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CPW Health Center (CPW) is dedicated to providing high quality patient care utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to treating patients with disabilities resulting from disease, injuries or congenital disorders to improve overall quality of life. We stri...
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Cindy Binkley, RKT
Cindy Binkley, RKT
Employee Listing | Central Park West Rehabilitation Center, Toledo, Ohio (419) 841-9622
Cindy Binkley, RKT, Administrator
Cindy Binkley, RKT Administrator
NOGA: Northwest Ohio Gerontological Association
Cindy Binkley 2011-2012
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The Mirror Newspaper
While the source of the pain may vary - trauma or injury, herniated disc, spinal stenosis, osteoporosis or arthritis - its effect can be detrimental, said Cindy Binkley, administrator at Central Park West Rehabilitation Center, or CPW Rehab.
"It can limit daily living, which means it can affect the ability to go to work, perform hobbies or maintain relationships," she said.
Of the approximately 1,200 patients treated at CPW in 2010, 48 percent received therapy services for back and neck pain, she said.
"The root problem for the pain is usually the wear and tear from poor posture or poor body mechanics - those are the biggest things to set people up to have problems," Binkley said.
Those problems can lead to bone rubbing on bone or an impinged nerve, which causes the pain, she said.
In addition to a wide range of aquatic and land-based therapy services offered since 1987, CPW recently added spinal decompression therapy, a new and less invasive way to treat back and neck pain.
With spinal decompression therapy, an individual lies on a specially designed table where a harness and traction motor deliver a gentle stretch to the affected area, Binkley explained.
"With this therapy we are separating the vertebrae by pulling them apart slightly, allowing for the disc, if it is protruded into the nerve, to settle back into place," she said.
In addition, the stretching also allows a damaged disc to receive much-needed nutrients and blood, which aid the healing process, she said.
The total treatment time is usually less than 18 minutes, and some patients report feeling immediate relief, she said.
"Some people report improvement the very first day, but results don't usually happen immediately.
It takes time - for most people it's 12 treatments," she said.
In addition, Binkley said that it is essential to undergo core strengthening work in conjunction with the spinal decompression therapy.
Such work may begin with aquatic therapy, then eventually progress to clinic or land-based therapies such as the McKenzie protocol, manual therapy, electrical stimulation and ultrasound.
"The stabilization of the structure and muscles through core strengthening work is important.
You really have to have both because once you get everything realigned, you want it to stay in place," she said.