3 Easy Back Stretches For Those With Back Injuries

If you have ever incurred a back injury, then the effects can certainly be almost unbearable. The road back to full health might seem difficult to overcome, but that does not mean it’s impossible. One of the first things you should start doing are stretches that help loosen up the muscles. Of course, these stretches won’t be intensive right off the bat, and you may not be able to do many of them, but it’s important to work yourself and your body back to full strength. If you work at a job that requires the frequent use of your back muscles, then stretches might be your best bet.

You should start your back-stretching regimen only a few days after you incurred your injury. Although it might be difficult, it’s important to get yourself back into working condition as soon as possible. Of course, you should also consult a doctor before performing any exercises. Your doctor will understand the severity of your back issue, and, if it’s particularly bad, the best medicine might just be rest and relaxation while the back heals. If that’s not the case and you can still move around, then stretching your back muscles is important.

One easy stretch is referred to as the “one-leg hamstring stretch.” With this stretch, you have to start off lying flat on your back with your knees bent. Then, lift one leg off the ground and try to point it straight up. Obviously, you will have a little bit of a bend in the knee. Use both hands to clasp around the thigh and then bring the thigh as close to you as you can manage. Keep your leg in that position for 10 seconds and then slowly and carefully let your leg go back into position with the knee up. Do the same thing for your other leg.

Another stretch you can employ is the “knee to chest stretch.” Again, the starting position is with you flat on your back and your knees bent. The stretch in this case is a little easier. Your goal is merely to bring one knee toward your chest by clasping your hands around the knee. Pull toward you as much as you can for about 10 seconds and then repeat the process with the other knee up to three times. This will help stretch out your hamstring muscle and reduce pain in your lower back.

Finally, one last stretch that you can try is just a “slight twist.” Of course, this is not a dance move, and it’s a stretch that should be tried with a bit of caution. You start off with you back flat against the ground and your knees up (again). While keeping your back and upper body straight on the ground, let your knees gently fall to one side. Stay in this position for between 10 and 30 seconds for best results. Do this stretch three times for both directions. Do not try this exercise if you have disc problems as it can make things worse.

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Thomas Gracie is a former physical therapist turned adjunct professor. He is currently charged with teaching students physical therapy techniques in order to obtain their certifications as such.

 

A Professional’s Guide to Treating Supraspinatus Impingement with the Thumper VMTX

Dr. Brad Muir demonstrates how a professional can use the Thumper VMTX to treat supraspinatus impingement.

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Congratulations to Matthew Lowe From Parker University on Your Scholarship!

lowe pictureThumper Massager would like to congratulate Matthew Lowe who has been awarded with the Thumper Massager Scholarship! The success of young and upcoming chiropractors is very important to us and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors Matthew!

Matthew’s comments: “This Scholarship will help reduce the financial burden of chiropractic school and allow me to pursue other chiropractic certifications to supplement my doctor of chiropractic degree. This will ultimately allow me to serve my patients the best I can and help them lead a healthy lifestyle.”

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Treating Your IT Band With the Thumper VMTX- How To

Dr. Mohsen Kazemi, DC shows you how to treat pain in your IT band with Thumper’s VMTX massager.

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Treating Tennis Elbow With the Thumper VMTX

Have you had any issues with your tennis elbow? Dr. Mohsen Kazemi RN, DC, MSc., FRCCSS(C), FCCPOR(C), DACRB, shows you how to treat tennis elbow with Thumper’s VMTX massager. He discusses in detail exactly how you can apply the Thumper VMTX and how the VMTX can interact with the bio-mechanics of the human body and to promote its natural ability to heal. Watch below!

Disclaimer: Please remember that vibrational therapy is not appropriate for notable pregnancy, cardiovascular disease, pacemaker, hip or knee replacements, diabetes, epilepsy, tumors, migraine, acute hernia, recently replaced pins or plates, recent infections, or recent surgeries.  Consult your doctor, consultant or healthcare practitioner before treatment.

▶ Treating Tennis Elbow With the Thumper VMTX – YouTube

Congratulations to Austin Wendell From Parker University on Your Scholarship!

parker pic 3Thumper Massager would like to congratulate Austin Wendell who has been awarded with the Thumper Massager Scholarship! The success of young and upcoming chiropractors is very important to us and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors Austin!

Austin’s comments: “I am extremely thankful and blessed to be awarded with this scholarship. Thank you so much and I can’t wait to change the world one spine at a time.”

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The NEW Thumper VMTX Single Sphere Massager!

VMTX lady 2The VMTX is the most recent addition to the Thumper® line of massagers. Conceptualized in partnership with a leading chiropractor professor from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, the VMTX is ideal for treating entire kinetic chains of muscles.

The VMTX is easy to use; simply grip it like you would a computer mouse, strap the flexible band across the back of your hand and you’re ready to unleash the power of its vibrational therapy. With a bit of practice, the use of the device and its effectiveness will become intuitive, as if the massager becomes an extension of your hand.

To maximize the effect of your massage and to minimize feedback onto your hand and wrist, glide or “heel” the VMTX along the muscles you are massaging. Do so with the palm of your hand. Allow the percussive action of the massage head do its work. Use your fingers to just glide the device in the direction you want it to move. When you are ready to apply more pressure on a specific pressure point or muscle knot, transfer or “rock” the weight on your hand forward from your palm onto your fingers. This transfer of pressure will increase the massage strength on that particular point of the muscle.

Features

  • Weighing only 2 lbs. and fitting right into your hand, the VMTX helps you reach even the smallest of muscles in the tightest of places, delivering a focused single point massage.
  • Variable speed control from 20-40 hertz that match your muscles’ natural healing frequency.
  • 3 interchangeable massage heads let you customize your massage experience, and achieve the best outcomes.
  • Easy to clean; just wipe with damp cloth.
  • Hand manufactured in Canada, ensuring the highest quality product.

Specifications

  • Size: 3.5″W x 7.5″L x 3.5″H (9cm x 19cm x 9cm)
  • Weight: 2 lbs. (0.9 kg)
  • FDA Class 1 approved
  • Electrically approved UL, CSA, CE
  • 2-year warranty

 

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Alleviating Parkinson’s Disease with a Thumper Massager

Thumper Maxi ProAndrew Fortune a retired University professor has written a fantastic article about his story on using a Thumper for different reasons. Read his article below!

The sportsman gets stiff leg muscles after a game. The businessman gets a stiff neck from the computer. A session with the Thumper massage machine brings relief; the muscles relax; blood circulation returns to normal and they feel fine. They go on with their lives, able to enjoy them to the full.

The Parkinson’s patient doesn’t just have a stiff muscle or group of muscles. Practically every muscle in their body, from head to toe, literally, is stiff and unyielding. They accept it. It’s one of the symptoms of this killer disease. Their walk becomes a shuffle as the muscles tighten and shorten in their legs and calves and they accept the progression as par for the course. Their back stiffens and movement becomes more difficult and painful. On the outside, they bear it bravely, accepting it as a normal step in their physical decline from a healthy individual to one facing a certain end. On the inside, only they can know the depth of the pain of the body’s slow down. Not just the physical pain, but the spiritual pain and suffering. Loved ones feel powerless and helpless as they see the disease taking its inevitable course. Everyone tries to make the best of the time left.

A depressing scenario, isn’t it? But it is one that is being acted out all over the world in many homes today. Does it have to be this way? The answer is yes – unless. It is that ‘unless’ that reveals a chink in this Goliath’s armour.

It is possible to categorise Parkinson’s sufferers into two categories: those who fight to maintain as normal a lifestyle as possible and those who give in to it and stop fighting. One can only admire the bravery of these people facing a slow, certain death.

While pharmaceutical companies are investing millions to produce expensive drugs that bring short-term relief, their toxicity is recognised as being very serious. It is accepted as a necessary side-effect to improving the quality of life of the patients in the short-term. The long-term prognosis remains unchanged and the patient just has a different battle to fight. Anti-oxidants can mitigate the negative effects of the drug to some extent but the stiffness and pain remain.

To counter the muscle problems, some turn to exercise – and it does have a positive effect. It slows the progression of the disease and can ease the pain somewhat. Horse riding has a very positive effect and hippotherapy can make a very significant difference in not only the stiffness and pain but on the drug dosage level needed by the patient, and thus the amount of toxins that flood the body.

The problem with both these courses of action is that not everybody can run to a gym or jump on a horse when they start getting stiff. Thus, effective though these routes may be, they can be somewhat impractical for most sufferers.

Here is where I get personal. My wife was diagnosed with Parkinson’s some 8 years ago, though, looking back on it, we could see the symptoms were there for many years prior to the diagnosis.

As a child and young person, she had grown up on a farm where DDT was routinely sprayed on the fields. She and her sisters regularly ate the poisoned food without any knowledge of its dangers. One sister has cancer, another MS, a third suffered a devastating aneurism. Their father died of cancer and their mother had Alzheimer’s. A rather high coincidence of disease. My wife also had a thyroid problem that should have required a removal of the gland but which she fought and beat with a herbal remedy, Thyroid Throu.

When we told the medical staff that we were going to fight this disease, we were met with a knowing sympathy. They had seen it all before – but the outcome was predictable.

We tried the methods I mentioned above: exercise and horse therapy. My wife was a champion rider in her youth and we went back to this sport and found it really helped. When she rode, she was without any symptoms. It is thought that the horses give off dopamine that the body can absorb. The movement of the horse gently – or, not so gently, massaged the body, easing the stiffness. The resulting improvement lasted several hours before the stiffness returned.

We had bought a cheap massage machine some years earlier and it was pressed into service. However, it was not up to the job and failed after a few weeks. Taking it apart, I saw its construction was so weak, it was a wonder it lasted as long as it did.

We checked the shops and tried a range of massage machines, only to reject them for their ineffectiveness, their poor construction or limitations. We scoured the Internet and saw a number of different alternatives but all fell into the same category as those we rejected, with the exception of the Thumper. (This is not an advert for the Thumper massager. Rather it is a testimonial to both its effectiveness and the professionalism of the company producing it.)

The first model was damaged in shipping. The company acted immediately, sending out replacement parts. Opening it up, I was impressed by its engineering in contrast to the others I had tried. It still didn’t seem to work quite right so, within a few days, we were in the receipt of a perfectly-working replacement free of charge. Customer service was of the same quality as their product.

My wife’s back had been very stiff and painful for years. Most nights were short and sleep broken numerous times as a result. We began using the Thumper. (We chose the MiniPro 2 in counsel with the company). Each time, it resulted in good feelings while it was being used – but the stiffness remained.

Within 4 weeks of regular nightly use, we were noticing a difference. Pain-free times were extending and we were getting more sleep. After 6 weeks, her back loosened up and we found we could get a full night’s sleep most nights. (A strange way to judge the effectiveness of the treatment, perhaps – but very noticeable for us!)

We were not out of the woods yet. With a recommended 20-minute limit on its use before taking a 20-minute break, we were using most of the time on her back alone. However, as her back eased up, we were able to move to other parts of the body. The typical Parkinson’s walk is gone, as the muscles of the legs and calves have softened and stretched under the Thumper’s pounding massage.

Of particular note was the effect when we used it on her feet. A feeling of wellness spread over the body, as each part of the foot was massaged. As we used the massager on arms, legs, back and buttocks, a feeling of cleansing developed. At first, it was not particularly pleasant, as she felt a bit sick. However, having experienced the same symptoms when cleansing her Thyroid gland, she was able to recognise them and work through them.

Now, in addition to a healthy diet, exercise and horse riding, we had another string to our bow in the fight against this disease, as the massager also helped cleanse the body of toxins.

Is my wife now well and free from Parkinson’s? No. Does she still experience muscle pain and stiffness? Yes. This is an ongoing battle. However, unlike those who just stiffen up and suffer, we are able to fight it at the moment of onset with the massager. This seems to be very important, as it prevents the stiffness spreading as the surrounding muscles try to compensate.

The stiffness seems to attack in the upper back, close to the spine first of all. Other muscles will individually stiffen up but, by using the massager, which is available at any time, this stiffness can be dealt with and her condition ameliorated.

It is like fighting a running battle with an unseen enemy who uses hit and run tactics – or rather hit and claim the territory. He only runs when we turn our artillery on him in a solid thumping session which pounds him out.

You might think this is a painful process and you would be right, at times. If we don’t use the massager early enough or she has had a particularly strenuous day and is very tired, it can be painful. The pain is generally short-lived as the massager softens the muscles. After that, it feels good and the relief from pain is very rewarding.

The Thumper is not a cure to Parkinson’s, as it is a cure for the sportsman’s or businessman’s stiff muscles. Rather, it is a powerful weapon in the armoury to fight the effects of this disease. I mentioned a strenuous day. She can have a strenuous day. Many sufferers can’t even think of more than a gentle one. Her quality of life has been improved considerably. We are under no illusions that the battle has been won by using a massager – but, in this case, the massager has proved more than equal to the task for which it was designed: softening muscle, relieving muscle pain and cleansing cell and tissue.

Disclaimer: Please remember to consult your doctor, consultant or health care practitioner for more information.

 

Andrew Fortune

I would be happy to answer any questions about our use of the massager via email: head@itcollege.org.uk

 

Andrew Fortune is a retired university professor and aid worker who now runs a charity in Iceland, whilst researching alternatives to drugs for people with neural diseases. He is also a writer, editor and proofreader.

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5 Foods that Self-Heal

foodsRead below Dr. Fabrizio Mancini’s 5 foods that self heal! He has outlined all the foods you need that will allow you to move into self-healing!

“By making decisions to alter our diet or make more healthful choices, we have greater potential for self- healing.”  Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

Something amazing happens when you begin to eat healing foods and give your body a break from junk foods, bad fats, refined flour, and sugar. Your body may shed up to ten pounds of excess water weight, and your energy soars. You get your digestion working properly again, stop feeling so bloated and congested, and maximize your self-healing potential.

The scientific research is loaded with proof of how proper nutrition can heal. There are thousands of studies, for example, showing that a diet heavy in fruits and vegetables protects against heart disease and cancer. Maybe we really don’t need to throw so many pills and drugs at a disease, just more fruits and vegetables!

All whole foods are self-healing, but I’ve zeroed in on 5 foods that have special powers. I’ve compiled this list after consulting nutrition experts and reading hundreds of studies. I call these foods the strengtheners. All of them fight disease, promote a strong immune system, and provide nutrients you need to feel great. Try to include as many as possible in your diet. Simply put, when you eat well, you feel well.

Add these to your daily diet:

1)     Apples– They are high in fiber for a healthy digestive system.  They also reduce the risk of stroke and chances of dying of a heart attack.

2)     Artichokes– They protect the liver against toxic build-up. They also reduce levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, because they are rich in antioxidant.

3)     Avocados- They are loaded with the powerful antioxidants which helps the body get rid of cancer-causing substances 
 They also help reduce total cholesterol.

4)     Beets– They are loaded with folic acid, an important B vitamin that protects against heart disease and cancer. It also appears to help prevent the formation of LDL cholesterol.

5)      Blueberries– They help your brain produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in memory, coordination, and feelings of well- being. They also may prevent the growth of breast cancer cells.

 

Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

Health and Wellness Expert, World renown Chiropractor, Bestselling author, International Speaker and President Emeritus of Parker University.

WEB: http://drfabmancini.com

 

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