One type of therapy that has become common in many chiropractic offices is the use of ultrasound therapy.
Ultrasound is an extremely high frequency sound that is out of the range of human hearing but in the case of alternative medicine, the use of ultrasound is known as therapeutic ultrasonography. Ultrasonography is the use of high frequency sounds to visualize subcutaneous structures within the body including muscles, joints, tendons, vessels and internal organs.
Myofascial therapy is a new and highly successful hands-on approach to injuries of muscles, tendons, fascia, nerves and the surrounding soft tissues. When a muscle, tendon, or ligament is torn or nerve is damaged, healing occurs in three stages called the inflammatory response: acute inflammation, repair and remodeling. In acute inflammation, redness, swelling, heat and pain occur. This phase lasts approximately 72 hours. After the inflammation recedes, repair begins. The damaged tissues heal with adhesions or scar tissue formation rather than the formation of brand new tissue.
Scar tissue is weaker, less elastic, less pliable and more pain sensitive than healthy tissue. These adhesions disrupt the normal muscle function, which in turn affects the bio-mechanics of the joint complex, and can lead to pain and dysfunction. This makes prompt and proper treatment essential for healing and rehabilitation.
Myofascial release therapy is applied by hand using a very specific pressure and tension on the muscle involved while moving the muscle underneath the contact. This method softens and stretches the scar tissue, resulting in increased range of motion, increased strength, and improved circulation which optimizes healing.
When combined with proper stretching and strengthening of the involved tissues, myofascial release therapy is extremely effective on injuries like muscle strains, rotator cuff tendinitis, tennis elbow, achilles tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Cold Laser Therapy
Cold laser Therapy is a painless, sterile, non-invasive, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of pain syndromes, injuries, wounds, fractures,neurological conditions and pathologies. Laser therapy can be used any time a patient needs a drug-less procedure for the control of pain, when conventional therapies have been ineffective, or when the acceleration of healing from injuries is desired.
Around the world, cold laser therapy is rapidly becoming a medical therapy that can heal wounds and fractures up to 60% faster and reduce the cost of treatment for many conditions!! In the UK, cold laser has become the treatment of choice for soft tissue “whiplash” injuries.
Healing with the use of light is not a new technology. Light therapy was reported to be effective for many conditions by Hippocrates. With the development of the laser and its special properties, using light as a treatment has gained more popularity. This is because we can now use specific wavelengths of light and give accurately measured doses of energy directly to the appropriate treatment site, which was not possible with other light sources. Light is transmitted deeply through the skin’s layers and optimize the immune responses of our blood. This has both anti-inflammatoryand immunostimulate effects! Light transmitted to the blood through cold laser has positive effects throughout the whole body, supplying vital oxygen and energy to every cell.
What to Expect During a Cold Laser Treatment
For most people, cold laser therapy is quite passive. There are no pulsating shocks felt or heat as with ultrasounds. The most noticeable sensation is the touch of the probe of the laser onto the skin. Very few (3-5%) of patients experience a slight tingling sensation or a feeling of warmth. But for the most part, the treatment is not noticed at all.
Following a cold laser treatment, approximately 75% to 80% of patients can notice an immediate improvement in their condition! The more chronic a condition, the longer it may take to respond.
Can Cold Laser Therapy Help You?
According to Medical reports, many acute and chronic conditions may be improved or eliminated with cold laser therapy, including:
- Acupuncture points
- Arthralgia / Arthritis
- Back pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Heel Spurs/ Plantar Fascitis
- Migraine Headaches
- Neck Pain/ Whiplash
- Nerve Root Pain
- Post-Operative pain
- Repetitive Stress
- TMJ Pain/ Dysfunction
- Tennis Elbow
- Trigger Points
- Sprains/ Strains
- Wound Healing