PHYSICAL THERAPY + Pain Relief
Physiotherapy is a natural method of treating and preventing injury and disease. Its goals are to help alleviate pain; restore normal movement patterns; and return the body to a state of equilibrium without chemical intervention. Utilized by the medical and chiropractic communities, physiotherapy helps maximize functional movement by using a variety of hands-on treatments and exercises. Physiotherapy has widespread applications. It can help patients gain strength and flexibility, reduce pain, and promote greater independence.
Ice and Heat Therapy - Ice therapy is often used to reduce swelling and help control pain immediately after an injury. Heat therapy is used to relax the muscles, increase circulation and provide relief to patients with chronic pain. Depending on the patient's condition, a combination can be used.
Muscle Stimulation - Electrical muscle stimulation is a non-invasive procedure that uses light electrical pulses that are transmitted to specific areas of the body, usually through electrodes placed on the skin. There are many different types of electrical stimulation. Some are more beneficial for pain relief or to reduce inflammation, some for muscle spasm, and some actually cause muscles to contract and can be used to reduce muscle atrophy. Some have combination effects. Some examples of muscle stimulation include interferential current, low-volt and high-volt direct current.
To help control pain at home, a TENS (transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation) unit can be used. It is a small, battery-powered, portable muscle stimulation machine. This treatment is recommended to help patients get through periods of severe (acute) pain.
Ultrasound - Therapeutic ultrasound is a form of deep heat therapy created by sound waves. When applied to soft tissues and joints, the sound waves are a form of micro-massage that help reduce swelling, increase blood flow, relax muscle spasms, repair damaged tissue, and speed the healing process. Pain, stiffness, and spasms are decreased and range of motion is increased. It assists in the repair of both hard and soft tissues and can be used to break up scar tissue, adhesions and reduce nerve root irritation.
Axial Traction - Axial traction uses longitudinal tensile force to stretch soft tissues and/or separate the joint surfaces. Specific traction therapies include spinal decompression therapy, flexion/distraction and mechanical or manual traction. Axial traction is utilized to remove compression or irritation of nerve roots, increase range of motion, decrease muscle spasm and relieve joint pain.
Spinal Manipulation - The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by the use of hands, which are applied as a controlled force into joints that have restricted movement (usually as a result of a tissue injury). Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and decreased function. The manipulation of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, alleviates pain and muscle tightness, and allows tissues to heal.
In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Rehabilitation Exercises - Successfully reaching long-term goals means incorporating a good rehabilitation and prevention program into patient's lifestyles. Exercise programs promote health and fitness which improve the quality of peoples lives. Whether patients come to us with knee injuries or low back pain, we are fully equipped to help heal patients quickly and properly.