Physical Medicine: Here is a brief explanation of the treatment modalities offered in this office.
Spinal Manipulation (SM):
How does Manipulation work to reduce pain? Joint manipulation is the quickest and best way to fix joint subluxation, which is simply joint "lock." Joints were designed to move freely through their normal range of motion. Patients sometimes refer to this as a "crick," a "kink" or a "catch" that prevents their normal range of neck or back movement. It is usually felt as a sharp pain on certain movements, restricting movement of the joint involved. Joints must all mesh and glide smoothly for proper function. Occasionally one or more joints can "jam" together, locking those segments. The solution: bring motion back into this dysfunctional joint by applying manipulation to it, breaking the "jam", returning full motion to that joint.
Lumbar Motion Distraction therapy. Designed specifically to heal lumbar disk protrusions.
High Volt Galvani (HVG) therapy. Many patients are familiar with TENS units for home use. They are used to control pain, not heal. HVG is used used to reduce inflammation, hasten healing and to make manipulation more effective.
Ultrasound (US): US gets deep into the muscles ligaments surrounding the joint where the injury is located. It has long been used as an anti-inflammatory agent by breaking down the exudates of injury into tiny molecules that can be absorbed by the body, cleaning up the injured area, speeding the healing process..
Cold Laser Therapy: The therapeutic effects of laser therapy include improved healing time and pain reduction by increasing circulation and decreased swelling. Laser light triggers biological reactions in the cells. A light beam of 635NM wavelength forces out the noxious chemicals causing the chronic pain in joint tissues with oxygen replacement. While its applications are many, it is often used in this office for treatment of localized pain of joints in the extremities.
Acupuncture: Our bodies naturally produce chemicals called "neurotransmitters." The insertion of needles into specific acupoints along your spine increase the production of these neurotransmitters, which include endorphins, enkephalins, cortisol plus many others, secreted in the cord and mid-brain. Those chemicals are powerful anti-inflammatory agents. We have been using this modality in office since 1997, when we were certified by the Virginia Board of Medicine to practice acupuncture.
Diathermy: Shortwave diathermy produces deep heat to treat organs and tissues anywhere in the body. It promotes healing by reduction of congestion and inflammation, increasing circulation. Patients find it helpful in breaking up congestion in the sinuses and lungs. It is a soft, pleasant therapy where the large round applicator is placed over your clothed body or your face with a towel in between.
Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Therapy (PEMF): our $21,000 unit is the most expensive therapeutic healing agent in our office and is overall the best healing devise we have, proving itself with many (not all) difficult cases of spinal stenosis, osteoporosis, and chronic degenerative joints. PEMF uses pulsed electromagnetic fields to cover low energy cells in raw, pure energy. Each cell in your body has a battery, the mitochondria, capacitors that hold a charge. Your entire body is electrical and your cells each need a measurable electrical charge to function well and maintain wellness. When the voltage in the cells drops below -15 millivolts or less the cells become dysfunctional and unable to heal. PEMF supports the body’s natural abilities to optimize balanced body functions.
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