At Onion River Chiropractic we offer a wide range of Physiotherapies to help our patients achieve optimal health and wellness.
Interferential/Electric Muscle Stimulation
Interferential/Electric Muscle Stimulation works by sending small amounts of electrical current stimulation to the region where the pads are applied. A patient will initially feel a subtle buzz at the start of the therapy that turns into a pulsating massage sensation. The therapy helps the body heal by increasing blood flow including hormone and endorphin production to the region. This encourages and supports the body’s natural healing process and overall, reduces the healing time. Interferential muscle stimulation is used to help reduce muscle pain and spasms, treat arthritis, stiff joints, inflammation, and edema in the neck, mid-back, low back, and extremities.
Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves to produce vibrations. These vibrations create heat which penetrates deep into the muscle tissues and helps relax the muscle, increase blood flow, reduce inflammation, and speed up the healing process. Ultrasound is commonly used to treat shoulder pain, bursitis, chronic pain, tendonitis, muscle strains, and ligament strains.
Cold Laser therapy is a non-invasive technique that helps decrease pain, decrease inflammation, promote tissue regeneration, improve range of motion, decrease fibrous/scar tissue, and accelerate injury recovery time. Cold laser therapy is commonly used to treat muscle strains, ligament sprains, tendonitis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, shoulder adhesive capsulitis, IT band syndrome, shoulder impingement and rotator cuff tendonitis, TMJ pain, and disk herniations. For a more in-depth explanation for how cold laser therapy works, please check out our Laser section for more information.
Hot packs are used to help relax painful and tight muscles. They work by increasing blood flow to the region which helps speed up the healing process. The increased blood flow brings oxygen and nutrients to the region that is being treated. Heat also decreases muscle spasms and increases range of motion in a joint. Heat is commonly used to treat muscle tightness/spasms, stiff joints, and chronic pain. We commonly apply heat before spinal manipulation to relax the region being adjusted.
Cold packs are typically applied to acute/recent injuries. Swelling is associated with acute injuries. Cold packs slow down the blood flow to an injured site which leads to decreased swelling/inflammation. Cold packs are commonly applied to swollen/inflamed regions, muscle strains, ligament sprains, and bruises.