As healthcare professionals and trusted wellness advisors, we’re always looking for innovative solutions to improve outcomes with patients to help them reach their goals whether it be:
- Reducing pain,
- Improving function,
- Addressing a chronic condition or disease,
- Rehabbing from an injury or surgery,
- Prepping for a performance or competition, or
- Simply improving quality of life.
The products and concepts below are several of 2019’s leading chiropractic trends that could aid in your daily quest to help YOU help your patients and your community.
- Vibration Therapy Combined with SMR
Vibration therapy is a growing trend this year. It has been researched and shown to enhance flexibility (Houston, Hodson, Adams & Hoch, 2015), improve balance, (Tseng et al., 2016,) and reduce post-exercise delayed-onset muscle soreness (Bakhtiary, Safavi- Farokhi & Aminian-Far, 2007; Imtiyaz, Veqar, & Shareef, 2014).
When applied in conjunction with SMR (Self Myofascial Release),vibration represents an effective intervention for enhancing neuromuscular control and improving rehab outcomes. Vibration has also shown effectiveness in flexibility and explosive power, and it can apply to either a local area or whole body vibration.
Check out Hyperice founder Anthony Katz’s article “Vibration Therapy & Enhanced Recovery – Studies for Your Consideration” for more insights.
Without a doubt, the leading vibration therapy tool for 2019 is the Hypervolt.The Hypervolt is a lightweight, cordless, state-of-the-art vibration massage device for self-myofascial release. This device:
- Helps relieve muscle soreness and stiffness
- Improves range of motion
- Promotes circulation
- Accelerates warm-up for patient treatment
- Enhances recovery
Use as a pre-adjustment warm-up . . . or as a myofascial release treatment. Read Dr. Mike Flores’ article for more information.
- Easily & Objectively Measuring Inflammation Levels
Another important issue deals with our ability to easily test inflammation levels…and then provide a solution to address unhealthy inflammation in our patients.
The prestigious Journal Spinepublished a study based on the findings of the 1982 Nobel Prize Research entitled “The Role of Inflammation in Lumbar Pain.” The paper concluded that all musculoskeletal pain has a Chronic Inflammatory Chemistry component that must be treated along with any other mechanical factor. In other words, all patients who show up with neck and back pain also have some level of chronic inflammation.
Check out this article to look at the importance of Omega-3 levels and their correlation to inflammation.
Comprehensive Omega-3 Index Measurement
Offer your patients accurate methods for measuring their Omega-3 levels with Greens First’s EndFlame. The EndFlame test provides measurements of both the Omega-3 Index and the Omega-6:Omega-3 ratio through an:
- finger-stick blood test.
For more information about the EndFlame, check out these articles:
- Retailing Health Conscious Alternatives
Chiros are known for offering their patients health conscious alternatives to products they already use and love. In keeping with this 2019 trend, learn how your patients can be drinking healthier organic coffee.
Below are the benefits of high-quality, health-conscious organic coffee:
- Coffee beans can carry higher levels of antioxidants than kale, dark chocolate, blueberries, and acai berries . . . if the nutrients aren’t destroyed during the roasting process.
- Unhealthy molds and cancer-causing mycotoxins, pesticides, and other chemicalscan be greatly reduced or avoided all together if you choose a certified organic coffee like Purity, with a unique roasting process created to support the health benefits of coffee.
- Organic coffee has been shown to potentially reduce the risk of cancer (especially liver), diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and other health conditions.
- And you don’t have to sacrifice taste when you drink Purity . . .
- Smart Low Level Laser Therapy
The Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) trend is definitely on the rise. LLLT involves exposing cells or tissue to low levels of red and near infrared (“NIR”) light. It is referred to as “low level” because of its use of light at lower energy levels as compared to other forms of laser therapy (e.g., those that are used for ablation, cutting, and thermally coagulating tissue).
With LLLT, the energy levels used are lower than those needed to produce significant heating of tissue. Essentially, light is packets of electromagnetic energy, which also have a wave-like property. Wavelength is measured in nanometers, is visible in the 400 nm–700 nm range, and also determines how the light will be absorbed. Typically, LLLT devices use wavelengths in the 600 nm–1000 nm range. All LLLT devices work in a similar manner, namely by inducing photo-biomodulation.
LLLT’s benefits were first discovered inadvertently in 1967 by researcher Endre Mester of Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. LLLT has been used for years to reduce neurogenic pain, reduce inflammation, treat hair loss, promote wound healing, and treat acne among other therapeutic treatments.
LLLT has been the subject of numerous studiesdemonstrating its many health and cosmetic benefits. LLLT came into being in its modern form soon after the invention of the ruby laser in 1960 and the helium-neon laser in 1961. In a study conducted to determine whether laser radiation causes cancer in mice, Mester divided the mice into two groups, shaved the hair from the mice’s backs, and administered low-powered ruby laser treatment to one of the groups. The mice treated with lasers did not develop cancer, but their hair grew back more quickly than mice in the untreated group. He then demonstrated the laser’s ability to stimulate wound healingin mice and then to stimulate healing in non-healing skin ulcers.
Since then, LLLT has developed into a therapeutic procedure that is used to reduce inflammation, edema, and pain in chronic joint disordersand to promote healing of wounds, deeper tissues, and nerves. LLLT is also used to treat painful neurological disorders such as neuropathy and shingles.
A patient-based outcome review of LLLT pain management device
The leading LLLT device of 2019 is the Willow Curve (WC). The WC offers a patient-friendly treatment with an ease of use that improves patient compliance. The LED array is both visible (red lights) and sensory (heat), which helps counteract the possibility of “nocebo” effects often seen in the more silent therapies that have no visual or auditory cues. The treatment generally takes under 30 minutes, and patients are put in a comfortable position for the duration. The WC performs very well with joint conditions (arthralgia) given its structural configuration, which provides a snug contoured fit around most joints and the cervical spine as well. The WC was trialed on a variety of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions including the various arthritides (OA/RA/psoriatic/gout), joint injury (sprains/strains), post-surgical pain, and “age-related” (idiopathic) pain and stiffness.
Clinicians claim their experience with the WC device was quite rewarding in that they were not expecting such strong treatment effects. They continue to use the WC as part of their daily clinical treatments for chronic pain patients. For more information, check out this article:
New CPT Code for the Willow Curve Smart LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy) Device
Plus! Don’t miss out on new CPT code for the Willow Curve Smart LLLT device:
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