New Emerging Cutting Edge Treatment For Balance, Shoulder, And Rehabilitation
We have the only technology of this type in West Texas and we want you to know about it
There was a time when a patient would have a balance issue and chiropractors would simply adjust the neck and send them out the door. Sometimes, that was very effective. Sometimes, it was not. The more forward thinking and rehabilitation-minded providers might have the patient train balance on a Bosu ball, which is definitely more effective but could probably get a bit boring after a week or two.
Fast forward to the 2020's and technology has come a LONG WAY! With our incredible ISO Free technology, we now have the unique ability to train balance in a way that gamifies the rehabilitation process, making it much more fun and enjoyable rather than tedious work and exercise. Our patients get to have fun while also getting better every second.
ISO-FREE is the world’s first Functional Training system for free exercises that incorporates the ability to recognize the movement and balance for controlled and effective training. ISO-FREE is for sports medicine, rehabilitation, and occupational therapy.
It comes with a PC User deck with touch screen (23”), detection load surface (load sensor matrix) and an integrated 3D Camera for motion capture.
Before we get too much further, I have been blown away enough by the technology that I have been signed on as a representative of the company so, should a provider come across this article and be interested in having the technology for their own clinic, just contact Dr. Jeff Williams at creekstonecare @ gmail dot com with ISO FREE INFO in the subject line and I'll get you the information you need to take the next step toward getting this amazing technology for your practice.
Our incredible machine and technology has the capability of not only training balance and reducing fall risk, but it can also test proprioception and can test for concussion-related disorders. Not to mention it's ability to train our patients with common exercises and amazing shoulder rehabilitation exercises.
First, ruling out very rare instances of tumors, Chiari malformations, or something else that would complicate the matter, what are some of the common causes of balance issues?
1. Chronic pain
4. Sensorimotor dysfunction
Let's cover them each very briefly.
We each have a map in our brains. A map of each joint, how it's made, the full capabiliity of each joint, and exactly how it should move. Research has shown us that chronic pain takes that map and it smudges the map making movement less certain and exact and, at times, giving us a sense of dizziness or uncertaintly in our movements.
Next, true vertigo. Vertigo is not light-headedness. It is a distninct spinning feeling and is cause by several things but most commonly is caused by BPPV or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. It's when the particles of our inner ear aren't behaving normally so when a patient with BPPV lies down or changes position in a specific way, they get mismatching and conflicting positional sense from their inner ear and the vertigo starts sending them into outer space. In BPPV, a simple Epley maneuver provided by our clinic or any ENT physician can usually clear it up. In about 85% of the cases actually. Which is an incredible effectiveness percentage!
Next on the list is light-headedness. Most of us know the difference between being light-headed and a distinct spinning. True light-headedness can potentially be due to lack of resources during a particular movement or activity. To be safe, true light-headedness should be evaluated by a cardiologist because if not enough oxygen is getting to the noggin and causing light-headedness, that needs evaluation and potential correction first, before anything else is considered. That's the big stuff and the big stuff always has to be ruled out before dialing further down into the smaller stuff.
Last on the list is Sensorimotor dysfunction. We're not getting off into the weeds on this one so don't go anywhere. It's really somewhat simple to explain. We get information about where we are and how we are oriented in the world through our inner ear, our eyes, and the upper part of our neck where it meets the back of our skull. If there is a mismatch in the information coming in, it is usually in theh upper part of our neck. Our brain takes that sensory information and turns it into motor control for things like our postural muscles that keep us upright and other muscle functions that we just don't normally have to think about. So, when there is bad information coming in, it is then processed into bad information going out to our muscles that can put us off balance with less sure and certain movements.
As mentioned, true vertigo and light-headedness need to be further evaluated by an expert.
However, chronic pain muddy maps and sensorimotor information can be trained and trained rather effectively. Especially when you are going to a provider that has the latest, cutting edge, and innovative equipment that we have here at Creek Stone Integrated Medical.
Watch our YouTube channel for lots of upcoming videos on the ISO Free machine we use here in our clinic for balance training and fall risk reduction, shoulder rehabilitation, concussion evaluation, proprioception testing, and exercise training.
Call 355-3000 and let us get you back on track today!
Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM, DABFP is double Board Certified as a Fellow in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Orthopedics as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Professionals, and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast (https://www.chiropracticforward.com). Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected] Learn more about Dr. Williams and his practice at https://www.amarillochiropractor.com.
Dr. Williams was voted Best Chiropractor In Amarillo in the Best of Amarillo 2020 & 2021. Dr. Williams's full-time Amarillo chiropractic practice is Creek Stone Integrated Medical at 3501 SW 45th St., Ste. T, Amarillo, TX 79109. If you are searching for a chiropractor near me, Dr. Williams is your Amarillo Chiropractor.
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