THE HUBER MACHINE

Here at Vital Life Centres we have employed the Huber as an adjunct therapy to afford our clientele a greater opportunity to rehabilitate post injury and maintain a higher level of health and wellbeing.

The Huber is a dynamic rehabilitation system designed to enhance and improve core stability, coordination, balance, upper body and lower body strength as well as overall health and wellness.  This specialised system aids in strengthening the stabilising muscles of the body, especially the deep muscles of the spine and core, to minimise the risk of further musculo-skeletal injury. At present The Huber is only available at our Scarborough Centre.

PHYSIOLOGY

By placing a person in an unstable environment (an oscillating platform), the body is forced to react to create stability.  This is the underlying philosophy behind the Huber.  It can accommodate any individual and clinically programmed to suit the goals and aims of the client.

SPORTS

Not only does the Huber aid in resolving musculo-skeletal pain, such as back pain, it also works towards enhancing sports performance.  Through the feedback system and the ability to challenge a person despite their level of function, the Huber can aid elite sports people target specific muscle groups, or movements required in their chosen field.

CHIROPRACTIC

Patients suffering from acute, chronic and persistent back pain and joint pain can also significantly benefit from Huber.  Patients are positioned to stand on the oscillating platform where the speed and amplitude of the platform can be adjusted to suit their individual needs.  By creating an environment where fluid movement is necessary, the Huber gently mobilises the spine and the surrounding muscles to increase range of movement and gently stretch the muscles, ligaments and tendons.

NEUROMUSCULAR

Children presenting with a range of neurodelveopmental issues (balance and coordination) can also benefit from the Huber.  As we age, our ability to maintain balance and coordination may decrease due to lack of use.  Seniors can also benefit from balance and coordination exercises of the Huber.

Common Questions and Answer On The HUBER:

1.    How much is each session on the Huber?

Booking for 1 Session: $18
Booking for 5 Sessions: $75 ($15 per session)
Booking 10 Sessions: $120 ($12 per session).

2.    How long will I have to be on the Huber?

Our research and experience has shown that between 15 – 20 minutes is sufficient for each dynamic treatment session as this translates biomechanically to spinal muscular alignment and joint and soft tissue mobilisation.

3.    How many sessions will I have to be on the Huber before I experience difference or progress?

As a general rule, each patient’s program is tailor made according to their clinical condition, presenting complaint, our assessment and subsequent diagnosis.  Therefore it is difficult to place a blanket statement on sessions though we do see progression emerging between 4-6 treatment sessions.  As it takes approximately 12 weeks for muscle tissue to become fit or adapt to a new work load, we recommend 12 weeks at 3 sessions per week to allow the core muscles to strengthen.  It also takes approximately 12 months for bone, ligaments, tendons and other supportive soft tissue’s to adapt to a new work load.  For this reason we recommend ongoing Huber sessions to aid the realignment and strengthening of these structures as you move on into the final stages of recovery and ongoing health.  This should coincide with other physical activity and goal setting.

4.    Is each treatment session on the Huber the same?

No.  The treating practitioner will clinically discern with you what your specific requirements are and when it is time to progress through to more advanced levels of exercise on the Huber.  Treatment is tailored for the individual.  The aim of the Huber dynamic system is to enhance performance and promote greater function therefore, with the incremental steps made, the body is ultimately conditioned and rehabilitated to greater expectations.

5.    Does the use of the Huber affect my normal chiropractic, naturopathic or massage therapeutic treatment sessions?

No it does not.  In fact, it is highly complementary and it is not uncommon for your treating practitioner to incorporate a combination of static and dynamic (HUBER) treatment in the course of your treatment plan.

6.    When do I qualify to have treatment on the Huber?

Once again, the actual timing is dependent on the clinical rationale of your treating practitioner.  That said, the general clinical trends that have emerged show that the Huber is best utilised when the person is moving away from acute towards resolution phase care.
The applications for the Huber are many and varied with a broad demographic and clinical range.  These include:
1.    Children: to assist with developmental gains, sensory integration, balance and posture
2.    Seniors: for increased muscle strength, balance, posture and spinal muscular health
3.    Adults: throughout the age range for all of the above including spinal muscular conditions
4.    Pregnant women and post pregnancy women: for toning, strengthening of the pelvic floor muscles, overall weight loss and body sculpturing
5.    Elite athletes: require speed, coordination, strength development and balance
6.    Specific spinal muscular rehabilitation: post acute and chronic injury, functional and static postural re-alignment
7.    Fitness with core stability training: in conjunction with and enhancing all other chosen exercise such as running, cycling, swimming, weight training etc
8.    Maintenance of the wellness state

7.    How is Huber a wellness based system?

Many practitioners and patients with short term plans and vision will treat and receive treatment (respectively) under symptomatic care.  This means that when the perception of pain decreases or subsides, clinical care ceases.  This cannot be further from the proper ethos of neuro-musculo-skeletal care and the wellness paradigm.  The Huber is Employed by Vital Life Centres treating practitioners to not only attain a level of measurable wellness, it importantly also allows the patient to challenge themselves to attain a higher level of function and state of well being.