Questions and Answers Part 2
Chiropractic is a natural system of healthcare and serves the needs of an estimated 20-30 million Americans each year. The primary aim of chiropractic care is to restore and maintain health by properly aligning the spine. Although the main method of treatment is spinal manipulation, chiropractors also use other therapies to treat their patients. Listed below are a few of these and we recommend consulting with your doctor to find out which treatment is best for you.
Therapeutic ultrasound is a form of deep heat therapy created by sound vibrations. Sound waves penetrate tissues deep in the body creating a pumping action and heat. This micro massage helps reduce swelling, decrease pain and stiffness and improve blood flow
Ice therapy is often used to reduce swelling and pain caused by acute injuries or flare-ups of a chronic condition. Properly applies ice reduces the temperature of the tissues directly on or below the surface of the skin. This cooling numbs painful areas, constricts blood vessels and helps relax muscle spasms.
Heat, when applied to the skin, enlarges blood vessels below the surface and relaxes muscle tissue. Heat therapy can clam irritated tissues and increase circulation to help speed the healing process.
A therapeutic massage can help relieve pain, insure range of motion, and promote relaxation to allow healing and balance to occur within the body
Light electrical pulses are transmitted to specific areas of the body through electrodes placed on the skin. This therapy can be used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and swelling and help reduce muscle atrophy.
Keeping muscles strong and flexible is an important step in the treatment and prevention of back, neck and extremity problems. Specific strengthening exercises can promote joint health, prevent muscle deterioration and protect the body from new or recurring injuries.
This is a home use cervical traction accessory. This device enables the cervical spine to maintain its normal ordotic curve while lying supine. When in the recumbent position, this device is to aid in maintaining the normal cervical lordotic curve, through the traction effect relieve muscle tonicity and spasms, and decreasing head and neck anteriority. THis affords back and side sleeping with therapeutic support and comfort for his/her head and neck anteriority. This affords back and side sleeping with therapeutic support and comfort for his/her cervical spine.
The hydrotherapy table provides an excellent soft tissue therapy that relaxes tight or sore muscles, relieves muscular pain and tension, improves circulation, assist in the recovery of painful or overtired muscles, reduces stress, increases flexibility, relieves joint stiffness and more. The hydrotherapy table provides all the previous benefits just like a professional hands on massage only in much less time and without having to undress. A relaxed patient is much easier to adjust and the therapeutic benefits of the hydrotherapy help the patient respond more effectively to chiropractic treatments.