Product Reviews

The following are articles dedicated to the analysis of various chiropractic products done by the ChiroHub team.  If you are a manufacturer and would like to see your product reviewed by our team, please read the following article on Product Submission . Looking for our entire databse of reviews?  Visit our Chiropractic Product Review Directory

Prologel Chiropractic Product Review

PrologelMax_VitD We are very excited to bring you a review on a cutting edge treatment developed by a pro-chiropractic anesthesiologist out of California called Prolophoresis.  The product is Prologel, and it combines Dr. Howard Rosen's knowledge of prolotherapy, neural prolotherapy, anesthesiology, and biochemistry. Those chiropractors that already know about prolotherapy and neural prolotherapy will be excited to find out that this modality is delivered via ultrasound, iontophoresis, or topically. That means scope of practice laws preventing injection become a nonissue. Most states allow chiropractors to use ultrasound and iontophoresis, and since this gel does not contain any pharmaceutical agents, it is both safe and within the scope of practice for chiropractors.
Since the injections given in neural prolotherapy are rather superficial, it was hypothesized by Dr. Rosen that he could use ultrasound or iontophoresis to help push his gel into the subcutaneous tissue. This is thought to act directly on group C nerve fibers, which are responsible for long-term nociception.  The ingredients in Prologel help to soothe pain associated with these nerve endings, as opposed to the counter-irritant model used by most topical analgesics.

ChiroHub.com has been impressed by this product. Though our clinical testing has been brief, we have seen good results with plantar fasciitis, and knee pain.  We also like the fact that Prologel doesn't have a strong odor, nor does it cause discoloration of clothing or skin.  The consumer price for just over an ounce is almost $40 (practitioners get a substantial discount).  However, each treatment only requires a small amount of gel, so this should last you longer than most other creams.  In addition, price reductions are expected as mass production progresses.
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Overall, this is a very exciting product, which allows chiropractors to enter the field of proliferative therapies with less risk and less invasive procedures. We encourage you to get a bottle to try for your patients, and to contact us about upcoming trainings on Prolophoresis!

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Hematoma After Prologel Tx
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Natural Latex - Rocky Mountain Mattress Awarded ChiroHub Seal

We have had a lot of requests to do reviews on mattresses, as this is an important topic for chiropractors.  With our concern for spinal alignment and decreased stress on joints, we want to make sure that we recommend a mattress to our patients that is both supportive and comfortable.  There are a lot of options out there - spring, gel, air, water, memory foam, latex, and more.  While many of the newer mattresses can provide a quality night of sleep, we believe that memory foam and latex rise to the top, with latex ultimately taking home the prize.  We have detailed out our decision in a video review posted on our YouTube channel - watch our Natural Latex Mattress Review now!

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RMM YouTube thumb There are quite a few different companies out there offering these latex mattresses, but we wanted to find a company that offered 100% All Natural Latex material, was based in the USA, and had superior consumer research and support.  We were so impressed with Rocky Mountain Mattress, that we gave them our official ChiroHub Seal of Approval. This means customers can buy with confidence.  We aren't quick to give this award out, so Rocky Mountain Mattress has gone above and beyond our expectations.  They even sent us samples of the various foams to use in our in-house review.

Thumbsavers Review

Thumbsavers – A handy tool for your kit

One of our most recent product discoveries here at ChiroHub came as a result of our searching for products that would help Chiropractors who do a lot of soft tissue work. We have heard a lot of complaints from doctors that utilize A.R.T., Nimmo, Positional Release, Cross-Fiber friction, or other soft tissue techniques that their hands get a lot of wear and tear. The biggest complaint seems to be the increased stress on the proximal joints of the thumb. Despite helpful tips by Technique instructors, some practitioners continue to suffer from pain in this region.

Product review for Thumbsavers by PolTech Inc.

This type of pain is what motivated Greg Polins of PolTech Inc. to invent the Thumbsavers tool. After several prototypes, Greg currently produces a small device that can slip over your thumb to add reinforced stability to the joint complex. The units are made of a semi-flexible polyethylene (free of latex and chloride), which proved to be very durable in our testing. They have small holes near the end that allow venting and help reduce perspiration buildup inside. After testing this product with various hands and on various patients, we have developed our own product review for the Thumbsavers device.

The first question must be asked, “Does it do what it is supposed to?” We could clearly feel a difference in the structural stability provided to the thumb while wearing it. However, it does not completely eliminate the compressive force exerted on your most proximal joint (carpo-metacarpal in the case of the thumb). Incidentally, we found it just as useful for other digits of the hand. The only thing to keep in mind here is that you will likely need a different sized Thumbsaver for your thumb than any of your fingers. There are clear measuring instructions for sizing on the product’s website. Another option is to wear the unit on both thumbs at the same time. This application seems more appropriate in massage, than a targeted myofascial release.

There are also other considerations when evaluating your purchasing decision. At the front of many minds might be cost. Let us assure you that PolTech has these priced very fairly. You can currently get two Thumbsavers for $25. That is less than the cost of a chiropractic extremity adjustment to your first digit (Chiropractic Handshake), so we think it is quite a deal.

Another major consideration is comfort. This is a fairly subjective criterion, so the ultimate decision should be up to you. We felt like the units fit comfortably, without any odd bumps or protuberances. However, we did have a couple patients say that they preferred the feel of a real hand on them. This may be remedied by using a lubricating lotion, or by simply honoring that patient’s request. There is rarely one solution that works for everyone, and so the artistic battle of healing with Chiropractic goes.

Our only real gripe would be an obvious one – you will sacrifice some of the tactile proprioception that your bare hands offer. A simple problem often has an easy solution, and such is the case here. You will quickly learn to palpate using your uncovered fingers, while performing the actual myofascial work with the finger that is aided by the Thumbsaver product.

 

Bottom Line: For very little money, Thumbsavers are a simple solution to help reduce the stress on the joints of your hand while doing myofascial work. Some patients may not prefer the feel, but they are in the minority, and the Thumbsavers can easily be stored in your pocket for use on other patients. If you do a lot of soft tissue work, this is a tool you will want in your kit.

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