Explanation of Therapies
The treatments offered may be a combination
of several of the therapies mentioned below. As your injury heals, it may
shift the care of your condition from ice to heat or from one modality to
another. The reason being is that each day you are healing, the condition
you have changes, and may require different therapies to assist you in the
process. If you should have any questions, please feel free to ask the
doctor. It is advised to follow a regular treatment plan prescribed by the
doctor. Also, these therapies are designed to be used in conjunction with
regular chiropractic care to assist you in healing in an effective manner.
The chiropractic adjustment is a corrective manipulation done by the hands
to move vertebral bones back into proper alignment. This takes the pressure
off of pinched nerves and sublaxations. The purpose of a chiropractic
adjustment is to assist the body in healing itself, to remove the cause of
nerve interference within the spinal column. Chiropractic adjustments are a
necessary part of your treatment. This allows the body to maintain healthy
communication and reduce some of the symptoms which you are having.
This table is designed to relieve joint fixations, reduce muscle spasms and
help realign disc conditions which may be interfering with your lower back.
The effects are accomplished by flexing and exercising the spine thereby
gradually stretching muscles, ligaments and tendons and realigning the discs
in their normal position.
Hot moist packs are used to raise the temperature of soft tissues directly
below the surface of the skin. This enlarges blood vessels below the
surface relaxing tissues and can temporarily relieve painful symptoms.
Increasing circulation and relaxing the muscles is helpful before a
chiropractic adjustment or exercise. The purpose of this is to increase
flexibility, range of motion and circulation in the tissues.
and cold are used to constrict blood vessels, numb painful areas and help
relax muscle spasms. Cold temperatures reduce the nerve pain associated
transmissions which occur due to injury. The purpose of using ice is to
reduce post-traumatic swelling.
Ultrasound is a sound wave which is carried through the skin into the muscle
tissues creating vibrations and sometimes heat. This is used to disperse
unhealthy calcium and decrease inflammation which is occurring within the
tissues. During ultrasound, you will most likely feel nothing, being that
it is a sound wave and cannot be felt in the body. The reason we chose to
use ultrasound was to increase the healing time within your injury and
Interferential current therapy is used to assist the body in decreasing the
pain that is felt. Interferential is an electric modality which helps
secrete pain-controlling chemicals and helps the muscles relax.
Interferential can assist in muscle relaxation, decreasing spasms and
reducing pain as well as increasing circulation. Interferential therapy can
feel like a buzzing or tingling sensation within the skin. Your physician
will set up a program using interferential therapy to help with your