The Spine Force Machine
Treatments by the Spine Force machine (previously also known as Huber) can be extremely useful. There is no equivalent piece of equipment out there which achieves the same results as quickly.
Sessions are relatively short - 5 to 15 minutes. But the workout and results achieved resemble very much longer sessions by other methods.
People using it enjoy the way the machine works, the quick workouts and the immediate feedback.
With therapeutic applications muscle power can be improved and coordinated, or rebuilt after an initial injury is healed. This reduces the risk of early re-injury.
Spine Force programmes are also available for good tissue stretching.
Although some think its appearance is similar to a vibrational trainer, it has no relationship to these in the way it works and its benefits.
Developed by LPG systems and released initially in 2003, Spine Force is the only currently available technology to evaluate and strengthen the muscles about the spine. In the United States the people employing these machines the most are osteopaths, chiropractors and other similar back specialists.
But other muscle groups can be improved too. Shoulder girdle muscles, pelvic and pelvic floor muscles respond well to this machine.
Problems with balance can be speedily repaired.
Noting that people who lived in mountainous areas had a lot fewer back problems than those who live in more level regions was the genesis idea for Spine Force.
The initial development was a tilting and rotating plate which would effectively throw the subject off balance. Rather like being on a ship, you would rapidly learn balance and increase proprioceptive feedback to maintain joint position and coordination.
By adding the handles with pressure sensors it became possible to make the unit even more versatile.
Mechanisms Of Action
The idea is to initially determine your own particular level of power.
Then, using this as the base, a series of exercises is gone through to determine how balanced in power and coordination you are.
The hands can be applied at a wide range of levels which will exert effects at different levels of your spine. The pressure sensors will respond to wherever you apply force and record it.
The platform moves throughout the testing effectively throwing the lower part of your body off balance to ensure any adequate power generated is through your upper body. This gives greater stability and independence of movement. It allows for more accurately measurement of local muscle power.
The column which supports the pressure sensitive handles can move up and down throughout a session. This creates more variation in the testing pattern and further precise isolation of the muscle groups tested.
Foot position can also be varied. This allows for treatment most ideally mimicking usual daily activities or specific sports and work actions.
Adjustments to the directions of applied force can also be made, whether the same on both sides of the body or application in opposite directions at the same time.
At the end of a testing session a read-out is given detailing actual power achieved and the percentage of time this was achieved in a balanced way.
Therefore both the relative balance of power on each side of the body and how coordinated this was is recorded. The aim is to improve on these scores. This tends to be achieved quite rapidly due to the visual feedback from the screen which is available as both a schematic target and a digital power readout for left, right and central areas.
The difficulty of the programme can be adjusted over three preset stages. And there is a free menu as well that allows for unlimited programmes outside these ranges.
The speed at which results occur on Spine Force indicate there is neurological re-programming occurring. People report rapid balance and coordination improvements. Usually a few sessions are all that is required to prevent future back injury.
Such reponses are too rapid for full muscle strength to have been built up. Other factors are influencing the recovery.
Recent understanding of neurological re-patterning explains the rapid response. Once correct patterns are established further muscle power can be more efficiently increased in a balanced way.
Spine Force Huber can be used diagnostically to observe movements in the spinal areas as the platform rotates and the subject is leaning forward at varying angles with or without bent knees. Areas that do not move as freely are quickly revealed.
Power can be selectively built up for specific sports and applications. There are ways to use Spine Force (previously known as Huber) also for improving the range of stretch of various muscle groups.
The gently oscillating platform allows this to be achieved in a non-stressed fashion which quickly achieves maximal results.
The free menu allows for individualised training for a wide range of sports.
The applications for this novel technology are being rapidly increased including improving specific muscle groups and actions to improve performance in specific sports. This is an area of considerable promise.
Each sport has its own special repetitive actions of select muscle groups.
At times this can produce over-development of muscle groups at the expense of others. This can be detected readily with the Spine Force techniques and a programme implemented to overcome this.
Also, many times when assessments are made with the Huber it is possible to demonstrate low percentages for coordination, although the required muscle power functions can be high and appropriate.
By targeting these areas it is possible to maintain and even improve power while significantly increase the coordination of that muscle group action.
This will achieve significant benefits for the sports-person. Better coordination as well as powerful muscle function will give a very significant edge in competition.
For high performance athletes, the programmes are usually best decided in cooperation with the coach from the particular sport.
Springdale Clinic is aiming to be at the fore-front of developing programmes to maximise the benefit of Huber Spine Force treatments for athletic and other sports performance.
At the same time, if we encounter particular problem areas from old scars or thigh muscle groups it is possible to employ the Gallium Arsenide PR777 laser or the Endermologie Keymodule i unit. Both of these achieve dramatic and rapid results with minimal to no discomfort.
Prevention of Re-Injury
Spine Force Treatments can rebuild muscle power and proprioception after an initial injury is healed. This reduces the risk of early re-injury.
Spine Force programmes are also available for good tissue stretching.
The applications for this novel technology are being rapidly increased. It has been used in many ways already:
At the same time, if we encounter particular problem areas from old scars or muscle groups it is possible to employ the Gallium Arsenide PR777 laser or the Endermologie Keymodule i unit. Both of these achieve dramatic and rapid results with minimal to no discomfort.
- Improved back power and function
- Recovery from muscle injury to ensure even return of balanced power
- Recovery from brain injury (with applications in stroke recovery). The wide range of programmable levels allows for a wide range of initial abilities. With the immediate visual feedback on power application people rapidly improve their function.
- Improving specific muscle groups and actions to improve performance in specific sports.