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Category Archives: Chiropractic

Strength training for recovery and prevention of concussions

It is estimated that as many as 3.8 million concussions occur in the United States annually due to sports or recreational injuries. Concussions present a serious health risk to the public. Research continues to show how damage to the brain can cause long-lasting health implications if not properly addressed. Symptoms similar to Parkinson’s, along with memory and attention-deficit issues, are often seen amongst older athletes decades after their careers end. Thankfully, rules in sports are changing and the need for serious recovery measures after a concussion are becoming common knowledge.

The Best Form of Protection is Prevention

While athletic gear has come a long way within the last few decades to help reduce the risk of head trauma, there is still more that we can do to help improve the odds. One of the very best things one can do is focus on strengthening neck muscles and the trapezius muscle, which runs along the spine and back shoulder area. In fact, studies have shown that individuals with the strongest necks are the least likely to sustain a concussion in high school sports.

Target Muscles in a Variety of Planes of Motion

The neck can move in a variety of unique patterns rotationally and laterally, so it’s critical to target these muscles through multiple different angles and movement patterns. Resistance cords provide individuals with one great solution to achieve this effectively, in addition to providing a variety of other benefits such as increased flexibility, range of motion, and cell growth.

Two simple pieces of equipment from NZ Manufacturing can help with both prevention and recovery from concussions:

The HEADSET KIT M357-MEDICORDZ® gives individuals the ability to target neck muscles to increase strength and mobility through forward and lateral flexion, extension and rotation neck exercises; while, the HEAD STRAP KIT M351KT-MEDICORDZ® stretches both the upper back and neck muscles.

Recover Optimally

After taking the necessary time to rest initially after a concussion, strength training and rehabbing the muscles surrounding and supporting the head is essential to proper recovery. Research has shown that athletes who have had one concussion are 4 to 6 times more likely to sustain a second. With careful guidance from sports medicine doctors or physical therapists, the use of resistance cords can help increase blood flow to recovering areas to support a strong, healthy comeback from a concussion and reduce the likelihood of a second occurrence

NZ Manufacturing, which has been in business for over 30 years, creates some of the highest quality resistance exercise tools used by professional sports teams, hospitals, and national organizations to help individuals stay healthy and recover more optimally. We are more than happy to answer any questions you might have or provide you with any additional information you may need. Reach us by phone at 1-800-886-6621 or fill out our online contact form today!

Interview with Dr. Jason Jaeger

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Jason Jaeger, who is an accomplished entrepreneur, Chiropractic physician and NZ Manufacturing Advisory Board Member.

We thought it would be a good idea to interview him to show our customers just how he’s using our MediCordz® rehab gear in his various businesses.  Read on to catch our interview and feel free to reach out to our team if you have any questions about the products that he mentions below.

How long have you been a Chiropractic Doctor?

I have been a Chiropractic doctor for more than 17 years. I’m currently the CEO of Advanced Spine & Posture, 2 facilities which offer Medical Physiatry, Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Biophysics. We are one of the nations centers of excellence and are located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

What is your specialty within the realm of Chiropractic?

I currently specialize in a chiropractic approach called Clinical Biomechanics of Posture (CBP). This specialty required a 200 hour post graduate fellowship and is currently recognized by the Nevada Chiropractic Physicians’ Board, as a post graduate certification.

In addition, I’m an instructor with the Chiropractic Biophysics Doctor Institute, where I teach Clinical Biomechanics of Posture. This facility is based in Eagle, ID.

I’m currently the Secretary and Treasurer for the Nevada Chiropractic Physicians’ Board and am a former board member of two state associations including the Nevada Chiropractic Association and the Nevada Chiropractic Council.

When were you first introduced to products from NZ Manufacturing?

I was exposed to NZ Manufacturing in 2002 when I was working in an informal post graduate residency focused on CBP. In this program, we used MediCordz® exercise therabands and theraband handles, as well as theraband head harnesses to perform a variety of neuromuscular re-education exercises that are specifically used for posture retraining.

How do you currently use resistance bands?

We currently use NZ Manufacturing resistance cords in two primary ways:

  1. We use MediCordz® gear for strengthening exercises that offer more consistency when compared to simply using gym equipment alone. We’re able to teach symmetric exercises to help build muscle.
  2. Additionally, when I was going through my informal residency I identified that there was a large amount of spinal rehab equipment that was focused only on a  particular body part or range of motion, and there wasn’t a good place to do proper posture retraining exercises and movements,  on or adjacent to these machines. After about 12 months in the program, and in collaboration with the other doctors on the team,  we developed and patented a piece of spinal rehab equipment called a Universal Tractioning Systems (UTS) ( www.utsspine.com)which is still in use today by doctors and rehab facilities around the world. The MediCordz® line is an integral part of UTS and comes standard  with the exercise and postural equipment from NZ Manufacturing.

How can NZ Manufacturing’s products benefit both the patient as well as the doctor?

NZ Manufacturing’s wide array of resistance cords can benefit the patient and doctor in a number of ways, including:

  1. Resistance cords can be used for posture retraining because you can do posture movements and motions opposite of a person’s preferred posture, which is usually stooped. We use MediCordz® resistance cords and the MediCordz® Headset Kit along with the UTS to asymmetrically exercise an individual with the clinical goal of improving posture.
  2. Resistance cords can also be used to strengthen muscles for those individuals who may have been injured in some sort of accident, while playing sports, or have some other type of traumatic injury.

Interested in Learning More About Dr. Jaeger or the NZ Manufacturing Products That He Uses in His Practice?

We hope this interview with Dr. Jaeger gave you a sense of just how versatile our NZ Manufacturing line of MediCordz®Rehab Gear can be for Chiropractors as well as other medical professionals. If you’d like to learn more about any of the products listed in this blog, feel free to reach out to the NZ Manufacturing team today at 800-886-6621.