During your care at our office, we may utilize some of the following exercise equipment. These low-tech tools help us improve your progress especially regarding stretching, strengthening, proprioception, and balance. In some cases we may recommend you use them at home to speed and maintain your recovery.
36” High Density Foam Roller
Foam rolling is an effective method of myofascial release used to stretch and inhibit overactive muscles and tight fascia. The foam roller utilizes concept affecting the nervous system to improve soft tissue extensibility, which relaxes the muscle and allows the activation of the appropriate muscle.
This technique can be effective for many muscles of the body, including: the calves (gastrocnemius), back (latissimus dorsi, and spinal erectors), buttocks (piriformis and gluteal), thighs (adductors, quadriceps, hamstrings), hip flexors (psoas), thoracic spine (trapezius and rhomboids), and iliotibial band/tensor fascia latta. Rolling the foam roller under each muscle group using your own body weight helps stretch tight structures, reduces trigger points and improves circulation and flexibility.
Benefits of BOSU Ball Exercises
The BOSU can be used by patients with various conditions and activity levels. The BOSU is great for beginners through experienced athletes.
The use of balance is added to any exercise performed with the BOSU. The act of lunging onto the ball or even just maintaining balance while standing on the ball helps improve proprioception. Proprioception is the system in the body that produces your sense of position. In other words what keeps you from falling over when you stand on one leg. Adding balance and proprioception to any exercise increases the effectiveness of that exercise and helps the body’s protect itself from future injury.
The BOSU ball can also be combined with other equipment such as exercise resistance bands.
Exercise balls are used for both physical therapy and exercise to help with balance, proprioception, core conditioning and strength. They can be used to perform many rehabilitation exercises and, can promote flexibility, coordination, and motor skills. They can also be used in sports medicine, Pilates, aerobics, and yoga. They are perfect for stretching, improving posture and performing balance exercises.
They are also known as stability balls, gymnastic balls, Swiss balls, body balls, therapy balls, fitness balls, balance balls or yoga balls. Improving your balance, strength and speed of muscle contraction helps stabilize the core and postural muscles and thus decreasing future injuries.
The patented MYOSPHERE is a treatment apparatus used in myofascial therapy to provide long-term relief of pain and stiffness. It provides maximum results with myofascial work, muscle relaxation, and trigger point therapy with a simple-to-use, portable and affordable device.
A Thera-Band is a latex resistance band used for physical therapy, posture and light strength training. They are commonly used by athletes to strengthen and stretch. We frequently start using the bands, which come in different resistances, under the direction of a physician or personal trainer. In many cases we give patients the band so they can perform their exercises at home. In this way we can reduce the number of office visits needed and prevent future recurrences of pain.
These bands can be used to increase motor function and strength in a long-term exercise plan.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
TENS units (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) are portable devices that use electric current applied to the skin. The kind of pulses produced by portable stimulators is used primarily to treat chronic pain. The unit can be worn on your belt and is usually connected to the skin using two or more electrodes. A typical battery-operated TENS unit is able to modulate pulse width, frequency and intensity. These settings help to reduce pain superficially without causing muscle contraction. It is thought that they reduce pain via the gate control theory. Both offices carry a quality digital version of these units.