Chiropractic Manipulation Technique
According to the American Chiropractic Association, “Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. Research has proven chiropractic to be both effective and cost-effective.
The services provided by doctors of chiropractic (DCs)—which may include spinal adjustments or manipulation, rehabilitation, exercises, nutrition recommendations and ergonomic and lifestyle suggestions—can in some cases provide a healthy, natural alternative to mainstream drugs and surgery…or complement and enhance care from your medical provider.”
Hands on Myofascial Release: Active Release Technique (ART®)
This technique combines active stretches with stripping massage to reduce muscular adhesions (“knots”) and to reduce swelling, inflammation and soreness. ART minimizes recovery time and maximizes function after an injury.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization:Graston Technique ®/RockBlades
These innovative forms of soft tissue mobilization utilizes specifically designed metal instruments to assist in treating soft tissue injuries. These techniques enable clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and release fascial restrictions that develop between muscles.
Kinesio Taping ® / RockTape
These rehabilitative taping methods have been developed to provide bio-mechanical support while maintaining full range of motion. These methods also re-educate the neuromuscular system, enhance performance, prevent injury, and aid injury recovery.
Ultra Sound Therapy
Ultra sound is a treatment modality that utilize high or low frequency sound waves. These sound waves are transmitted to the surrounding tissue at a depth set by the Doctor. These sound waves penetrate the muscles to cause warming of muscles/tissues via the friction effect generated through vibration of the sound waves. This helps to promote tissue relaxation and is useful in treating muscle tightness and spasms. The therapist can also adjust the machine to use waves that will decrease inflammation. Ultrasound can change the rate of exchange between cells and thereby enhancing the transfer of fluids and nutrients to the cell, allowing faster healing.
Electric Muscle Stimulation
Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS) is another effective physiotherapy tool. It uses a mid-frequency current for treating muscular spasms and strains. The current produces a massaging effect over the affected area, and this stimulates the secretion of endorphins – “the body’s natural pain relievers”. This relaxes the strained muscles and promotes soft tissue healing. EMS also creates small muscle contractions, which help bring blood flow to the area and with it oxygen, which allows muscles that are in spasm to become relaxed.
Hot packs are used in physiotherapy in order to cause vasodilation to allow more oxygen to be brought to the area of spasm, creating a relaxation effect on muscles. Cold packs are utilized in order to cause vasoconstriction to stop the influx of inflammatory chemicals to the affected area, decreasing inflammation and edema.
Exercises and Rehabilitation
Exercises and rehabilitation specifically tailored to the individual patient’s condition are demonstrated in order to speed healing and strengthen/stretch involved areas.
Studies on chronic pain have showed that deep brain stimulation at frequencies of approximately 30 Hz can produce analgesic effects. The TheraGun’s reciprocating motion runs at a higher frequency (35-40 Hz) than chronic pain (25-30 Hz) with an amplitude of ½ inch. The nervous system’s hierarchy is programmed to pay attention to the higher frequency stimulus over the pain stimulus. This is important because the TheraGun’s vibration and amplitude on the body send signals to the brain faster than pain signals can travel. This high frequency vibration actually overrides pain signals. Therefore, for a period of time, pain is significantly decreased.