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Treatment
Benefits
Ultrasound
Sound wave vibrations cause deep heating to tissues. This increases blood flow, helps healing, stretches scars and collagen, and decreases pain, joint stiffness and muscle spasms.
Heat
Superficial warming of tissues to prepare for stretching. Heat also decreases pain and muscle spasms and increases blood supply to area.
Cold/Ice
Reduces swelling and blood supply to newly injured areas. It also decreases pain and muscle spasms.
(TENS)
Transcutaneous Electrical Muscle Stimulation
Electrical impulses through electrodes on your skin help decrease the feeling of pain, decrease muscle spasms and release endorphins (a natural chemical produced in your body for pain control)
(FES) Functional Electrical Stimulation
Electrical impulses through electrodes on your skin stimulate muscle contractions below. Used to strengthen weak muscles or access muscles that can not be activated by yourself (re-education of muscle)
Stretching
Stretching and holding the position of an arm or leg for at least 30 seconds to stretch the ligaments and muscles and increase the range of a joint.
Exercises
Strengthen muscles by using weights or resistance. It may include retraining functional activities.
Friction
Quick vibrations movement on a sore area to loosen scar and connective tissue. It also increases blood flow and decreases pain.
Massage
Stretch all tissue layers in the skin and muscles to increase blood flow and reduce muscle spasms and pain.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Gentle massage used to remove fluid from an area of swelling. Fluid is pushed from an area of damage to another area that is draining well to reduce swelling.
Traction
Slow pulling of joints to increase joint space. This stretches ligaments that in turn increases range and decreases pain and muscle spasms. Used for the back to reduce pressure on the discs.
Mobilizations
Movements of bones at a joint to stretch ligaments. This increases range and decreases pain. It also helps decrease muscle spasms.