Dr. Michalski has been a body builder training in free weights, cable systems, and machines for 50 years. He has been trained in rehabilitation exercise programs through the Diplomate Orthopedic courses from the National University of Health Sciences. He has been involved in a training capacity and on-site Chiropractor for cross country teams in Milwaukee and surrounding communities. This also involved lecturing on motivation, self-image, gait analysis, team spirit, and core values.
Dr. Michalski’s Wisconsin State Certified in Nutritional Counseling, and that knowledge aids in recommending vitamin, mineral, supplementation, and food groups that are the best to benefit from in your particular sport of choice.
Here at Michalski Chiropractic Wellness Centre, we also customize computer exercise programs to fit your individual needs. We identify the area that would benefit and target the type of exercise that is necessary for the desired results. Our programs include stretching and strengthening exercises. They also help improve flexibility and balance with over 100 different types of activities to choose from. The program comes with complete step-by-step, both visual and written, instructions.
We believe exercise is a vital ingredient to any healing process as much as what goes into your body. Proprioception exercises and low back, neck, and mid-back stabilization procedures are among the valuable programs we offer. We look at the individual’s body as a whole and make our assessment based on what we feel you will be able to achieve, and you set the goal on where you want to be. We guide you to that outcome.
Proprioception is the body’s ability to transmit a sense of position, analyze that information and react (consciously or unconsciously) to the stimulation with the proper movement (Houglum 2001). Put simply, it is the ability to know where a body part is without having to look. Taken as a whole, proprioception includes balance, coordination and agility because the body’s proprioceptors control all these factors.
By improving your proprioception, you can gain the balance skills necessary to maintain stability; hone you agility so you can quickly change direction when necessary; and fine-tune coordination skills so you can perform physical activities accurately and consistently. Athletic ability in sports, ie golf, racketball, tennis, baseball, basketball, bicycling, etc., and all activities that require hand-eye coordination.
Proprioception exercises include in part:
- One Foot In Front Of The Other
- Stand On One Leg
- Rock Backwards/Forwards
- Rocker Board and Wobble Board Exercises
- Stand On Right Foot On Wobble Board
- Stand On Left Foot On Wobble Board
Proprioception exercises reduce the risk of injury by teaching the body to react appropriately to sudden changes in the environment. The exercises are also helpful in reducing low back pain.
Low Back Stabilization Procedures
Cardiovascular and strengthening exercises combined with chiropractic care are important in the management of low back pain. Stabilization exercise program has become a popular treatment method in spinal rehabilitation. Studies have shown that specific exercise program reduces pain and disability in chronic low back pain as well as helping acute low back pain by reducing recurrence rate (Ferreira et al., 2006).
Low Back Stabilization Procedures include in part:
- Ball Sitting
- Bird Dog
- Side Bridge
- Supine Pelvic Bridge (with ball)
- Supine Pelvic Bridge (without ball)
- Wall Angels
- Alternative Wall Angels
- Neurodynamics Routines
Along with exercise, proper stretching of the muscles will help maintain normal range of motion and provide relief for muscles. The goal of a stretching exercise is to increase elasticity and flexibility, throughout the body, with special focus on the spine. Just as with the exercises, stretches will be specifically designed to meet your individual needs.
Specific programs are designed for each patient to bring them to optimum performance.
Core stability is the strengthening of the muscles surrounding the back and abdomen, known as the “powerhouse muscles” or “core”. These muscles provide a solid base upon which all other muscles can work upon to initiate movement. Along with supporting activities of everyday life and keeping you fit, comprehensive strengthening program of these core muscles can be used for:
- Injury prevention
- Rehabilitation from injury
- Improving performance
Core stability is an essential component of any rehabilitation program not only for low back pain, sacroiliac pain and Gilmore’s Groin but also for other injuries such as hamstring strain and shoulder pain. By providing stability beneath the muscles that provide movement, core stability provides excellent rehabilitative properties for such injuries and is a common treatment method.
Rehabilitation Station Includes:
- Neck Resistance
- Exercise Band
- One-handed & Two-handed exercise
- Ankle Strap for leg exercise
Other Support Equipment
- Dumbell Free Weights
- Motorized Intersegmental Traction
- Hydro-massage Therapy
- Cervical/Mechanical Traction, both static and intermittent
To re-establish the cervical curve and decompress that area of the spine
- Tonal Instrument Adjusting using the Integrator
- Thompson Terminal Point Drop Piece Table
- Flexion-Distraction Adjusting Table
- Automatic standing-to-horizontal Adjusting Table
- Cold Lasers
- Electrical Muscle Stimulation
- Electrical Automatic Instrument Adjusting
- Health Bridges, designed to reduce excessive back curve
- Anti-Gravity Erect or Body Flexed
- Inflatable Sitting Disc
- Orthopedic Pillows, supports and braces
- Home Traction
- Hot/Cold Packs
- Comprehensive Examination Facility
- X-ray Department, provides postural and/or recumbent x-ray procedures