ICT (Interferential Current Therapy)
Interferential Current Therapy is a treatment to aid the relief of pain and the promotion of soft-tissue healing. Tiny electrical impulses are induced into the tissues in the area of the pain. Where the waves intersect below the surface of the skin, the low-frequency stimulation induces the body to secrete endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain-killers.
Ultrasound equipment generates high-frequency sound waves that are transferred to a specific body area via a round-headed probe. The sound waves travel deep into tissue (e.g. muscles), creating causing soft tissues to vibrate, creating heat. In turn, the heat induces vasodilatations: drawing blood into the target issues. Increased blood flow delivers needed oxygen and nutrients, and removes cell wastes. The heat helps relieve pain and inflammation, reduce muscle spasms, and accelerate healing. Depending on the treatment area, range of motion may be increased.
TENS (Transcuteaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
A TENS unit stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. It is a small battery operated machine that uses electrical transmission to decrease pain. Electrodes are applied to the affected area. The machine is turned on and an electrical current is sent through the electrodes. A tingling sensation is felt in the underlying skin and muscle. This signal disrupts the pain signal that is being sent from the affected area to the surrounding nerves. By breaking this signal, the patient experiences less pain.
Iontophoresis (a.ka Electromotive Drug Administration (EMDA)) is a technique using a small electric charge to deliver a medicine or other chemical through the skin. Iontophoresis is well classified for use in transdermal drug delivery. Unlike transdermal patches, this method relies on active transportation within an electric field. In the presence of electric field electromigration and eletroosmosis are the dominant forces in mass transportation.
Low-level laser therapy (LLT) is a medical treatment that uses low-level lasers or light-emitting diodes to alter cellular function.
Specific test and protocols for LLLT suggest it is effective in relieving short-term pain for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, acute and chronic neck pain, tendinopathy, and possibly chronic joint disorders. The evidence for LLLT being useful in the treatment of low back pain, dentistry and wound healing equivocal.
Traction (Lumbar & Cervical)
Currently, the most important use of traction is for the management of cervical spine instability. Instability is defined as damage to the cervical and lumbar spinal column, ethier trough trauma or disease, resulting in potential for shifting/malunion of fractured bones prior to healing or abnormal movment of the injured region with likelihood of additional neurological damage. Traction is an extremely effective means of realigning a cervical/lumbar spine injury.
Therapies that stimulate or manipulate the body to arrest disease and improve health. Manual manipulation therapies include massage, chiropractic, and osteopathic treatments. After going through the other modalities included in your treatment plan, the physical therapist can now administer a hands-on modality that target specific muscles that are causing pain. This entails reducing pain by putting pressure on muscle tissue to address muscle tension and muscle spasms.
Physical exercise in any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health or wellness. It is performed for carious reasons. these include strengthening muscles and the cardiovascular system, honing athletic skills, wight loss or maintenance and for enjoyment. Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immune system, and helps prevent the “diseases of affluence” such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease.
Physical therapists wrap moist hot packs in several layers of towels and place the on the area that needs treatment. the heat provided by the hot packs has several important benefits. It relaxes tight muscles causing tissues to relax. This decreases pain caused by muscle tension or spasms. it also causes vasodilatation of the blood vessels which increases circulation to the area. Patients with muscle strains, spasms, or arthritis often benefit from treatment with moist hot packs.
Cold packs are a frozen gel substance used by physical therapists to treat areas of pain and inflammation. The cold packs are wrapped in wet towel and applied directly to the area in need of treatment. The cold transferred to the patient’s skin, muscle, and tissue has several beneficial effects.The cold temperature causes vasoconstriction of the blood vessels in the area. This decreases the inflammation in the area, By decreasing inflammation, pain and swelling are decreased.
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