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Game Ready with ACCEL® Technology

Recovery is an integral part of every athlete’s training, whether it’s recovery from an injury or recovery between workouts. This is why our Chiropractors in Portland Maine use Game Ready to aid in our patients recovery and everyday wellness routines.

What happens when a muscle is injured or strained?
Immediately after suffering a musculoskeletal injury, the body initiates a series of physiological responses to defend surrounding tissues and begin to repair the damage. This is known as the inflammatory response. While inflammation is a natural and necessary mechanism in this process, controlling it effectively can actually allow the body to enter the later stages of healing faster. Whether you are a surgery patient in post-op rehab or an elite athlete with a sports injury, you want to get back into action as quickly as possible. You want to proactively accelerate your recovery. Mend Health of Maine is dedicated to non-surgical chiropractic management of Sports and Musculoskeletal injuries in the surrounding Portland Maine area.

How Does Game Ready Help?
Game Ready’s innovative ACCEL® Technology (Active Compression and Cold Exchange Loop) sets a new standard in injury and post-op treatment, integrating active pneumatic compression and cold therapies in one revolutionary system. The system progressively increases and releases pressure while also rapidly circulating ice water through separate wrap chambers. Until now, the RICE (Rest–Ice–Compression–Elevation) principles have been used only to passively control symptoms, moderating pain and swelling. But Game Ready® does more. Going beyond static cold and compression applications, ACCEL Technology mimics natural muscle contractions while cooling the tissue, helping the body to proactively aid lymphatic function, encourage cellular oxygen supply, and stimulate tissue repair. That is, it helps accelerate and enhance recovery.

Who can benefit from Game Ready Recovery sessions?
Recovery is an integral part of every athlete’s training, whether it’s recovery from an injury or recovery between workouts. From Triathletes, cyclists, runners, bodybuilders, UFC fighters, footballers, rugby, Maine Mariners Hockey and baseball players have all used Game Ready. Recovery to help improve their performance and intensify their training. This is why our Chiropractors in Portland Maine use Game Ready to aid in our patient’s recovery and everyday wellness routines.

If you are surgery patient in post-op rehab, an athlete with a sports injury, or just interested in obtaining more information regarding Game Ready’s ACCEL® Technology, please contact Dr St John at Mend Health & Wellness in Scarborough Maine.
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Therapeutic Ultrasound has several uses. There are three primary benefits to ultrasound. The first is the speeding up of the healing process from the increase in blood flow in the treated area. The second is the decrease in pain from the reduction of swelling and edema. The third is the gentle massage of muscles tendons and/ or ligaments in the treated area because no strain is added and any scar tissue is softened.

Ultrasound can produce many effects other than just the potential heating effect. It has been shown to cause increases in tissue relaxation, local blood flow, and scar tissue breakdown. The effect of the increase in local blood flow can be used to help reduce local swelling and chronic inflammation, and used in cases where scar tissue breakdown is the goal. Also ultrasound can often be used as a fairly accurate tool for diagnosing minor fractures that may not be obvious on x-ray.
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Personal Training

What is considered PT services?
It’s a combo of personal training, and coaching. Personal Therapy provides direct one-on-one fitness and rehab instruction. Under the direct supervision of a Chiropractic physician.

What can I expect during rehab therapy?
Dr. St John incorporates exercise screening, goal setting, and health education into your PT program at Mend Health & Wellness. Following a consultation that includes an injury and health history, Dr. St John and his team designs a challenging workout routine specifically customized for your individual needs. As your strength and endurance builds, Dr. St John adds exercises that are tailored to maximize your fitness levels and help avoid injury.

What are some of the benefits of PT?
Everyone has unique health and physical training requirements. You can benefit from an exercise and health regimen tailored to your needs that focuses on:

• Old injuries that can make exercise difficult or painful
• Realistic goals
• Regular review of skills and goals
• Scheduling that fits your unique needs

What special skills does a chiropractor bring to PT?
Dr St John Is credentialed thorough the highly sought out National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancing Specialist (NASM-PES). Before planning an exercise regimen, Dr. St John assesses your range of motion, strength, balance and coordination, posture, and motor function. Your personal training program will include exercises for flexibility, endurance, and strength, as well as injury prevention, both for exercise and daily living. Dr. St John also helps you design a safe and effective regimen for those days that you exercise on your own. But besides fitness training, Dr. St John incorporates chiropractic treatment as needed to help you reach and maintain your goals.

If you’re ready to reach your fitness goals, call or book an appointment online today to meet with Dr. St John at Mend Health & Wellness near Portland Maine.
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Air Relax

At Mend Health & Wellness believe recovery is just as important as training and nutrition, and should be an integral part of every athlete’s training program. The Air Relax Compression system is designed to help athletes recover faster and perform better. When you exercise, you “stress” your muscles, causing minor tears to your muscle fibers. These tears are what will later cause you to improve, but initially they result in muscle inflammation and the accumulation of metabolic waste (lactate, pyruvate, ammonia, bicarbonate and pH). The small muscle injuries result in a combination of soreness, fatigue and reduced muscle strength, which limit your ability to train at full strength and get the most benefit from your workout. That’s why the ability to recover rapidly is so important.

Most athletes and patients are interested in reducing their recovery time following intense exercise or post-surgical procedures. Recent scientific studies have shown that lymphatic therapy provides physiological changes that indicate improved muscular recovery. The lymphatic system does not have a pump like the heart does. Air Relax delivers that natural sequential compression and flushes metabolic waste, which causes soreness and fatigue in the muscles.

Compression devices were once only for the exclusive use of patients with serious muscular and circulatory disorders such as lymphedema, venous insufficiency and P.A.D. Today compression sleeves are used by major sports teams, universities, physical therapists and professional athletes to improve recovery time and enhance their training.

We offer Air relax compression to all our Scarborough Maine patients to help rejuvenate muscle tissue and dramatically reduces tightness and soreness with our soft tissue treatments. When used as part of a rehab protocol, it helps to speed recovery, improve outcomes, and increase patient satisfaction.

If you are interested in trying out compression therapy please call our chiropractic office near Portland Maine to experience it for yourself. contact
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What is Percussion Therapy?
Neuromuscular Percussive Therapy, utilizes 16 mm amplitude with a scientifically-calibrated speed of 40 percussions per second on the body - the essential pairing required to relieve pain, enhance athletic performance, improve range of motion, and accelerate recovery

Whether you’re an athlete, personal trainer, fitness enthusiast, or you have muscle tension, minor aches, and pains, percussive therapy provides a natural approach to improving your physical health and whole-body wellness.

Neuromuscular Percussive Therapy helps with the following:

• Accelerates recovery & muscle repair
• Increases blood and lymphatic flow
• Relieves muscle spasms and stiffness
• Breaks up scar tissue
• Improves lactic acid clearance
• Activates the nervous system and muscles
• Muscle fatigue, pain, tightness, soreness, and knots
• Natural stress relief

How does it work?
Tension is the root cause of most body aches and pains. The breakthrough treatment of Theragun Percussive Therapy relieves the tension in our soft tissue effectively and efficiently.

Theragun Percussive Therapy overrides the pain signals to the brain, increases heat in the tissue, and releases tension. It does this through a combination of 16 mm amplitude at a scientifically-calibrated frequency. Theragun uses these two principles of depth and speed to speak to your body in a language it can understand, and provide a deeper and more effective experience than any other consumer device.