Q: What is Ultrasound?
A: It is a therapeutic treatment using high-frequency sound waves administered in the region of soft tissue injuries.
Q: How does Ultrasound work?
A: Sound vibrations, as fast as a million times per second, penetrate the tissues deep in the body, creating a heat response. These vibrations and heat help break down and disperse unhealthy calcium and other hard tissue accumulations.
Q: What does Ultrasound feel like?
A: The gel used to conduct the sound waves is at room temperature and may momentarily feel cool to the skin when it is initially applied. Most patients feel nothing, or a pleasant and relaxing sensation below the surface of the skin.
Q: Why is Ultrasound used?
A: Ultrasound treatment can usually be administered directly to the area of complaint, penetrating deep into the body. The rise in temperature, increases blood flow, relaxes muscle spasms, massages damaged tissues, and speeds the healing process.
Interferential Electro-Therapy (Electrical Stimulation)
Q: What is Interferential Electro-Therapy?
A: It is a therapeutic treatment to aid in the relief of pain and the promotion of soft tissue healing.
Q: How does Interferential Electro-Therapy work?
A: Tiny amounts of electrical impulses are induced 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 pain killers to help relieve pain.
Q: What does Interferential Electro-Therapy feel like?
A: Most patients find Interferential Electro-Therapy to be extremely beneficial and describe the treatment as a faint "pins and needles" sensation.
Q: Why is Interferential Electro-Therapy used?
A: 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.
Q: What is Intersegmental Traction?
A: It is a way of inducing passive motion into the spine for the purpose of stretching spinal joints, increasing mobility.
Q: How does Intersegmental Traction work?
A: 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, stretching spinal joints.
Q: What does Intersegmental Traction feel like?
A: Most patients find this form of treatment to be relaxing and very helpful. The gentle rolling action is restful, exercising the spine without effort.
Q: Why is Intersegmental Traction used?
A: Since discs have a poor blood supply, they get nutrients from the circulation of fluids surrounding spinal joints. Fixations prevent this natural circulation and can cause disc thinning and degeneration. Intersegmental traction helps increase and restore necessary elasticity and motion to the spine.
Diathermy utilizes high frequency currents to heat the body tissue. It should produce a mild comfortable sensation of warmth and not a sensation of heat. Hydrocollator packs offer a convenient form of moist heat.
Increased blood circulation - This is a very simple concept that can have multiple and far-reaching benefits. Many health problems are reduced or even eliminated over time by providing proper blood circulation to the affected area. Other health problems can be reduced by stimulating extra blood circulation to the area.
Stress relief - Many physical ailments are caused or worsened by stress. Therapeutic heat provides extraordinary stress relief.
Stimulating pressure points with moist heat triggers the release of endorphins, which are neurochemicals that relieve pain. As a result, pain is blocked and the flow of blood and oxygen to the affected area is increased. This causes the muscles to relax and promotes healing.
Q:What is a Cryotherapy?
A: 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.
Q: How does Cryotherapy work?
A: 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.
Q: What does Cryotherapy feel like?
A: 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. Local cooling should be applied several times a day during the initial stages of an injury.
Q: Why is Cryotherapy used?
A: Cryotherapy is inexpensive, readily available, and an easy way to reduce local swelling of inflamed tissues.