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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Cold Laser Therapy
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?
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
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
Better muscle tone
Stimulates release of natural pain reducers
Healing Process Acceleration
uses a very small electrical current to help heal soft tissues and relieve
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
Does Microcurrent Therapy Feel?
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.
Do We Use Microcurrent 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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.