To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. Like chiropractic, physiotherapy focuses primarily on the musculoskeletal system. The techniques used are either passive, whereby the doctor administers treatment to the patient, or active, where the patient performs certain aspects of their therapy as directed by their doctor.
Therapeutic Ultrasound harnesses the electrical energy from high frequency sound waves to stimulate tissues below the skin’s surface. Depending on the frequency and intensity of the sound wave, we can achieve different physiological effects. In general, ultrasound produces chemical (increased enzyme activity, metabolism and cell permeability), mechanical (increased tendon extensibility, cavitation) neural (temporary local anesthesia) and thermal (vasodilation, increased blood flow) effects.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
IASTM involves the use of specially designed instruments to treat soft-tissue injuries. Though doctors of chiropractic have always used their hands to increase blood flow and break up adhesions in injured soft tissue, fingers alone can’t detect problems at deeper levels or treat the full range of restrictions. The two main functions of IASTM are to break up abnormal densities in tissue, such as scar tissue, and to reinitiate first-stage healing in the body. Some of the types of injuries that respond best to IASTM include tendinopathies, rotator cuff injuries, IT band syndrome and plantar fasciitis, among others.
Active care is one of the most important factors in a patient’s recovery. We can only do so much in the time we have with our patients, so following your active care prescriptions will help you recover faster. Targeted strengthening exercises are prescribed to rehabilitate weakened or inhibited muscles, while specific stretches will alleviate tight musculature causing pain and altered bio-mechanics. Often times we suggest using hot packs or ice packs on affected areas to both manage symptoms and accelerate recovery.