Electrical Muscle Stimulation
Electrical muscle stimulation is an electrical current that affects the myo-neural junction- or the area the nerve goes into the muscle. As the electrical current is increased there will be an involuntary contraction of the muscular area being treated. This will exercise and thereby strengthen the muscle without injuring it. The area of involvement will then heal stronger and will be much more stable.
Diathermy is the generation of heat in the body tissues due to the resistance offered by the tissues to the passage of high frequency radio waves. The objective of diathermy treatment is to cause the opening of blood vessels which allows for more nutrient flow into the muscle or organ. The increased blood flow brings about a relaxation of the muscles and ultimate pain relief. The heat penetrates to the bone and heats from the inside out producing a much more effective deeper heat.
Intersegmental traction is used to improve mobility and circulation in the joints of the spine. In spinal injuries or mechanical problems of the spine, the articulation or joints of the spine lose their mobility. Traction stretches the joint, causing a suction which helps the pliability or flexibility of the intervertebral disc. Traction also opens up the joint articulations and increases the circulation flow in the spine.
Moist heat will serve to aid your nerve energy. The effects of hot packs are fivefold:
- They produce a local increase in the blood flow by dilating the capillaries.
- The decrease the pulse rate, blood pressure, and respiration thereby bringing on a more relaxed state.
- They decrease the activity of muscle spasms and nerve excitability.
- They produce a relaxing, soothing effect on the locality of the involved area and the body in general.
- They increase the rate of tissue metabolism.
Cryotherapy is a noninvasive exposure to cold temperatures to decrease inflammation, increase cellular survival and decrease pain and spasms. This option helps people with faster muscle recovery and serves as chronic pain management.
Cervical traction is done by a gentle intermittent pull of the neck. Cervical traction gently extends the neck , opening the spaces between the cervical vertebrae allowing blood to flow properly and to help alleviate pressure
Contact our chiropractic team today with any questions you have about our different therapies.