Therapy Using Cold Laser Therapy and Other Effective Treatments
Electrical Muscle Stimulation
Electrical muscle stimulation uses low level electrical current delivered to irritated tissues to reduce pain and facilitate healing. Electrodes are placed on the skin in specific locations to recruit the appropriate muscles. Patients experience a mild “tingling” sensation while the impulses stimulate the body to release natural pain relievers called endorphins.
Contracting the muscle via electrical stimulation also helps strengthen the affected muscle and promotes blood supply to the area to help decrease inflammation and aid in healing. The setting of the current can be adjusted to the patient’s comfort level. This therapy is often used to treat acute or chronic pain, as well as strains or sprains of the muscles, joints, and soft tissues of the spine and extremities.
Ultrasound therapy used at our chiropractic office is a therapeutic procedure that utilizes sound waves to treat irritated muscles, joints and soft tissue. The sound waves are transmitted to the surrounding tissue and vasculature to penetrate the muscles. The result is deep tissue muscle warming. This process promotes tissue relaxation and is useful in treating tightness and spasms. The warming effect of the sound waves increases circulation to the injured area to facilitate healing and decrease inflammation. Sound waves also help stimulate cellular activity responsible for tissue repair. This relaxing treatment that helps diminish muscle spasms and works on those stubborn knots.
Cold Laser Therapy – or Level IV Laser
Cold laser, or low level light therapy (LLLT) is a newer therapy modality that is effective in relieving pain. It improves circulation, decreases swelling, reduces pain and speeds healing. Some symptoms/conditions that have improved with cold laser are:
- chronic pain
- acute pain
- disc herniations
- neck pain
- low back pain
- tennis elbow/lateral epicondylitis
- golfer’s elbow/medial epicondylitis
- carpal tunnel
- sports injuries
- sprains and strains
- post-surgical rehab
Laser therapy is painless. Some report feeling a slight warming sensation.
Laser therapies are safe because the power densities are low and do not cause a thermal reaction. There are no know side effects but there are a few contraindications. Dr.Moramarco will have taken a full health history so please let him know if you are taking taking certain medications, or are pregnant, or are being treated for cancer. Cold laser works at the cellular level to promote healing.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy focuses on stimulating and releasing “trigger points” in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle tissue rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These ‘knots’ are built up due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. Focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques in order to release the trigger points. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and transformative. Breaking up trigger points can help improve circulation thereby promoting faster healing.
Hydromassage is actually a dry whirlpool modality. The patient lies on a table while contained jets direct water toward the back. The intent is to alleviate pain, increase blood flow, aid in healing and to improve overall well being. This unit is an office favorite – patients have been know to fall asleep during this warm, relaxing healing treatment.
Traction has many benefits. It is an excellent way to reduce pressure on cervical (neck) or lumbar (lower back) discs. Traction effectively reduces joint and nerve pain, and pressure and inflammation, caused by bulging or herniated discs.
Ice is the therapy of choice for acute injuries. In fact, the application of ice over any irritated tissue is usually a good choice at any stage of injury. Ice works by constricting blood flow to the tissue, thereby reducing swelling, pain and spasms. It is very important to use ice correctly. It should be used for a maximum of 20 minutes and may be applied once each hour. Also, do not apply ice directly to the skin. Wrap the ice pack in a thin, damp towel or cloth before applying it to the injured area.
Heat is effective in treating more chronic conditions. Do not use heat in the first few days after an injury or when an old injury has been exacerbated – and never when experiencing swelling. Heat from a moist heating pad or a warm shower or bath is best. Heat can be applied for a 20 minutes once per hour.
At Home Care
We will prescribe a home care program based on your evaluation and findings to help facilitate healing.
Exercise rehabilitation in conjunction with chiropractic treatments is an effective way to speed the healing process when pain sets in or an injury occurs. As a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP), Dr. Moramarco is experienced at treating a wide variety of sports injuries.
Our Backsystems Three Unit is used for stretching. This simple and versatile machine increases lumbo pelvic range of motion and stretches the upper and lower back, shoulders, psoas, hamstrings, IT band, piriformis, gluteals, and quads.
Pneumex Unweighted Exercise System
Pneumex is an unweighted exercise program designed to address a variety of conditions and accomplish many goals. The Pneu-Back ProgramTM is used to treat anterior and posterior back problems including pain, injuries,sprains, herniations and sciatica, sports injuries and scoliosis. It focuses on getting “sleeping” or “lazy” muscles to fire. The goal is to promote healing and function. We also use this innovative equipment for gait analysis and training, and for scoliosis patients. The emphasis is on posture, flexibility,functional strength, and lifetime skills. The Pneu-Unweighting ProgramTM is designed to accommodate those with a variety of physical handicaps and is also for those patients with hip, knee, ankle and balance problems. The system was initially developed for sports injury rehab and sports overspeed training – Dr.Moramarco has helped rehab local NFL athletes on this system – it is that impressive.