Ultrasound Therapy, or Ultrasonography, is the use of high frequency sounds to visualize subcutaneous structures within the body including muscles, joints, tendons, vessels and internal organs. The goal is to speed the healing of a joint, muscle or tendon by using a higher frequency ultrasound. The use of ultrasound induces 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. Ultrasound therapy can be useful for many different patients. The ‘micro-massage’ that ultrasound creates can help reduce swelling, increase blood flow, and decrease pain, stiffness, and spasms, making it a viable therapy for numerous applications. From patients who have suffered car accidents to those that have chronic back pain from any number of sources, ultrasound therapy can help them.
Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS)
Electric muscle stimulation mimics the body’s nervous system by sending safe, low frequency electrical pulses to the affected area, causing the muscle to contract and increasing temperature and blood circulation. By utilizing and encouraging the body’s natural healing mechanisms, EMS can drastically reduce the dependence on medications and unnecessary surgeries and resolve the symptoms of underlying causes much quicker. EMS is used to help treat and even prevent a surprising number of medical issues. These can include, but are not limited to:
- carpal tunnel
- connective and dermal tissue repair
- increase in the range of motion in joints caused by such problems as arthritis and injury
- muscle atrophy (loss of muscle tissue)
- muscle spasms
- muscle tension associated with long periods of sitting, standing, or lifting heavy objects
- post-surgical muscle regeneration
- sports injuries
- tennis elbow
- ulcers and chronic wounds
Cold Laser Therapy/Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
Cold Laser Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue. It can be used on patients who suffer from a variety of acute and chronic conditions in order to help eliminate pain, swelling, reduce spasms and increase functionality. Cold lasers are handheld devices that are placed directly over the injured area for 30 seconds to several minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated and the dose provided by the cold laser unit.When cells absorb the light energy from the laser, it initiates a series of events in the cell that results in normalizing damaged or injured tissue, a reduction in pain, inflammation and an overall reduction in healing time. Some of the conditions that may typically be treated by cold laser therapy include:
- Arthritis pain
- Back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Fibromyalgia pain
- Knee pain
- Neck pain
Dr. Matt Mullins, a Kennedy Certified Decompression practitioner, utilizes the Kennedy Neural-Flex Decompression System for the non-surgical treatment of spinal injuries and spinal pain. Decompression Therapy effectively relieves the pain associated with disc herniation, degenerative discs, stenosis, posterior facet , sciatica, headaches, and other spinal related syndromes, by reducing the pressure on spinal discs and facet joints through unloading created by distraction and positioning.
Spinal discs are avascular structures, meaning that they do not have an adequate blood supply like muscles in the body do. The lack of blood supply means that discs in the spine heal naturally at a very slow rate and current research states that a spinal disc heals in 300-500 days without treatment. By employing Decompression Therapy, an osmotic interchange of fluid can be used to speed healing of the disc by up to 71% and heal that disc in less than 100 days.
Decompression Therapy begins with a series of sessions, typically 2-3 times per week. Each session is approximately 8-12 minutes. The extent and severity of each individual’s symptoms will determine the amount of sessions that will be necessary. Most patients experience relief in just 1-2 treatments!
Disc Decompression is great for patients experiencing pain in:
- Low Back Pain (Compression Symptoms, Herniated Discs (Extrusions, Protrusions, Bulges etc.)
- Neck Pain
- Degenerative Discs
- Thoracic Pain
- Hot Stone Massage
- Swedish Massage
- Sports Massage
- Prenatal Massage
- Massage with Essential Oils
- Deep Tissue Massage
SpiderTech Kinesiology Taping
Kinesiology taping provides multiple benefits to the body. Because the taping can be left on for several days, the benefits are supported to the injured or weakened area for a full 24 hours a day. This reason alone significantly accelerates the healing process and provides relief sooner. Areas that can benefits from kinesio-taping are; shoulders, knees, wrists, ankles, upper and lower back, ect.