Our office provides additional services in conjunction with chiropractic that specialize in resolving your individual problem. Supportive Services include:
- Electro-Muscle Stimulation (EMS)
- Intersegmental Traction
- Superficial Heat
- Massage Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Cold Laser
Electro-Muscle Stimulation (EMS)
Electro-Muscle Stimulation is a special form of electrical current that is administered at the site of soft tissue injury, especially muscles, for the blocking of pain. Electro-Muscle Stimulation has been used as an effective form of pain relief. It is recommended in cases in which pain is accompanied by swelling and inflammation.
Small amounts of electrical current are induced into the tissues for the purpose of reducing swelling. This widely used technique safely strengthens muscles and helps reduce painful symptoms. Patients generally feel a slight tingling sensation at first. Since your body may become accustomed to the initial setting, the intensity may be raised during the course of your 10-20 minute treatment, for maximum healing effect.
Intersegmental Traction is a way of inducing passive motion into the spine for the purpose of stretching spinal joints, increasing mobility. The patient lies face up on a bench table which has roller-type cams beneath its surface. These rollers can slowly travel the length of the spine, slowly stretching spinal joints.
Most patients find this form of treatment to be relaxing and very helpful. The gentle rolling action is restful, exercising the spine without effort. Since discs have a poor blood supply, they get nutrients from the circulation of fluids surrounding spinal joints. Intersegmental Traction helps increase and restore necessary elasticity and motion to the spine.
Ultrasound therapy speeds healing by reducing inflammation, relaxing muscle spasms and softening scar tissue from old injuries.
Cryotherapy is a term that describes the application of ice, cold towels, ice massage and compresses to reduce the temperature of tissues directly on or below the surface of the skin. Surface cooling constricts blood vessels, numbs painful areas, and helps relax muscle spasms. Cold temperatures reduce nerve transmission of painful symptoms and provide temporary relief.
Ice is most often used to manage acute injuries or recent eruptions of chronic conditions. Cooling affected tissues is effective in reducing and preventing posttraumatic swelling. Cryotherapy is inexpensive, readily available, and an easy way to reduce local swelling of inflamed tissues.
Hot packs, warm moist towels, heating pads, water bottles and infrared lamps are often used to help raise the temperature of soft tissues directly below the surface of the skin. Heat applied to the surface of the skin enlarges blood vessels below the surface, relaxing tissues and can temporarily relieve painful symptoms.
Increasing circulation and relaxing muscles is helpful before or after chiropractic adjustments, exercises or other treatments. Using heat to calm tissues suffering from long term spasm or irritation is an easy way to increase flexibility, range of motion, and promote increased circulation to speed the healing process.
Massage therapy can help conditions such as arthritis, neck and back pain, sprains/strains, headaches and other stress related conditions. Our patients have experienced the many benefits of massage therapy as it provides relief from pain, increases blood supply to the injured areas, decreases swelling, aids in muscular relaxation, decreases muscle adhesions, and promotes healing. We have several Licensed Massage Therapists on staff specializing in different techniques, one of which we are certain will fit your needs.
The latest and most advanced therapeutical options and diagnostic testing are used to restore a patient’s movement and function, reduce pain, and prevent re-injury.