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Our patients benefit in several ways when massage therapy is combined with chiropractic treatment. These treatment modalities work together synergistically, resulting in an accelerated healing time.
Chiropractic treatments often occur with greater ease and less discomfort when preceded by massage therapy. The results of your chiropractic treatment will be longer lasting when muscle tension, that may otherwise cause misalignment is reduced, causing your chiropractic alignment to remain aligned for a longer time period. Consequently, it is evident that therapeutic massage and chiropractic treatment complement one another very well.
Therapeutic massage and chiropractic adjustment are very compatible treatment modalities with the goal of restoring the complete well-being of our patients. Both forms of treatment use drug-free, non-invasive, hands-on methods. They can both be used for restorative, as well as preventive treatment. Their combined use can help you to achieve and maintain your optimal health.
Ultrasound therapy is useful for minimizing movement dysfunction and muscle pain. High frequency sound waves that are undetectable by the human ear are used to deliver heat to the tissues being treated. These treatments can help reduce swelling, stiffness and pain. They can also result in increased circulation and promote movement with less pain.
Ultrasound therapy is sometimes used alone, but often it is used concomitantly with therapeutic massage and chiropractic manipulations. Ultrasound is pain free and many of our patients find it very relaxing.
When you receive an ultrasound treatment, the area of your body that is to be treated will be exposed. There will be a conduction gel placed on your skin. The device used for ultrasound, which is a relatively small unit that is similar in size to an average computer mouse, will be placed on your skin, and the treatment will be delivered. At the completion of your treatment, the gel is cleaned off.
Your chiropractor may assist you in stretching your joints following treatment. Passive and then active range of motion exercises may be used. Gentle chiropractic manipulation or therapeutic massage are often more effective after ultrasound therapy.
Cold Laser Therapy
Cold Laser therapy uses light with a specific wavelength to treat tissue. It is helpful in accelerating the rate of healing. It is useful on patients with a variety of chronic and acute conditions in order to decrease pain, spasms, and swelling and to improve functionality.
How Do Cold Lasers Work?
Cold laser therapy is administered with a handheld device that is used by your chiropractor. The laser is directed to the area of your body that’s injured for a short period of time that doesn’t exceed several minutes. The amount of time it is used is related to the dose provided and the size of the area being treated.
The laser emits light photons that pass through the layers of skin and penetrate to a depth of up to 5 cm. Upon penetration, the light energy interacts with parts of muscle tissue that are light sensitive.
When the light waves are absorbed by body cells a series of events occur that help normalize injured or damaged tissue. Pain, edema, and inflammation are reduced and healing time is decreased.
When the cold laser waves react with body tissue, the permeability of the cell membranes is altered and the energy is absorbed by the cell's mitochondria, creating the helpful changes shown below:
- Faster cell growth
- Quicker wound healing
- Increased metabolic rate resulting in great immune response and more blood and oxygen to cells.
- Reduced inflammation
- Increased circulation of blood and body fluids
- Increased nerve function. The nerve cell connection process will be faster.
This is a treatment modality that’s used for pain relief and the promotion of tissue healing. Very small electrical impulses are applied to the area of the injury. The impulses penetrate the skin and enter the tissues beneath, resulting in low frequency tissue stimulation. This causes the body to release natural pain relieving compounds such as endorphins, that will alleviate pain.
The majority of our patients find this treatment to be helpful. Most patients experience a mild sensation described as “pins and needles” when receiving this treatment. Interferential electro-therapy is normally used to reduce swelling and pain. It is helpful for muscle strains, sprains and spams and it helps to increase blood flow and reduce atrophy.
- Pain reduction
- Reduced swelling
- Better muscle tone
- Stimulates release of natural pain reducers
- Healing Process Acceleration
This therapy uses a very small electrical current to help heal soft tissues and relieve pain.
How Does It Work?
Injury to a body part will disrupt electrical activity in the affected area. Microcurrent therapy generates electrical impulses that mimic those that occur naturally within the body when it’s repairing tissue that has been damaged. The application of microcurrents accelerates the healing process
How Does Microcurrent Therapy Feel?
The current used in this therapy is quite small, so patients rarely feel it. Nevertheless, the gel or moistened electrodes that are used for current conduction will feel cool to the touch when applied.
Why Do We Use Microcurrent Therapy?
This therapy is frequently used in cases involving muscle spasm or inflamed soft tissue. Microcurrent therapy simulates the body’s own electrical impulses and it is helpful in stimulating healing and pain relief.
Microcurrent Therapy Benefits
- Accelerates Healing Process
- Reduce Inflammation and Swelling
- Reduces chronic and acute pain
- Promotes tissue regeneration
- Simulates natural electrical impulses to promote healing
We use electro-muscle stimulation to relieve neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, headaches and extremity pain. This therapy uses a mild electrical current to simulate muscles. Electrodes are placed on the skin of the appropriate parts of the affected area. The therapy starts with a low-level setting and is slowly increased until a level is reached that the patient is comfortable with.
This relaxing therapy will be maintained for ten minutes or more, depending upon the recommendation of your chiropractor. At times ice packs are placed over the electrodes as well, to further reduce pain and swelling.
This therapy causes tense muscles to relax and reduces swelling. This reduction in inflammation will also result in decreased pain in the affected area. After several visits your muscle and nerve inflammation will be greatly reduced or gone completely, along with the concomitant pain.
Trigger Point Therapy
Pain caused by trigger points is a problem that affects many people. The pain occurs when a muscle forms a tight knot. This can be a disabling pain, since it doesn’t remain in a single body part, or a single muscle. It spreads and can create symptoms such as burning, tingling, and numbness in several regions of the body. The most common places that have trigger points are the back, shoulder, hips, and neck, but pain may be felt in extremities resulting from these muscle knots.
With trigger point therapy, these muscle knots are massaged using cycles of pressure and release of pressure. Quite often, this therapy can result in pain and discomfort. Nevertheless, most of our patients feel that the long-term benefit outweighs the short-term discomfort that is felt.
If these trigger points are left untreated they will often get tighter and have an adverse effect upon posture and comfort levels. Additionally, trigger points can lead to radiating pain that is more severe, migraine headaches, and other health issues.
The benefit of trigger point therapy, in comparison to other types of pain treatment, is that it is specifically tailored to each patient and the site of their pain. Other forms of massage therapy are less specific.