Ice and Heat Therapy
Ice and heat have long been used to treat many painful conditions. Ice therapy is often used to reduce swelling and help control pain immediately after an injury. Heat therapy is used to relax the muscles, increase circulation, and can provide relief to patients with chronic pain. Depending on the patient’s condition, a combination of ice and heat can be used.
The Ultrasound machines by utilizing high or low frequency sound waves that will penetrate deep into the targeted tissues and muscles to cause warming and relaxation effect to help relaxed muscle stiffness, spasm and minimizing scar tissue formation. Through higher frequency of sound waves, the machine promotes vessel vasodilatation (enlargement) to increase circulation and assist healing. In lower frequencies, the machine will help decrease tissue inflammation.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation
Electrical stimulation machine helps with increase muscle strength, decrease muscle spasm, and promotes blood supply to the targeted area to promote healing. This allows oxygen and nutrients to be delivered to the area for tissue healing, as well as the removal of waste products from the injured site.
Chiropractors commonly prescribe specific strengthening exercises for their patients with back, neck, and extremity problems. These exercises can decrease pain, prevent muscle deterioration, promote joint health, increase strength, stability and range of motion, and protect against new or recurring injuries.
Your chiropractor will show you how to do the exercises and supervise you until you are comfortable doing them on your own. It’s important to keep up with your exercises as prescribed (similarly to drug prescriptions). Studies show that individuals who follow their exercise instructions heal faster than those who do not.
This technique uses the body’s proprioceptive system to facilitate or inhibit muscle contraction.
Who Performs Spinal Manipulation?
Chiropractors perform the majority of spinal manipulations in the US, followed by physical therapists, osteopathic physicians, and medical doctors.
What is the Goal of Spinal Manipulation?
The goal of spinal manipulation is to reduce pain in and restore function to mechanical disorders of the spinal column.
Your chiropractor is trained in this highly-specialized form of manual therapy and can determine if your condition is suitable for this type of treatment. Spinal manipulation has been shown to be most effective when coupled with active treatments, such as stretching and exercise, as well as lifestyle modifications.