Therapies

In addition to our traditional chiropractic treatment, we utilize many other modalities to help restore function through hands-on care. These modalities help decrease pain, return strength and increase range of motion. This allows a return to an active and unrestricted life full of purpose and free from pain. A few of the modalities we utilize in our clinic include:

 

  • Ultrasound

  • Electrical Muscle Stimulation

  • Cryotherapy 

  • Heat Therapy

Ultrasound

Ultrasound therapy utilizes high/low frequency sound waves that will penetrate deep into the targeted tissues. It causes a warming and relaxation effect which helps with muscle stiffness and spasm, while minimizing scar tissue. Through higher frequency waves, the machine promotes vessel vasodilatation (enlargement) to increase circulation and assist in healing. At lower frequencies, the machine will help decrease tissue inflammation.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Electrical stimulation helps decrease muscle spasm. It also increases muscle strength and blood supply in the targeted area. This allows oxygen and nutrients to be delivered to the area for tissue healing. In addition, waste products are removed from the injured site.

 
Electric Stimulation for Pain Management

Electrodes are placed on the skin and cause the stimulation of nerves in the affected area. Electric stimulation is used to relieve pain associated with a variety of conditions. Electric stimulation is not painful and can be effective in increasing blood flow to the affected area. By increasing circulation and therefore removing metabolic toxins in surrounding muscles which contribute to pain, electric stimulation aids in pain control by creating sedation and therefore an analgesic effect. Electric stimulation promotes tissue healing and increased mobility by addressing and reducing muscular hypertonicity, trigger points and muscle spasm.

 

Electric Stimulation Benefits
  • Helps reduce pain and swelling

  • Promotes the healing process

  • Promotes muscle tone

Heat therapy for Pain

Placing a hot moist pack over the skin causes temporary enlargement of the blood vessels under the skin. This allows oxygen and nutrients to rush to the area to help it heal. Cellular waste will leave the area more efficiently as well. The heat allows for relaxation of the muscular tissue in the region.

It is important to note that moist heat is more effective than dry heat for relief of back pain. The moist hot pack should be used for 10 to 15 minutes at a time several times throughout the day.

 

 

Heat Therapy Benefits
  • The increased flow of oxygen helps soothe pain.

  • Relaxes tight musculature.

  • Can help speed the healing process.

 

 
Cryotherapy for Pain

Cryotherapy means cold therapy. Ice and gel packs remain one of the simplest, yet time tested methods for managing pain and swelling. The Greek physician Hippocrates was the first to write about the benefits of ice (and snow) thousands of years ago.

Cryotherapy can be used for:

 

  • Tendonitis

  • Sprains

  • Arthritis

  • Pain / swelling after hip replacement

  • Low back pain

  • Neck Pain

  • Joint Pain

 

Cold Therapy Benefits
  • Numbs the area to reduce pain.

  • Decreases muscle spasms and tight muscles

  • Reduces inflammation and swelling