Spinal Decompression is the new terminology for spinal traction. Traction is a technique that is used to apply gentle forces to separate the joint surfaces of the spine. Traction can be done manually or using a mechanical device. This form of therapy is used to alleviate nerve root compression within the spine giving relief from pain in the lower back, legs, neck and arms depending on the area of compression. Some of the conditions that cause these symptoms include disc herniations, protruding/ bulging discs, sciatica, radiculopathy and spinal stenosis.
Ultrasound therapy uses high frequency sound wave which causes vibrations within the tissues. This type of energy turns into heat energy to speed the healing process. This painless form of therapy is used to treat tendonitis, strains/sprains of ligments and muscles, joint capsule adhesions, bursitis, contusions and restricted/painful tissues caused by inflammation and scar tissue.
TENS (Transcutanous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) uses electrical current applied directly to the skin through electrode pads. TENS is used as a form of both acute and chronic pain control in order to block pain signals to the brain and stimulate the production of the bodies natural pain killers (endorphins).
IFC (Interferential Current) is very similar to the TENS machine in that it ransmits electrical currents as well but does so at a much higher concentration and frequency. This allows the transmission to penetrate deeper into tissues. IFC is used to reduce acute and chronic pain, reduce inflammation, improve circulation and relax muscles.
EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) is used to create muscle contractions using electrical impulses. The impulses are delivered using electrode pads. EMS may be used to help decrease muscles spasm and atrophy (muscle wasting), improve flexibility and increase blood flow.
Vestibular Rehabilitation is used to treat dizziness, vertigo, imbalance. The therapist assess the cause for the symptoms and will tailor a treatment approach based on the diagnosis. Treatment options may include repositioning manoeuvres applied by the therapist, balance retraining or specific vestibular exercises.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a very gentle rhythmical massage technique that encourages stimulation of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system plays a vital role in regulating the immune system which protects against infections. When the lymphatic pathways are congested or blocked with a build up of fluid, swelling and edema occur resulting in a condition known as lymphedema. Lymphatic drainage encourages a natural flow of the fluid.
Myofascial Release is a hands-on technique involving manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for both acute and chronic injuries. Fascia is a strong connective tissue that protects and supports most structures in the body. When inflammation occurs due to injuries, poor posture, overuse etc, muscles and the fascia can become adhesed (stuck together) and can result in pain, decreased blood flow and restricted movement.
Flexion-Distraction Therapy is a variation of conventional traction that has been shown to significantly improve low back function ranging from a variety of disc conditions to chronic strains. The practitioner can sense tissue and joint end-feel which helps target the affect injuries efficiently.
Active Release Technique (ART) is a specific techniques used to resolve restrictions within the soft tissues. Precisely directed tensions ar combined with active movement patterns to release adhesions and or scar tissues to restore movement and relieve pain
Graston Technique uses a series of manual instruments to allow for deeper more sensitive palpation in order to isolate the areas of adhesions and restrictions. Using specific techniques, the stainless steel tools are manually applied to resolve impairments.
Acupuncture is a method by which single use sterilized needles are inserted into specific points throughout the body. This stimulates the body to produce its own pain relievers (endorphins) to block the pain pathways to the brain resulting in pain relief, general relaxation of the involved muscle groups and tissue healing. Acupuncture has been proven to be effective in the treatment of tendonitis, back pain, headaches, frozen shoulder, muscle spasms, arthritis and many other acute and chronic pain syndrome.
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