As part of your therapy at Complete Spine and Wellness, we often use certain modalities such as ultrasound and electrical muscle stimulation along with the massage and chiropractic care to aid in the healing process of your injury.
Most patients are familiar with diagnostic ultrasonography or “ultrasound” which is used to discern problems deep in the body without breaking the surface of the skin, by bouncing and measuring high frequency sound waves to create audio “images”. Less common is the awareness of this remarkable technology as a therapeutic tool.
Therapeutic Ultrasound is one of the most common electrophysical modalities used by physicians in today’s technologically advanced nations, and has been for several decades. Its effectiveness has been enhanced over the years by studies which helped determine optimum techniques and patterns of application. A wide range of injuries have shown to be responsive to this popular, non‐invasive therapy. Treatment is administered directly which penetrates the tissues, increases blood flow, relaxes muscle spasms, repairs damaged tissue, and dramatically speeds the healing process. Ultrasound treatment is used to:
- Relieve Pain and Inflammation
- Speed Healing
- Reduce Muscle Spasms
- Repair of Soft Tissue
When dealing with acute, subacute and chronic pain, electrical stimulation is not the first solution that comes to mind for many sufferers. Instead, it is very common for people to ignore reoccurring back, neck, and joint discomfort for years and temporarily alleviate symptoms with analgesic medications without seeing a chiropractor.
Studies of analgesic medications reveal that these drugs do lessen the pain but they do not treat the source of the problem. Over time as the body develops a tolerance to painkillers, higher doses are required for relief. This means more physical dependence on medication, more side effects, and more toxins that the body has to combat as it tries to heal itself.
Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) used in rehabilitation as a natural pain reliever. It is used to reduce muscle spasms, reduce pain and swelling, strengthens muscle tone, increases cellular metabolism to speed up the healing process and strengthen muscles. Electric muscle stimulation mimics the body’s nervous system by sending safe, low frequency electrical pulses to the affected area, causing the muscle to contract and increasing temperature and blood circulation. The same natural process of the body to repair injuries works with EMS to relieve other common nervous system disorders, including constant headaches, numbness of limbs, and back pain. By utilizing and encouraging the body’s natural healing mechanisms, EMS and similar therapies can drastically reduce the dependence on medications and unnecessary surgeries and resolve the symptoms of underlying causes much quicker. Electrical muscle stimulation is used to:
- Prevent Pain
- Decrease Inflammation
- Decrease Muscle Atrophy
- Increase Circulation
- Muscle Re-education
- Increase Range of Motion