Feeling good is every person’s goal. But every aspect of life – working, driving, studying, injuries, your diet, life events, etc. – causes stress to build up in your body. That stress creates disruptions in your nervous system and can lead to anything from minor aches and pains to significant injury or permanent degeneration. In other words, loss of function!
When muscles get stressed they tighten up, this leads to muscle spasms that can cause pain. When dealing with musculoskeletal pain you have to address not only the segmental dysfunction but also the muscular tissue. Using physical therapy we are able to begin the tissue repair process using passive modalities like electric muscle stimulation, ultrasound, moist heat, etc. As your muscles begin to relax, we move into the active rehab, in which we stretch and strenghten the muscles.
Physical therapy refers to the mechanical treatment of injury and disease through exercise, stretching, massage, heat, passive movement and other methodologies designated to help improve the function of bones, muscles, joints, and nerves. At Spinalworx, we offer full-service, in-house physical therapy as an integral part of many patient treatment programs promoting recovery and pain management. Our physical therapy options include:
Ultrasound – This relaxing and warming therapy uses high frequency sound waves to relieve muscular tension, spasm and inflammation. Its effective and soothing qualities make it one of our most popular healing therapies.
Massage – Our highly trained massage therapists work to help relax tight muscles, improve circulation to injured areas, and restore nerve function to inflamed or constricted tissues. Massage also helps prepare tense areas for healing spinal manipulation and adjustment.
Spinal Decompression Therapy – This passive, non-surgical treatment gently stretches compressed spinal bones to relive pressure on impacted vertebrae and discs that can cause pain and pinched nerves in the low back and/or neck. A SDT session can last as few as 20 minutes, yet provide relief from lumbar and cervical spine dysfunction, and alleviate referral pain through the legs (sciatica) or into the arm.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation – EMS therapy introduces gentle electrical impulses to tense, constricted or inflamed soft tissues to promote circulation, release spasm and encourage healing.
Stretching – Your doctor may incorporate passive stretching to help relieve muscle tension and spasm and to carefully introduce greater range of motion to constrained muscles and tendons. He may also prescribe at at-home series of stretching and strengthening exercises to improve your flexibility and help prevent further or recurrent injury.