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Physiotherapies

To complement and enhance the healing effects, Reflection Ridge Chiropractic also provides the following physiological therapeutic procedures:

Electro-Muscle Stimulation

Electro-Muscle Stimulation is a special form of electrical current administered at the site of soft tissue injuries, such as muscle injuries, to block pain and reduce swelling.  Low level electrical current is induced into the tissues.  At first, you will feel a slight tingling sensation. The intensity of the treatment may be raised during the 10 to 20 minute course of treatment. Electro-Muscle Stimulation reduces the sensation of pain, decreases swelling, promotes muscle tone and helps to speed the healing process.  Electro-Muscle Stimulation has been used as an effective form of pain relief. It is recommended in cases in which pain is accompanied by swelling and inflammation.  Many painful symptoms can be relieved with the application of Electro-Muscle Stimulation.

Ultrasound

Ultrasonography is the use of high frequency sounds to speed healing of joints, musclea or tendons.  Ultrasoound has two distinct benefits.  In one application, the use of ultrasound induces hyperemia, or increased blood flow, as tissue is heated to 40 to 45 degrees Celsius.  The thermal affects from the energy produced by the sound waves speeds healing and reduces inflammation.  The second common application of therapeutic ultrasonography is a cavitational effect that results from the vibrating of tissue.  The vibration seems to stimulate cell membranes which encourages repairing effects of cells in inflamed areas.

Superficial Heat

Heating pads, hot packs, hot water bottles, infrared lamps and warm moist towels are frequently used to raise the temperature of the soft tissues directly below the skin. When heat is applied to the surface of the skin, the blood vessels below the surface dilate and relax the tissues. This temporarily relieves painful symptoms, increases circulation, reduces joint stiffness, and relaxes muscles. This can be helpful before and after treatments. Heat is generally recommended to relax tissues that are spasming and to relieve symptoms associated with chronic pain and muscle tightness. It is an easy way to promote circulation, increase flexibility, improve range of motion, reduce joint stiffness, and relax muscles. Using heat to calm tissues suffering from long term spasm or irritation is an easy way to increase flexibility, range of motion, and promote increased circulation to speed the healing process.  While heat therapy is widely available and inexpensive, you should always consult your doctor before self-administration of any therapy.

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is the application of ice, cold towels, ice massage or compresses with the intent of reducing temperatures of tissues directly on or below the skin’s surface.  Cooling causes the blood vessels to constrict, numbs painful areas, and helps to relax muscle spasms. It also reduces nerve transmission of painful symptoms and provides temporary relief. It is frequently used to manage acute injuries and recent eruptions of chronic conditions. During the initial stages of an injury, cryotherapy should be applied several times a day.

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