Here is an introduction to the equipment we use at our clinics. It includes the mechanics of the equipment and what they are used to resolve.
Flexion – distraction: This specialty table is my work horse. My favorite tool in treating low to mid-back disorders. I can treat everything from mild aches to severe pain. An F/D table has a torso half and a lower extremity half which is connected to hydraulic pistons. This machine has a mechanical and manual component to the treatment of back pain. The patient lays face down on this table and ankle straps are used to anchor down the lower extremities. The reason for using the straps is because the table had hydraulic pistons that pull the half of the table the legs lay on away from the torso part of the table. After tractioning out the lower extremities I can stand at the side of the table which is raised to the level of my hips, and add an opposing force to the tissue above the injured area to complement the traction. As if this wasn’t enough, the leg half of the table unhooks and moves along a track from side to side so that more traction can be added to the muscles on both sides of the spine. This is a great treatment for aching or muscles in spasm that is always signs and symptoms of low back pain. The healing doesn’t stop there. The F/D table can also be unhinged so that the leg half of the table can be flexed down towards the floor. Once again, I can add opposing force but this time directly to the vertebrae while lightly lowering the leg half of the table slowly towards the table. The treatment here is geared more directly to the discs of the spine and the nerves that exit the spinal column between adjacent segments. By tractioning away adjacent vertebrae we remove the compressive forces on the disc and the nerves in between.
Decompression – Along with flexion/distraction and intersegmental spinal straction, The Chicago FIX is one of the only Chicagoland centers that carries all three of these Spine Traction Therapies. Decompression is an automated mechanical neck and low back spinal traction – several adjacent vertebrae in the back are pulled away from one another. Decompression relieves the compressing insult on disc and nerves as they exit between adjacent vertebrae. From tight muscles to bulging/herniated discs, the decompression table is best conservative care available – the best chance to save a patient from the operating table. Inter segmental traction: Everyone’s favorite table. A lucky patient lies on this leather topped table face up while three large rollers start spinning under the top cover of the table while moving from along the middle of the table from neck to low back. This table performs a similar massage treatment as one of those fancy massage chairs but in a more effective manner. Where the massage chairs fail? They forgot about gravity. The idea behind intersegmental traction is to take the pressure off of the disc and nerves between adjacent vertebrae by increasing the space (tractioning) between the vertebrae. A much harder goal to accomplish if the vertebrae are stacked one on top of the other. So why not lie down and take gravity out of the equation? Laying down removes the compressive pressures between the vertebrae by removing gravity and therefore can more effectively manipulate the segments. To achieve true traction the table must take the compressive pressures off of the intervertebral discs and nerves. As the rollers pass between 2 adjacent vertebrae, the roller will raise and push back one segment while raising and pushing forward the other segment. The roller raising and moving these segments away from each other constitutes traction. The perfect treatment for everything from sore back muscles to disc disorders or nerve impingements
Game Ready Cryo-Compression System – An Injured Athlete’s Best Friend. The Game Ready System brings R.I.C.E. from and ice pack and an Ace Bandage wrap to a whole new level. Aside from our clinics, you can find a Game Ready System on the bench or in training rooms of almost every Pro team out there. The system contains different sleeves that cover joints from the shoulder to the fingers and toes. These sleeves have a network of bladders that fill with air and water. The Game Ready reservoir pumps ice water through the water bladder to cover the entire injured joint. While the ice water is circulated around the joint, the air bladder inflates to put uniform compression on the entire joint and relaxes to release the pressure. So the entire system keeps the joint at a constant ideal icing temperature while “milking” the swelling away with its repetitive compressing cycles. The overall effect is a more potent treatment for pain, swelling, bruising, and overall tissue damage associated with sprains/strains. Just add Rest and Elevate to the way Game Ready System does R.I.C.E. and you have the most dynamic and effective treatment for joint sprains or muscle strains in the industry. From sore pitching shoulders, bumped elbows, jammed fingers, to pulled hamstrings, shin splints, rolled ankles, and the bad backs in between – this is the treatment that is guaranteed to get you Ready for the next Game faster. You can either join a professional sports team or call us for The FIX.
Proprioception – this refers to the brain`s idea of where other parts of the body are in space and in reference to the rest of the body. There is an on-going sub conscience conversation between the brain and every joint in the body that informs the brain of the body’s position and therefore provides the brain the exact info it needs to proper balanced movements. Information like the foot is in the correct position so that weight can be applied. Or where the arms are in reference to each other so that they can meet near one another in space to catch a ball. This info also plays a big role in the body`s ability to correct body position when reacting to unexpected events. Take for example tripping while walking. Proprioception is a reflexive conversation the brain has with the lower body that allows it to realize where the body is in space when tripping and then that information is used to quickly react to the trip by readying the legs so that fall doesn’t result. This exchange of information allows the brain to know where each joint is in space and be aware of what moves to make. It this communication that allows us to move around obstacles in a room with the lights off. Swelling of injured tissue – the swelling of injured tissue comes from the leaking of blood from the internal injury site and the body`s reflexive reaction to F/D – a spinal traction table used to traction (lightly and slowly pull apart) segments of the spine in order to release compressive pressures that placed\ on the vertebrae/disc/nerves of the back. This table uses hydraulic pistons to traction the spine – essentially pulling on vertebra away from the other adjacent vertebrae. This has the potential to remove any compressing pressure that is affecting the spine anatomy. Pressure that can be bothering the soft tissue structures like the disc or nerves as they exit the spinal canal. Very similar to how an inversion table works to release the compressive forces placed on the spine by flipping a patient upside down.
Vertimax the bungee just went pro!!! The days of bungee resistance training are gone vertimax offers an even more dynamic, constant resistance, sports specific strength training. Bungee cords have a wide range of intensities that span from completely laxed to maximal resistance. This limits the athlete to a narrow area of optimal resistance. The fluctuation of intensities also puts a shock of the joints being strengthened. The Vertimax bungee/pulley system allows for a near constant level of resistance that spans several feet away from the Vertimax platform. This means that athletes can leave the platform to perform real-life training scenarios while having the constant non-jarring resistance of the Vertimax. The Vertimax has harnesses designed to free up the extremities so that athletes can actually use their equipment while strength training with the Vertimax. Basketball players can perform dribbling skills, volleyball players can practice net approach and serving, sprinters can practice starts off of blocks, and so on all while attached to the vertimax.