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What Are Therapeutic Modalities?

Therapeutic modality refers to tools that your Chiropractor or Physical Therapist may apply to an area of injury to aid in the healing process by decreasing pain, swelling, or lessening muscle spasms.

Electrical Stimulation

Electrical muscle stimulation therapy is the utilization of electrical current to stimulate muscles, non-excitable tissues, and nerve cells. Electrotherapy helps to reduce spastic muscles, prevent atrophy, re-educate muscles, decrease pain, clear wastes from tissues, promote bone growth, and reduce edema. Electrotherapy can be used for many conditions including acute pain, chronic pain, and muscle tightness/spasm while also increasing cellular metabolism.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves that penetrate deep into the soft tissues to facilitate and increase the body’s natural healing process. Ultrasound is beneficial for many conditions and helps to reduce edema, pain, and muscle tightness/spasm while also increasing cellular metabolism.

Cold Laser

Cold laser therapy is a low-level laser therapy treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissues to accelerate the body’s natural healing processes. The laser is placed directly over the injured area as the non-thermal photons of light are emitted and pass through all the skin layers and into deeper tissues. The light energy is absorbed and interacts on a cellular level to help normalize injured or damaged tissues, reduce pain, reduce inflammation, and overall accelerate the healing process and cellular metabolism.

PEMF

PEMF, also known as Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy, goes deep into the body’s cells to address cellular dysfunction and helps the body’s natural healing and regulating abilities. Much like the earth having an electromagnetic field, our brains use electromagnetic signals to communicate with all our bodily systems and processes. PEMF therapy infuses the body with natural energy at the cellular level to help heal and regenerate itself, enhance its natural recovery process, assist with muscle fatigue and discomfort after exercise, increase energy or support relaxation, and balance the body’s interconnected systems.

Ion Footbath

This foot bath relaxes, cleanses, balances, and enhances the bio energy of the body, which Chinese medicine refers to as the “chi”. It is safe, effective, fast, easy, and there are no side effects. The process takes place using reverse osmosis, allowing the toxins to bind, and be leached out of the body and into the water. You will see a change in the color of the water and accumulation of sediments, all of which are coming out of your body through the thousands of pores on the sole of each foot. The color and sedimentation are an indication that toxins are being removed from the body. Because of poor diet and high stress, we tend to accumulate and store excessive quantities of waste products in our bodies. The footbath sessions will support any cleansing modality and may even reduce the discomfort associated with rapid detoxification. The

session will last 23 minutes, and you will feel great, sleep better, and have more energy. Repeated sessions improve the results.

Footbath Healing Benefits:

  • Increases energy and reduce stress

  • Improves memory and sleep

  • Enhances immune system function

  • Increases blood circulation

  • Improves sexual health and decreases menopause symptoms

  • Improves drainage of lymph system and swollen glands

  • Helps speed up the metabolism to help in weight reduction

  • Significant pain relief

  • Improves wrinkles, acne, and other skin problems

  • Improves menstrual cramps and irregularity

  • Decreases arthritis aches

  • Cleanses the liver, kidneys, and parasites

  • Alleviates constipation

Therapeutic Taping

Therapeutic tape is flexible tape that not only stretches, but also possesses elastic recoil abilities. The tape is applied directly to the skin at the affected area and works to alter perception of pain and increase stability through neuromodulation. The elastic recoil helps to decompress tissues such as nerves, blood vessels and lymph leading to increased fluid dynamics and decreased pain. Therapeutic taping can be helpful with many conditions such as neck pain, mid back pain, low back pain, hip pain, hamstring pain, knee pain, jumper’s knee, plantar fasciitis, foot pain, shin splints, shoulder pain, AC joint pain/sprain, elbow pain, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, wrist pain, carpal tunnel, rib pain, any sprain/strains, and many other conditions.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is a traditional East Asian healing technique that involves the use of an instrument. Gua Sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body to create petechia. Petechia results from extravasation of the blood into the subcutis layer. Gua Sha can help to improve positional awareness, motor control, soft tissue mobility, range of motion, blood flow, relaxation, and the body’s natural healing process, while also decreasing stress and pain.

Cupping

Cupping therapy is a part of Chinese Medicine and has been utilized for hundreds of years. Small plastic cups are placed on the skin and a vacuum effect is generated to draw the skin, muscle, and fascial tissue up into the cup. This therapy will leave noticeable marks on the skin that look like circular bruises, and typically fade in within a week after therapy. Cupping is used for common conditions such as, but not limited to muscle tension, aches and pains, fibromyalgia, headaches, migraines, extremity numbness and tingling, and many other musculoskeletal conditions. Cupping Increases blood flow to the affected area, releases toxins, stimulates acupuncture points, increases circulation of blood and lymph, relaxes tight muscles, and reduces inflammation.

Paraffin Bath

Paraffin bath therapy consists of melted paraffin wax in a heated container that hands are directly submerged into. Paraffin bath therapy provides many benefits and is most helpful to patients who suffer from arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis. This therapy helps to decrease pain and muscle tightness/spasm, while also increasing cellular metabolism and blood flow. An increase in blood flow brings red blood cells and oxygen to the area and helps to flush away waste products.