can be associated with a number of different tendons, and evaluation is critical in determining which tendon is involved. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use a variety of soft tissue (FAKTR, Graston Technique, Active Release), taping techniques to relieve pain and assist with ROM, rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region, and modalities including Radiopulse Frequency (Shock Wave Therapy) and Cold Laser.
  • ITB Syndrome: ITB syndrome is a tightening of the Iliotibial Band producing pain at the outside of the knee or at the hip trochanter. ITB syndromes while painful are rarely the problem and can be caused by mechanics issues at the foot or weakness in the hip during activity. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use a variety of soft tissue (FAKTR, Graston Technique, Active Release), taping techniques to relieve pain and assist with ROM, rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region, and manipulation/mobilization of the lumbopelvic region when appropriate.
  • Piriformis Syndrome: Piriformis Syndrome is an irritation of the piriformis muscle that can create gluteal pain during running and jumping activities or in rare occasions compress the sciatic nerve producing nerve symptoms into the lower extremity. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use a variety of soft tissue (FAKTR, Graston Technique, Active Release), taping techniques to relieve pain and assist with ROM, rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region, modalities including Radiopulse Frequency (Shock Wave Therapy) and Cold Laser, and manipulation/mobilization of the lumbopelvic region when appropriate.
  • Glute Tendonitis: Gluteal Tendonitis is an overuse injury of the pelvic stabilizing muscles. Patients will have pain changing positions, lateral movements, running, jumping. While nerve pain is not produced in this problem, it is possible to get referral patterns into the lower extremity. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use a variety of soft tissue (FAKTR, Graston Technique, Active Release), taping techniques to relieve pain and assist with ROM, rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region, modalities including Radiopulse Frequency (Shock Wave Therapy) and Cold Laser, and manipulation/mobilization of the lumbopelvic region when appropriate.
  • Adductor Strain: Adductor Strains are frequently caused during athletic activity including soccer, basketball, lacrosse, football and other cutting sports, slips and falls, and during weight lifting when squatting and the knee buckles out during a lift. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use a variety of soft tissue (FAKTR, Graston Technique, Active Release), taping techniques to relieve pain and assist with ROM, rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region, and modalities including Radiopulse Frequency (Shock Wave Therapy) and Cold Laser.
  • Patella Tendinitis: Patella Tendinitis is similar to other tendon injuries in that it is a rope fraying from the inside out. There can be complications to this condition in skeletally immature patients including Osgood Shlaughter’s disease (OSD) when the tibial tuberosity is being pulled off the tibia. In cases of OSD, rest may be a critically important component of care in the addition to the other treatments at Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use a variety of soft tissue (FAKTR, Graston Technique, Active Release), taping techniques to relieve pain and assist with ROM, rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region, modalities including Radiopulse Frequency (Shock Wave Therapy) and Cold Laser.
  • Patella Tracking Disorders: Patella Tracking Disorders can be described as a number of different movement problems associated with the patella during flexion and extension of the knee. Pain is usually associated with running, jumping, squatting/lunging, and using stairs. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use a variety of soft tissue (FAKTR, Graston Technique, Active Release), taping techniques to relieve pain and assist with ROM, rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region, modalities including Radiopulse Frequency (Shock Wave Therapy) and Cold Laser.
  • Knee Sprains & Strains: Sprains and strains are usually single event situations that can be caused by trauma or over extending/flexing/twisting the knee. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use a variety of soft tissue (FAKTR, Graston Technique, Active Release), taping techniques to relieve pain and assist with ROM, rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region, modalities including Radiopulse Frequency (Shock Wave Therapy) and Cold Laser.
  • Shin Splints: Shin Splints, medically known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, is one of the most dangerous conditions an athlete faces. When left untreated and with continued activity stress fractures could develop. Signs of stress fracture without imaging include feel a severe ache in the shin while at rest and failure for the taping techniques to provide relief. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use a variety of soft tissue (FAKTR, Graston Technique, Active Release), taping techniques to relieve pain and assist with ROM, rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region, modalities including Radiopulse Frequency (Shock Wave Therapy) and Cold Laser.
  • Achilles tendonitis: Achilles Tendinitis is an overuse injury frequently developed in sports involving running and jumping. This condition resolves very well to conservative care and rarely requires rest to fully resolve condition. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use a variety of soft tissue (FAKTR, Graston Technique, Active Release), taping techniques to relieve pain and assist with ROM, rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region, modalities including Radiopulse Frequency (Shock Wave Therapy) and Cold Laser.
  • Ankle Sprains: Ankle Sprains are one of the most common injuries seen in athletes. They may present with swelling, bruising and pain over the injured ligaments. These injuries are commonly treated with immobilization and rest. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, understanding the latest research we look at these injuries more aggressively. Frequently we can remove swelling that is causing pain on the injured ligament and begin active care including soft tissue treatments and rehab. Icing is only used in the most severe of cases. The taping techniques developed by Dr. Doerr ensure stability of the injured ligaments prevent further strain to the ligaments.
  • Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar Fasciitis is similar to a tendon injury, and presents as pain at the heel or bottom of the foot. Frequently, the pain is worse with first steps in the morning or getting up from prolonged sitting. While this is a common condition with runners and athletes, it is also common with pregnancy patients. People commonly associated this condition with “flat feet”, but high arched feet can experience this problem as well. At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, we use a variety of soft tissue (FAKTR, Graston Technique, Active Release), taping techniques to relieve pain and assist with ROM, rehab procedures to relieve the symptoms and stabilize the region, modalities including Radiopulse Frequency (Shock Wave Therapy) and Cold Laser.