By: David B.
Santa Cruz Chiropractic & Sports Medicine Clinic
1220 Forty-first Street * Suite I
Capitola, California 95010
We, since the inception of the chiropractic profession, have been the
leaders in understanding how structure and function affect human
health. Furthermore, we have taken on the responsibility, through
professional services, to share this knowledge and resulting benefits
with the general public.
With the spine being
the primary focus of chiropractic, we are continually searching for
cutting edge methods and techniques that will provide maximum
rehabilitation and functional maintenance of the vertebral structures
and, thus, the nervous system. As never before in the history of health
care, people are looking for natural solutions for health restoration
and the prevention of disease. Chiropractic is, and should be, the
logical profession to lead the way in 21st century national health
Spinal exercise has
always been the cornerstone of chiropractic-based rehabilitation
programs. Within the exercise regimen, the benefits of rehab should
include spinal strengthening, optimum postural positioning of the
spinal curves, balance, coordination, flexibility, and intervertebral
disc health through spinal pumping, or imbibition, with the minimal
possible impact shock.
While no single
exercise provides all of the needed benefits necessary to maintain a
healthy spine, there is a new and exciting application of an exercise
system that provides most of the essential elements necessary to
develop and maintain a healthy functional spine, Kangoo Jumps, Rebound
Kangoo Jumps are Swiss
engineered and have become very popular overseas since their launch at
the Paris Sports Fair in 1994. Although Europeans are mainly using them
for strength and conditioning training, one of the original intentions
of the product design was the safe rehabilitation of sports related
injuries. Kangoo Jumps reduce impact shock up to 60% allowing training
to begin sooner than usual after an injury. Currently, several NFL
football players are using the commercial model for rehabilitation and
others are using them for strength and conditioning. Kangoo Jumps can
be used indoors or outdoors, on almost any surface, including wood
floors, tile, carpeting, paved roads, sidewalks, dirt paths, and at the
For many years the
concept of Rebound Exercise has been incorporated in the chiropractic
rehabilitation and health maintenance model. Thousands of chiropractors
have been introduced to the concept and benefits of rebound exercise
through the mini-trampoline. The Miracles of Rebound Exercise by Albert
Carter has sold millions of copies since its first publishing in 1974.
The chiropractic profession has embraced the rebound exercise principal
due to the tremendous benefits to the spine, the nervous system, as
well as the lymphatic and circulatory systems. In fact, rebounding
provides an incredible improvement to overall cellular health, and
thus, an increased immune function.
Until recently, the
primary apparatus for rebounding has been either the backyard
trampoline or the mini-trampoline, known as the rebounder, which has
been the most accepted model. Unfortunately, the large trampoline has
been the source of numerous spinal injuries due to improper use. The
main drawback of the mini-trampoline has been the limitation of
mobility. Like the stationary bicycle or Stairmaster device, it often
Kangoo Jumps provide
an innovative, safe, and effective system of rebound exercise,
capturing all of the health benefits associated with the
mini-trampoline, but they also provide versatility, mobility, and the
fun factor. Having a program that is interesting, effective and fun is
essential for long-term exercise follow through and compliance to a
prescribed program. Noticeable benefits are provided in relatively
short sessions, often ten minutes or less.
The minimization of
impact to the feet, ankles, shins, knees, hips, and spine make Kangoo
Jumps the ideal conditioning and rehabilitation exercise for recovering
from an extremity or spinal injury or enhancing the overall health of
the body and musculoskeletal system.
In Canada, National
Hockey League players are also enjoying the benefits of Kangoo Jumps in
their regime. Dusane Benicky, program director for the Human
Performance Center, a conditioning and training clinic, is quite
familiar with the product from his work in Europe with the national
Slavic hockey team. He incorporates Kangoo Jumps into his training
sessions with current NHL players as well. He also recommends them for
improving plyometrics necessary for sports such as basketball, hockey,
and soccer, which require quick and powerful reactions.
It's also great for
proprioceptive movement where muscles, joints, and sensory systems work
together" he says, adding, This type of activity helps heal injuries.
I've been using this idea for many years in training and
rehabilitation. It harmonizes the muscles and the central nervous
BENEFITS FOR THE CHIROPRACTIC PATIENT:
1. Minimum joint
2. The benefits of positive and negative G forces on the muscular and
lymphatic systems. NASA conducted a study relating to musculoskeletal
3. Spinal imbibition/disc nutrition.
5. Maximum oxygen utilization for aerobic conditioning.
6. Proper posture promotion.
7. Weight loss/maintaining or obtaining a lean body mass.
8. Increased bone density of weightbearing skeletal structures.
Running has always
been considered the gold standard of aerobics. There are many
chiropractic patients that utilize jogging or running as their primary
aerobic exercise of choice. As we are all aware, the physical
limitations of running are many. Besides the obvious detriment of joint
impact, which includes trauma to structures of the feet and often
accentuates pronation, supination, and a dropped arch, which is the
most common cause of shin splints. Repetitive pounding from running is
also contraindicated for the recovery of inversion sprains, knee and
hip injuries, as well as chronic disc and degenerative spinal
conditions. Jogging can also result in poor posture habits that are
commonly observed in runners.
Kangoo Jumps, due to
the inherent nature of their design, encourage proper posture in order
to maintain balance and coordination while performing aerobic exercises
or running. The balance involved while using Kangoo Jumps, which is
very safe and easily mastered, stimulates the spinal and extremity
joint mechanoreceptors which are essential for proper balance and
proprioceptive skills. Pronation and supination are greatly reduced due
to the fact that foot placement is dynamically influenced by balance
which forces the patient into a conscious gait pattern.
Rebounding with Kangoo
Jumps has a positive influence on spinal and intervertebral disc health
by providing maximum spinal imbibition. This, of course, is essential
for the proper transfer of nutrients into the disc and the removal of
metabolic waste products out of the disc, thereby maintaining and
restoring intervertebral health and function.
Due to the fact that
rebounding produces positive and negative gravitational forces on the
musculoskeletal system, this form of exercise also enhances overall
muscular tone in both the upper and lower extremities while performing
rebounding exercises. The muscular system must resist the negative G
aspect of the exercise, which causes increased contractions and,
therefore, increased toning. Traditionally, aerobic exercise often has
been associated with upper extremity muscle atrophy due to the fact
that there is minimal, or no, muscular activity stressing the upper
body. Kangoo Jumps maximize muscular contraction due to the positive
and negative gravitational forces that are optimized while performing
various routines in rebound exercise shoes.
stimulates osteoblastic bone rebuilding activity in the vertebral
bodies and weightbearing bony structures of the pelvis and lower
extremities which is essential in the prevention of osteoporosis,
especially in women.
Kangoo Jumps will
provide your patients with a cutting edge comprehensive conditioning
and rehabilitation system that is safe and effective, easy and fun to
implement, and supports the chiropractic model of health and wellness.
Positioning your practice with the Kangoo Jump System will certainly
result in superior clinical results and bring a greater exposure of
your services to your community through the efforts of enthusiastic
patients who will continue to generate ongoing referrals for your
David B. Love, D.C.