Why Our Weight Machines Can Help Our Clients Succeed

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At Hill Pro-Motion, we consciously selected our weight equipment to ensure that our clients have the best experience possible. Our equipment uses compressed air. What does that mean? Compressed-air equipment uses pressurized hydraulic cylinders to provide resistance. This is vastly different from traditional weight-lifting equipment. We were reminded of how important this difference is for our clients when we recently had a client, after completing his physical therapy with us, mention that he was disappointed in the equipment at his local gym. He said that he hadn’t realized how much easier the compressed air machines at Hill Pro-Motion were for him to use.

So why is our equipment better for people who have experienced injury or have had surgery? We found a September 2017 article from livestrong.com that explains why compressed air machines are better for people who have experienced a trauma to the muscles or joints. “Most free weight and traditional resistance machines involve beginning an exercise from a dead stop. Getting a weight moving from a dead stop is called overcoming the moment of inertia in physics and requires acceleration. In exercise, overcoming the moment of inertia places a rapid and dramatic load on your muscles. At this point your muscles, joints and tendons are at most risk of injury. Because you aren’t actually lifting a weight when you use compressed air gym equipment, there is no corresponding moment of inertia to overcome and therefore less potential for injury. This means that hydraulic exercise equipment is particularly suitable if you have a history of muscle or joint problems — especially compared with more traditional forms of resistance training.”

We have always sought to provide the best options for our clients at our facility. We offer aquatic therapy, class IV laser therapy, and the most current techniques and exercises. But, in addition to all of that, our equipment is a huge part of our client’s success — even though it isn’t something that we always talk about. It offers the right resistance for people dealing with an injury or recovering from surgery. It is another reason why Hill Pro-Motion is the best option. Come check us out!

Source: livestrong.com, September 11, 2017, Weight Machines That Use Compressed Air to Create Resistance by Patrick Dale.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy at Hill Pro-Motion

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Hill Pro Motion is the only physical therapy facility in Lee’s Summit that offers aquatic therapy to our clients. This form of therapy has huge benefits because the water causes natural changes within the body that allow for an optimal therapeutic experience.

Warm water helps to dilate blood vessels, which improves circulation to the muscles. At Hill, we always keep the pool at a cozy 90 degrees, which ensures that the water can provide these warming benefits to our clients. Water also has a natural tendency to dull our sense of touch. According to Andrew Stark from guidedoc.com, the nervous system has a network of nerve endings in the skin and muscles and when under a constant stimulus, such as pressure from water, the nervous system will automatically dull the part of the brain that is responsible for sending sensory messages to the body. Stark said, “This can also help to dull muscle pain, making it easier for you to stretch your muscles to their full range of motion to speed up treatment.”

Another huge benefit of aquatic therapy is the resistance that water offers compared to air. This resistance forces you to move at a slower pace. According to Stark, “This allows the brain to process the signals from your muscles more thoroughly because it has more time, an ideal benefit for rebuilding muscle memory.”

Amanda demonstrating physical therapy exercises in the therapy pool.

As we mention, there are many benefits to aquatic therapy and our clients can utilize our therapy pool as part of their rehabilitation to help them achieve optimal results. If you currently utilize Hill for rehabilitation and are not yet utilizing the pool, ask your therapist for more information. It will help your muscles relax and your joints to move with greater ease. In addition, a therapist will work with you one-on-one in the pool to provide instruction and for your safety. Plus, it’s fun!

If you have not yet started working with a physical rehabilitation facility, consider Hill Pro-Motion. Our pool is a unique experience that you will not find anywhere else in this area and our staff is excited to partner with you on your journey to recovery.

Kinesiology Tape

Kinesiology Taping

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There are numerous applications and uses for kinesiology taping in physical therapy. Whether it be to manage swelling1 , decrease pain2 , facilitate control/coordination3, or promote proper posture or alignment4, there is much evidence to support the use of taping in addition to other treatment techniques.

Depending on the purpose, the tape is measured, cut accordingly, and applied directly to the skin with an appropriate amount of tension. Kinesiology taping is flexible, and while some applications are primarily for support, the elasticity of kinesiology tape generally allows for freedom of movement while performing desired activities and exercises. Usually, the tape will last several days, working even between physical therapy visits.

Interested in learning more about how we can help you recover from a surgery or injury? Contact us at 816-607-7180 for more information and to schedule an appointment.

 

References:

  1. – Białoszewski D, Woźniak W, Zarek S. Clinical efficacy of kinesiology taping in reducing edema of the lower limbs in patients treated with the ilizarov method–preliminary report. Ortop Traumatol Rehabil. 2009 Jan-Feb; 11(1):46-54.
  2. – Montalvo AM, Cara EL, Myer GD. Effect of kinesiology taping on pain in individuals with musculoskeletal injuries: systematic review and meta-analysis. Phys Sportsmed. 2014;42(2): 48-57.
  3. – Shin YJ, Kim MK. Immediate effect of ankle balance taping on dynamic and static balance of soccer players with acute ankle sprain. J Phys Ther Sci. 2017; 29(4): 622–624.
  4. – Han JT, Lee JH, Yoon CH. The mechanical effect of kinesiology tape on rounded shoulders posture in seated male workers: a single-blinded randomized controlled pilot study. Physiother Theory Pract. 2015; 31(2):120-125.