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Kinesio Tex Precut Tape

July 7th, 2011

ScripHessco – Chiropractic equipment provider

ScripHessco now carriesKinesio Tex Tape Precut Strips

Available in:

  • Kinesio Pre-Cut Back – designed to support over stretched back muscles, lower back pain, lumbago and sciatica.
  • Kinesio Pre-Cut Neck – designed for neck pain caused by muscle strain or ligament sprain.
  • Kinesio Pre-Cut Shoulder – designed to provide support for shoulder muscles, treat rotator cuff injuries and relieve shoulder pain.
  • Kinesio Pre-Cut Knee – designed for runner’s knee, provide knee and patella support, and alleviate associated pain and swelling.
  • Kinesio Pre-Cut Wrist – designed to provide support for carpal tunnel syndrome, provide wrist support and alleviate associated pain.
  • Kinesio Pre-Cut Foot – designed for plantar fasciitis, support of the arch of the foot and alleviate associated pain.

What is Kinesio® Tex Gold™ ?

By now, many people have been able to observe the highly visible athletic uses and the familiar colors and taping patterns used by successful Olympic and professional athletes. But Kinesio® Tex Gold™ is more than an athletic tape. It is a unique therapeutic tool that has provided new options in rehabilitation and sports medicine throughout the world.

This amazing elastic therapeutic tape has been designed and engineered by Dr. Kenzo Kase for more than 30 years in Japan. Since then, Kinesio® Tex Gold™ has become the standard for therapeutic and rehabilitative taping.

Kinesio® Tex Gold™ sets the standard for elastic therapeutic taping.

  • It creates a lifting effect on the skin’s surface, which improves circulation and relieves pain.
  • It may be applied using different amounts and directions of tension, so the tape has the ability to relax or stimulate muscles.
  • It is made of gentle cotton fiber.
  • It features a 100% medical-grade acrylic adhesive.
  • It is totally latex free.
  • It does not limit the wearer’s range of motion.
  • The distinctive wave-pattern weave moves with the wearer’s movements.
  • It allows for 3 to 5 day wear time to provide 24-hour results to the patient and to provide for an economical treatment.

The Kinesio Taping® method utilizes Kinesio® Tex Gold™ to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It is used to successfully treat a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions. Both Kinesio® Tex Gold™ and the training protocol have shown results that would have been unheard of using older methods and materials.

Biofreeze On The Go Singles

May 27th, 2011

Biofreeze Singles on the go

The power of Biofreeze while on the go

Performance Health has expanded its Biofreeze® product line with the introduction of Biofreeze Pain Relieving Singles, the perfect complement to at-home and in-clinic Biofreeze applications. This innovative packaging provides the power of Biofreeze in an ultra portable, no mess application providing pain relief—anytime, anywhere. Simply snap open the small pouch, apply Biofreeze to the painful area and continue with daily activities. The new Biofreeze Pain Relieving Singles will be available July 1, 2011.

Three top benefits including:

  • Nothing on the hands.
  • Easy to dispose.
  • Fits anywhere.

“We are very excited to launch this truly innovative addition to our highly respected and effective Biofreeze product family,” stated Jeff Mathers, product manager for Performance Health. “Pain can strike at inconvenient times and inconvenient places, and it’s not always feasible for patients to carry our larger patient-sized Biofreeze products. We encourage hands-on health care practitioners to recommend Biofreeze Singles as a complement the patient-sized products so that patients are protected no matter where they go. This stamp-sized packet fits in a wallet or purse and provides immediate access to Biofreeze pain relief. Even when patients are on-the-go, they don’t have to wait to treat pain.”

Biofreeze Pain Reliever is the number one clinically-used and recommended topical analgesic. It delivers targeted pain relief with the benefits of cryotherapy (cold therapy). Doctors, therapists and patients are shifting toward topical analgesics and away from systemic pain relievers, which can affect the gastrointestinal tract, heart, kidneys and other organs, as well as cognition. Conversely, topical analgesics deliver targeted pain relief with low levels of systemic absorption, which may result in less risk for systemic toxicity and/or drug interaction.

Choosing an Chiropractic Adjusting Table

March 8th, 2011

Choosing an Adjusting Table

By Steve Keller

Choosing the right chiropractic equipment for your office can be very confusing.  What brands do I consider?  What features do I need?  Do certain options make sense?  Should I buy new or used?  The list can be endless.

An adjusting chiropractic table is the most important piece of equipment you will have in your office. It will be the main platform for the treatment of your patients. There are plenty of very good manufacturers of adjusting chiropractic tables on the market. Most make tables that fit a variety of techniques. Lloyd Table Company, Pivotal Health Solutions, Williams Healthcare, Hill Labs and Elite tables are a few of the major brands that currently make adjusting tables in a variety of models.  So how do you choose what you need?

Step 1. Make a list of the features you want on the Chiropractic table.

A lot of this will be determined by the techniques you currently practice and would like to learn in the future. Some features to consider are: 

  • Hylo – this feature takes a patient from a standing position to a flat position.
  • Elevation, which will electrically vary the height of the table in order to perform different techniques on the same table or enable to doctors of different heights to effectively use one table.
  • Drops (manual or automatic) – a section of the table that can be cocked and dropped when a thrust is applied to aid or enhance the adjustment.
  • Flexion/distraction (manual or automatic) for treatment of the low back. This feature allows the pelvic section of the table to flex downward and extend outward to aid or enhance the adjustment and to help stretch out the low back
  • Chest breakaway—the chest piece breaks away in order to help facilitate the treatment of pregnant or obese patients.  

One feature that I always suggest is the elevation feature. First, the cost of this feature is currently diminished because you can take advantage of the Section 44 handicapped access tax credit. This allows for a 50 percent tax credit to be taken off the purchase price of the table that includes this option. In many cases, this makes the final cost of the table less than the same table in a stationary format would cost.  Second, the elevation feature also allows for much flexibility. It allows for one table to be used by a variety of doctors. For example, a 5’ 10” doctor can treat a patient followed by a 6’ 4” doctor treating another patient by simply raising the height of the table to adjust to differing height of the doctor. In addition, you can perform a drop technique at the proper height, normally a lower height, and then increase the height to a higher height to perform a low-force technique or soft-tissue work. Elevation may be added or purchased on a variety of adjusting table models. It can be included on a drop table, a low-force technique table, a flexion/distraction table and so on.

Step 2. Consider different tables depending on your budget, experience, recommendations.

 A lot of this may be determined by your experience and suggestions from others—what tables you are used to using in clinic, the tables your teachers suggest, or the tables your associates like.

A major factor will also be budget. Adjusting tables will vary greatly in price—from a flat stationary table for under $500 to a Lloyd Ultimate table with virtually every possible feature available for more than $20,000.

Work on as many different tables as possible to find the features that best fit you. For example, drops will vary in speed and mechanics; some people will only want manual flexion and others will want the automatic feature.

The main thing to remember is that just because it works best for one doctor does not mean it will work best for you. Try not to purchase a table without working on it. Just because it has a look that you like does not mean it will operate in a manner that suits you. In addition, utilize the knowledge of the people you trust who have purchased and used the tables.  

Step 3. Consider new versus used Chiropractic tables. 

To buy a new or used Chiropractic table is probably the most asked question when shopping for a table. Again, this comes down to budget.  If you are running a successful practice, have the funds or could use the tax write-offs, then new table is definitely the preference. If you are starting up a new practice, used is an option.

The problem when purchasing used table is you don’t ever really know how much time is left for practical use of the table. Tables have many different mechanical features, such as electric motors, hydraulics, mechanical mechanisms like drops. All of these things break and wear out, and they can be very expensive to fix, so many times the old adage “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is” often applies.

The best alternative when purchasing a used table is to purchase a refurbished table from a reputable dealer. A reputable dealer will purchase the used tables, strip them down and then rebuild them to your specifications; replace and update mechanics, electrical and hydraulics; and then paint, re-foam and recover in your desired materials. You will also receive some warranty on these tables. You can usually save 40 to 60 percent on a refurbished table over the purchase of a similar new table.

Choosing a Chiropractic Table Checklist

When choosing a table, follow a few easy guidelines:

  • Make a list of techniques you want to use and features you want on your table.
  • Work on as many different tables as possible and talk to doctors that practice similar techniques to get their opinions on likes and dislikes of tables and what features they deem important.
  • Do not purchase a type of table that you have never worked on or the table that has not been recommended by an associate you trust.
  • When buying a used table, be careful. Remember the old adage: “If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is.”
  • A refurbished table is a good alternative and can save you 40 to 60 percent over a similar new table.
  • Buy from a reputable dealer.

  

Chirotrac Cervical Traction Collar by Chiroflow®

February 23rd, 2011

Chirotrac Cervical Traction Collar  

by Chiroflow® 

The ChiroTrac Cervical Traction collar provides gentle, adjustable traction and instant pain relief for certain types of acute or chronic neck pain. Reduce your use of medication and treat the pain with safe, effective therapy. 

Chirotrac Inflatable Neck Traction Collar by Chiroflow

Chirotrac Cervical Traction Collar

• Portable and lightweight traction collar inflates to gently stretch and straighten spine for proper alignment.  

• Engineered for comfortable, effective daily treatment.  

• For professional and home use.  

• Does not require assembly or batteries.  

• Soft touch cover is durable and comfortable.  

• Max inflate is 7.5 inches.  

• Includes storage case  

• Provides gentle, adjustable traction to stretch and relax muscles  

• May provide relief for certain types of acute or chronic neck pain  

• Portable for use in home, office or travel  

• Ideal for pinched nerves, neck pain, tension headaches and straightening of the neck  

• Augments professional treatment  

• Deluxe storage case  

• Full 1-year manufacturer’s warranty covers defects  

ChiroTrac Collars a Great New Product by One of the Most Trusted Names in Chiropractic Chiroflow®

CorFit Advantage Support

February 18th, 2011

Achieve superior truncal compression with less effort!

The New CorFit Advantage utilizes the PowerWrap lacing system to provide superior compression with less effort. The lacing system creates a mechanical advantage, reducing the amount of force required to properly tension the support. Two independent pulls provide focused compression on the lumbar region, sacral region, or both. The CorFit Advantage allows increased spinal flexion when the top portion of the support is tensioned more than the bottom portion as well as increased spinal extension when these tensions are reversed.

“The lacing system on the CorFit Advantage allows very weak or injured patients to easily tighten or adjust this support without overextension.” – Philip Mattison, CEO, Core Products International, Inc.

Fitting your patient with a Corfit Advantage support

Before placing the support on your patient’s waist, you first want to loosen the support by reattaching the side pulls to the edges of the hook and loop closure on the body of the belt. Then, to ensure the support is placed properly, align the back panel’s bottom edge with the distal sacrum. Once the support is in place, tighten it using the PowerWrap lacing system pulls. The top pull will increase compression to the lumbar region and the bottom pull will increase compression to the sacral region. For a better fit, re-tension the support while the patient is lying on the back with their feet on the floor. This adjustment allows the trunk to decompress without downward pressure from internal organs.

Sizing

All CorFit supports are designed to be proportional in height and width. Taller supports are designed to fit larger patients and shorter supports are designed for petites and children. The proportional sizing helps reduce inventory in clinics while maintaining the versatility needed to fit most patients.

Size Support Height Fits Hips
Small 6” 27” – 35”
Regular 8” 32” – 43”
X-Large 9” 40” – 52”
XX-Large 10” 56” – 58”

Introducing the InTENSity Line of Electrotherapy Units

January 14th, 2011

Current Solutions has come out with a new line of electrotherapy products! The series of InTENSity digital devices includes the InTENSity IF Combo unit, the InTENSity Select Combo unit, and the InTENSity Twin Stim III unit. These devices combine innovation with a user friendly interface. This line of electrotherapy tools provides patients with the best chance at getting the right therapy. These modern tools all share the same beautiful design and come standard with an AC Adapter. Not only is this line of digital devices innovative and easy to use, but it is also shockingly affordable!

The InTENSity IF Combo combines TENS and Interferential, providing the best option for patients in need of a treatment that is stronger than a typical TENS unit. The IF Combo unit has four modes of TENS and four modes of Interferential, providing relief for patients with even the most pain. This device is 105mA strong and comes standard with an AC adapter.

InTENSity IF Combo TENS Interferential
Wave Form Monophasic Square Biphasic Square
Pulse Rate 1-150 Hz 4 kHz
Pulse Width 50-300µs 125µs; phase duration: 250µs
Output Voltage Constant Current Constant Current
Current 0-105mA 0-105mA
Modes 4 4
Timer 1-60 constant 1-60 constant, IF Frequency 1-150 beats
Adapter DC 9V/1.2A Adapter 9V

 

The InTENSity Select Combo unit is powerful, user friendly, elegant and portable! This unit has four waveforms, allowing you to treat multiple musculoskeletal issues. This inventive device combines TENS, EMS, Interferential and Microcurrent. The Select Combo unit is 105mA strong and comes with an AC Adapter.

InTENSity Select Combo TENS EMS Interferential Microcurrent
Wave Form Monophasic Square Biphasic/monophase square wave pulse Biphasic Square Monophasic Square
Pulse Rate 1-150 Hz 1-150 Hz 4k Hz 1-150 Hz
Pulse Width 50-300µs 50-300µs 125µs; phase duration: 250µs 2-200mS
Output Voltage Constant Current Constant Current Constant Current Constant Current
Current 0-105mA 0-105mA 0-80mA 0-700µA
Modes 4 3 4 3
Timer 1-60 Constant 1-60 Constant 1-60 Constant, IF Frequency 1-150 beats 1-60 Constant

 

The InTENSity Twin Stim III unit combines TENS and EMS therapy. This beautiful, easy to use device is an industry leading 105mA and comes standard with an AC adapter.

InTENSity Twin Stim III TENS EMS
Wave Form Monophasic Square Biphasic/monophase square wave pulse
Pulse Rate 1-150 Hz 1-150 Hz
Pulse Width 50-300µs 50-300µs
Output Voltage Constant Current Constant Current
Current 0-105mA 0-105mA
Modes 4 3
Timer 1-60 Constant 1-60 Constant

Acupuncture May Change the Way the Brain Perceives Pain

December 6th, 2010

The idea of pricking your body with needles in order to relieve pain seems nothing if not counter intuitive, but thousands of acupuncture patients swear the treatments are effective in addressing pain of all kinds.

But how does it work? How much of the relief is due to the placebo effect — the mere perception that the needles are actually dulling pain — as opposed to a real biological change in the way nerves signal the brain to pain?

A new study lends support to the notion that acupuncture may actually modulate the brain’s perception of pain. In a study that used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to track brain activity both before and during acupuncture, researchers led by Dr. Nina Theysohn at the University Hospital in Essen, Germany, and colleagues at University of Duisburg-Essen documented a specific pattern of brain activation during acupuncture that may represent an accessible pathway for addressing pain.

In the small trial, which involved 18 volunteers, each volunteer was placed in the fMRI scanner and then given a small electrical stimulus in the left ankle to generate pain. Acupuncture needles were then inserted at three places on the right side corresponding to regions known to modulate the ankle pain, and the fMRI was repeated. Comparing the brain scans before and after acupuncture, the scientists found that areas of the brain that were active during the pain stimulus were dampened during acupuncture, suggesting that the needles actually do cause a change in the way that the brain perceives and processes pain.

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Chiropractors Cracking for Patient Comfort

November 3rd, 2010

Chiropractic services at Branch Health Clinic Naval Base Coronado, Branch Health Clinic Naval Base San Diego, and Branch Medical Clinic Miramar have been helping patients with their muscle and joint pain for seven years.

The chiropractic services at the Branch Health Clinics started in 2003, and treat approximately 300 patients per week, generating about 55 to 60 appointments per day at the three health clinics in the San Diego area, with one chiropractor per clinic.

All active duty service members are eligible for chiropractic care. Patients may receive referrals from their primary care doctor for the chiropractor. The chiropractic services fall under the physical therapy department. Patients are primarily seen by the chiropractor for back and neck pain.

“Many muscle and joint imbalances are due to a prior injury resulting in stiffness in joints or muscles,” said Cmdr. Michael D. Rosenthal, Department Head of Physical and Occupational Therapy at Naval Medical Center San Diego. “Our bodies do a very good job of compensating for those things so unless someone really works hard to get back to their pre-injury condition, patients will often times develop muscle or joint imbalance with tightness, weakness and/or stiffness.

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