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Medical Studies Relevant to the Finch Windmill

The Finch Windmill at Work in the Health Field

Bishop, DC PhD MD JMPT 199;16(5):300-305: If joint mechanics are altered, the cells (chrondrocytes & fibroblasts) responsible for biosynthesis of proteoglycans will be stimulated to change the composition of the extracellular matrix to produce connective tissue better suited for the new mechanical demands. In a joint that has been severely injured the connective tissue may change sufficiently to permanently alter the function of the joint & thus predispose to premature degeneration &/ or further injury. By the same mechanism, maintaining normal joint mechanics may act to prevent premature degeneration &/ or joint injury.

Lachman, MA,MD Soft tissue injuries in sport, 2nd ed. London, Blackwell Scientific Publications 1994: 12-31: Proprioceptors provide information at the conscious level about position & movement & subconsciously eliciting spinal reflexes that alter muscle action to control posture & prevent excessive deformation of jts & tissues. Its failure results in the loss of control of posture & complex movements. The end organs cease to function in the presence of inflammation or after prolonged immobilization of a jt. This loss of afferent input results in failure of postural reflexes so that the joint gives way, known as functional instability. When treating injuries involving structures around a joint it is very important to stimulate the proprioceptive endings from an early stage of Rx. This appears to prevent atrophy of some endings & probably also recruits resting proprioceptive organs in surrounding tissues.

Herring, MD Med & science in sports exercise 1990: 22(4):453-456. After injury, tissue may repair & remodel but associated changes in function occur: 1. Changes in strength, 2. Changes in strength balance, 3. Reduced flexibility, 4. Disturbed propriociption. The signs & symptoms of injury may abate but these functional deficits may persist causing: 1.decreases in performance, 2. Increased likelihood of reinjury. Rehab must not be solely based on symptom relief. If must address more than pain. The patient has a functional disability after an injury & until that is addressed these functional changes will persist. Rehab must be oriented toward return of function, not just relief of symptoms.

Kibler, MD Sports induced inflammation 1990: 759-769. The goal of rehab is to restore athletic function to as normal as possible. One must address both symptoms & functional alterations: muscle weakness, imbalance, inflexibility. Function alterations as well as symptoms must be corrected. Treatment confined to pain relief & initiation of healing without functional restoration by other rehabilitation methods may result in development of biomechanical deficits.

Nelson, DC Top Clin Chiro 1994: 1(4):20-29 Active patients can lose their capacity at a rate of 3% to 7% daily in total rest but can only improve at a rate of 1% day. Early motion & mechanical loading stimulate properly aligned, newly formed collagen fibers, promote synovial fluid diffusion in jts & enhance local blood flow. Active exercise provides the greatest stimulus for remodeling & addresses deficits in ROM, strength & endurance. If deficits of mobility, strength, or endurance remain uncorrected, the patient may return to preinjury activity with only a small margin of safety. The likelihood of reinjury is great. Deficits may not be readily apparent to the patient as that may not be painful.

Dr. Dennis M. Romero "All joints consist of bones, muscle and connective tissue (cartilage, tendons, ligaments and framework of tissue in which muscle cells reside). Studies have revealed that connective tissues will actually remodel to conform to stresses that are put upon them.

This means that regular use of the Finch Windmill will not only strengthen and educate muscles of the torso and shoulder girdle, but will actually cause the shoulder to remold the joint structure to more readily accommodate the stresses of the overhand throw and underhand windmill pitching motion. This results in improved mechanics, more potential speed and less susceptibility to injury to the shoulder joint. I would recommend the Finch Windmill for any athlete, especially the softball or baseball player."
-18 years chiropractic practice, specializing in sports injuries
-16 years team doctor for Monterey High School Football Team (1998 Central Coast Section, Div. III Champions)



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