Physiological Therapeutics

In addition to the chiropractic adjustment, we offer the following therapies which aid us in treating injured muscles, joints and soft tissues.

Ultrasound
This treatment should not be confused with diagnostic ultrasound, often used in prenatal screening, but is instead a therapeutic procedure that utilizes sound waves for relief of pain and muscle spams. The sound waves vibrate the tissues back and forth, creating a deep, micro-massage effect. In the case of a recent injury, this helps to decrease scar tissue and adhesion formation, which would otherwise interfere with the body’s healing process. The sound waves also decrease inflammation by destroying unwanted inflammatory cells. The sound waves also accelerate healing by stimulating the activity of the cells responsible for cellular and tissue repair. In chronic cases, special settings are used to create a deep-heating effect, heating the tissues far below the skin’s surface. This heat, along with the vibrations that are caused by the ultrasound, help to “melt away” the muscle spasms and “knots” felt in our muscles.
break down and disperse unhealthy calcium and other hard tissue accumulations.

Interferential Electro-Therapy
Interferential Electro-Therapy uses small amounts of electrical impulses that are introduced into the tissues in the vicinity of the injury. Where these waves intersect below the surface of the skin, a low-frequency stimulation is created. This prompts the body to secrete endorphins and other natural painkillers to help relieve pain.

Most patients find Interferential Electro-Therapy to be extremely beneficial and describe the treatment as a faint “pins and needles” sensation. Interferential Electro-Therapy is most often used for pain relief and to aid in reducing the swelling of soft tissues. Ligament sprains, muscle strains and spasms often respond to this treatment, helping to reduce atrophy and increase blood circulation.

Therapeutic Exercise
Initially, we teach our patients spinal exercises to help stretch the involved muscles. As they progress, we then review strengthening exercises to help stabilize their spine. At home therapeutic exercises enhance the treatment process and helps maintain healing benefits, as well as reducing the likelihood of future problems