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The Body Phyx

Everyone would benefit from an evaluation that addresses all systems of the body involved with movement.

  • The Nervous System
  • Balance, including The Vestibular System and Eye Tracking
  • The Musculoskeletal Systems
  • The Respiratory System and Heart Muscle

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Not all stretches are equal.            Not all stretches are effective.          Stretches can cause pain and injury.


The Nervous System is not Static

Nerve Entrapments are blocks that limit the gliding and sliding of a nerve to accommodate movement.

Causes of Nerve Entrapments:

  • Isolated Contusion
  • Repetitive Compression
  • Stretch
  • Surgical Injury

-- Kevin deWeber, MD, FAAFP, Military Sports Medicine Director, USUHS, Bethesda, MD

 

Physical Therapists at CHC Physical Therapy are Specialists in the Science of  “Mobilization of the Nervous System”

--  David S.Butler B.Phty, Grad Dip Adv Adv Manip Ther, M.A.P.A., M.M.P.A. Lecturer, School of Physiotherapy, University of South Australia

  All tissues that will be involved in a stretch have to be considered.  For example, and entrapped nerve in the sole of the foot, heel or ankle could be injured by an incorrect stretch.  An example of this would be the stretch that is performed by standing on the edge of the step, allowing the heels to drop off the edge and then holding this stretch for greater than up to thirty seconds. 

Trauma to the knee, with or with surgery, often results in nerve entrapments in the knee.  Static stretches that put that nerve on stretch could cause more pain and swelling.  The source of the exacerbated symptoms is now the nerve.  Squats would also stretch the same nerve.  Downhill skiing would cause the same symptoms because of the static flexed knee.  In fact, a nerve on tension could quit functioning causing the knee to give out.

Nerves do not like to be stretched.  A static stretch causes a decrease in the blood flow intrinsic to the nerve.  The nerve’s function to innervate muscles is interfered with.  Nerves like to glide and slide easily through tissues.  There is a science to causing mobilization of the nervous system.  At CHC Physical Therapy that science is incorporated into all pain and performance protocols as, “……in the treatment of pain in the musculoskeletal systems, the nervous system cannot be ignored.” (David Butler)

Muscle, Tendon and Ligament Injury Caused by Incorrect Stretching

Incorrect stretches can be a significant cause of pain.  There is an abundance of fabricated stretches that were designed with the obvious goal of being “different” rather than effective.  Muscle, tendons and ligaments have specific attachments to boney structures.  Their line of pull is specific to cause a particular movement.  “Gourmet”, “State of the Art” stretches designed to be different and not based on clinical expertise of the function of the particular structure can cause injury.  A muscle stretch that puts a mechanically incorrect pull on the tendon that attaches that muscle to the bone can cause tendonitis. 

 Body Phyx Physical Therapy Body Phyx causes the perfect stretches for the Shoulder, Hips, Knees, Calves and Ankles

 

 

 

 

A Clinical Study of Effects of Nerve Mobilizer on Shoulder Pain

CHC Physical Therapy conducted a 98 patient clinical trial, “A Clinical Study of the Effects of The Nerve Mobilizer (Body Phyx) on Shoulder Pain and Function”.  The trial outcomes demonstrated that treatment on Body Phyx (Nerve Mobilization) successfully resulted in a statistically significant increase in neural movement and decrease in shoulder pain.  The participants in the test group received treatment on the Body Phyx device alone.  Participants in the control group received standard and acceptable physical therapy for treatment of shoulder pain.
The primary objective of this study was to assess whether there is a neural tension component to shoulder pain and function and that, if neural tension is present, the Nerve Mobilizer (Body Phyx) will effectively address this component of shoulder pain.

Secondary Objectives: Assess changes in head posture, chest expansion, height and grasp strength following treatment with The Nerve Mobilizer.

Body Phyx Physical Therapy Equipment

Results of the Shoulder Pain Clinical Study

Following six visits, every participant in the Test Group showed reduction in pain levels averaging 85% compared to 25% in the Control Group, with 23 of the 47 Test Group participants reporting total elimination of all pain.

Most persistent or recurrent shoulder pain has a neural component that has not been identified.  Treatment is not successful because the treating diagnosis is incorrect.  Examples of this are rotator cuff tears, rotator cuff tendonitis and arthritis.  

The above clinical trial demonstrated that 85% of shoulder pain participants responded to treatment on the Body Phyx.  Treatment directed at the neural component of pain.  None of the study participants came to the trial with a diagnosis indicating that there was a neural component to should pain.  One participant came to the trial with a diagnosis of a full thickness rotator cuff tear.   Surgery was scheduled for the next week. His arm was in a sling.  His results were 100% reduction of pain and restoration of painless function.

Body Phyx….”Moves the Pain Away”

Body Phyx Removes Pain and Restores Performance         

Different Physical Therapy Positions with Body Phyx

                        Body Phyx Resolves Pain, Improves Performance and Restores Movement

It is not always about the muscles.

 

The solution to pain and performance decline is not always…….More stretches

                                                                                                                          More strengthening

                                                                                                                                 More endurance

In post-surgical joint repair, reconstruction or replacement it is often the ignored neural component that is not addressed in the rehabilitation process.  The result is less than optimal outcomes.

Inflammation is a consequence of repetitive movement or compression, injury and surgery.  Inflammation causes the formation of scar tissue.  The neural sheath can be “caught up” in this scarring process.  The nerve becomes entrapped.  The nerve’s ability to glide and slide to accommodate movement is limited.  This causes pain, inflammation and decreased performance.   The injury could have been the fall off your bike at 7 years old, the high school football injury or a recent episode of runner’s heel pain.

In the treatment of Pain and Performance, the Nervous System cannot be ignored.

Common Areas of Pain Caused By An Entrapped Nerve

Physical Therapists at CHC Physical Therapy are

Neuro-Orthopedic Physical Therapists. 

Physical therapists are movement specialists.  Their education focuses on movement and the anatomy of all the systems and structures in the body involved with movement:

  • This includes the movement of muscles, bones, joints and spine. 
  • Two important components of balance are the movement of the fluid in the vestibular canals of the inner ear and the tracking of the eye to tell our body where it is in space.   
  • Two important components of endurance are the respiratory system’s ability to cause the movement of air in and out of the lungs and the strength of cardiac tissue to pump the oxygen out into the body.
  • Good alignment (posture) is essential to optimal movement.

 

At CHC Physical Therapy we also specialize in the movement of the nervous system.

The ability of the nerves to glide and slide to accommodate movement in the musculoskeletal system is often ignored in the treatment of pain and performance.

       Golf Swing

Think of the golf swing:

The nervous system has to be able to function while accommodating this movement. The spine has to be able to rotate. The hips and shoulders need full range of movement.  For all of this to happen, good alignment is essential.

Good Posture Tennis Player

With tennis and all sports, the spine has to be able to move through the full range of movement in all directions.  “Bumping” into a block to movement will eventually cause pain.

Good Posture Runner Physical Therapy Heel, foot, shin and anterior knee pain experienced by runners is often attributed to heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, shin splints and patellar tendonitis.  Maybe these inflammatory processes caused the original episode of pain but an entrapped nerve in the area most probably causes the recurrent pain.
Musculoskeletal System | Optimal Balance for Soccer For optimal balance, the eyes, inner ear and the mechano-sensory (musculoskeletal) systems have to work together.  Treatment focused on only one system will not maximize balance and good balance is essential in soccer.  To prevent injury and to maximize performance and power, optimal balance is essential.
baseball pitcher physical therapy

Chronic IT Band Syndrome often has a significant neural entrapment component.

Every system in the body that is involved with movement has to work optimally for maximum performance without pain or the risk of injury.  Balance, power and maximum range of movement of the neuro-musculoskeletal systems are essential for the pitcher to prevent shoulder pain and injury.  The nerves ability to glide and slide is essential for optimal shoulder function.  CHC Physical Therapy did a 100 patient clinical trial on the neural component of shoulder pain.  This trial demonstrated that there was an 85% reduction in shoulder pain with use of the Body Phyx equipment alone.  The study demonstrated that Body Phyx causes movement of neural tissues in and around the shoulder and arm. This would indicate that Body Phyx should be the main component of a shoulder program.

wrestlers physical therapy From working with wrestlers at CHC Physical Therapy it has been observed that they have more loss of movement in the nervous system than any other athlete.  This could be explained by the static power exerted by the wrestler.  The effects of the neural tension, or the lack of the ability of the nerves to glide and slide to accommodate movement not only affects performance at onset, but it is often experienced later, much later, in life.  At this point pain, experienced with getting up from a chair, running, walking or a gym workout, is blamed on arthritis.  The nerves loss of ability to slide and glide is not determined by an x-ray or MRI.  Physical therapists at CHC Physical Therapy use evidence based tests to determine the presence of the loss of movement in the nervous system.
hockey player

Not all athletes wear helmets but even with a helmet; the head and upper neck are vulnerable to injury. Concussions effect performance immediately after onset and for years down the road.  Concussions are frequently not diagnosed and even if diagnosed movement affected by the concussion is not restored.  This can be movement of all the systems discussed above:

  • The Nervous System
  • Balance, including The Vestibular System and Eye Tracking
  • The Musculoskeletal Systems
  • The Respiratory System and Heart muscle

 

Shoulder Pain   Carpal Tunnel Syndrome    Stingers    Elbow Pain    Neck Pain

 

 

Free gliding and sliding of nerves allows movement to happen, painlessly

Restore pain free movement with movement.  Body Phyx causes movement that is based on science to cause  neural mobilization to treat pain.

Causes of Nerve Entrapments (The loss of a nerve's ability to move.)

 

  • Radiation
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Contusion
  • Straining/Stretching
  • Overuse
  • Surgery

 

All of the above result in inflammation. Inflammation causes the formation of scar tissue.  Scar tissue formation often "catches up" or "entraps" a nerve.

Body Phyx in Action

A common cause of recurrent pain is frequently due to a nerve that has lost the ability to glide and slide to accommodate movement in the musculoskeletal system.  Repetitive pulling and compressing of this nerve causes pain and inflammation.  This is often believed to be due to the recurrent tendonitis, epicondylitis, carpal tunnel syndrome or whatever the initial injury was that caused the inflammation and subsequent scar tissue. 

At CHC Physical Therapy, the protocol for treatment of pain is to first test for loss of movement in the nervous system and focus treatment on it.

Common Areas of Nerve Entrapments:

Nervous System - Radial Median and Ulnar Nerves

 

 

CHC Physical Therapy conducted a 100 patient clinical trial on shoulder pain.  The outcome of the study demonstrated that neural tension is a significant component of shoulder pain.  At CHC Physical Therapy the neural component of pain is treated first and then the potential musculoskeletal component is addressed.  The result is improved outcomes in fewer visits. 

 Nerve Mobilization / Body Phyx Results

The Baby Boomer Athlete

Posture and correct alignment take the strain off the joints and the spine, allowing the Baby Boomer to spend time on the course and not in the doctor’s office.

Baby Boomers in The Gym, On the Course, and Taking a Morning Walk

 

 

                           Baby boomer posture

The Results...Amazing Outcomes!

"Thank you Jeanne for my being able to walk normally and best of all, go up and down the many stairs in my house."

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