What Makes Spinal Decompression Different?
Many people confuse surgical spinal decompression with the non-surgical approach. Non-surgical decompression is a completely non-invasive method of spinal manipulation therapy that is designed to relieve a number of different pain complaints. Patients are not under anesthesia and avoid painful operative techniques.
When Do People Need Spinal Decompression?
Spinal Decompression may be prescribed as preventative pain management or at any time after an injury, particularly in situations such as auto or workplace accidents. The consulting doctor may choose to begin decompression treatment from the onset or may be started after conventional medicines, traditional methods and chiropractic adjustments are not found to be successful.
What Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Do?
The main objective of decompression therapy is to gradually elongate and properly align the spinal column so that pain and pressure on the intervertebral discs, facet joints and nerve roots can be relieved.
How Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Work?
Spinal decompression therapy begins when the patient is gently but firmly secured to the treatment table. A universal belt harness is placed around the patient’s abdomen and chest. The harness will keep the patient’s body in the proper position during the treatment.
When the machine is started, it will gradually exert an intermittent digital force distraction that produces a suction effect. This will start to pull apart the joints and muscles of the spine, lengthening the fibers and lessening the pressure on the discs and nerves for a brief period. Poor alignment and excess compression is corrected when decompression completes and returns the spinal structures to a slightly new normal length.
Who are Candidates for Spinal Decompression?
Those suffering from low back pain or neck pain, especially severely chronic, are likely to benefit from Spinal Decompression. Some treatable conditions are:
Disc Pathologies like Prolapsed, Protruding or Herniated Discs
Radiculopathy & Sciatica
Discogenic & Postural Pain
Degenerative Disc Diseases
Facet Joint Syndromes
Scoliosis & Kyphosis
Who are NOT Candidates for Spinal Decompression?
Surgical Fusion or Metallic Hardware
Surgically Repaired Aneurysms
Spinal Infection or Tumors
How Long is a Spinal Decompression Treatment?
The length of a decompression treatment is about 30-45 minutes. While warm ups and cool downs may vary by patient and the degree of correction needed, the standard is 20 minutes duration for each decompression.
How Many Spinal Decompression Treatments Do People Need?
Patients will need more than one decompression treatment depending on the individual situation and specific injury. Between 20-30 visits are usually required. They may require 1-3 treatments a week for 4-6 weeks or 4-6 months, depending upon their unique needs and goals. Most patients will feel slight or significant relief in 10-12 visits, however, this initial improvement is less long-lasting and no reason to undergo further treatments.
Is Spinal Decompression Painful?
Decompression is not painful. Most people may feel a pressure release in their spine, but it is nothing that will cause pain. Most patients notice the relaxing conditioning component of flexibility and range of motion they achieve as they often start to have less pain and more function after several treatments. The machines are very quiet and patients may read a book, watch nature scenes, listen to music, power nap, or play video games. The system has an emergency stop switch that the practitioner or patient can use to end treatment at any time.
How Much Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Cost?
Visits vary as to the extent of care and coverage needed, including but not limiting to adjustments, electro-acupuncture, oxygen, electrical muscle stimulation, massage, heat or cold therapy, exercise, nutrition, etc.). Patients always have the choice as to the extent of care and can consent to or refrain from any part of the program. Base price starts at $70 per treatment or $65 for 10. For every referral who signs up for 10 treatments they are rewarded by reducing their treatment price by $5 until $45 per visit is reached, in addition to one free treatment per referral. If you or someone you know is in severely chronic pain but cannot cover primary care costs, talk with the doctor or therapist to work out a plan. Financial fear and stress will not stand in the way of evidence based results for a person's quality of life in health care.
How Effective is Spinal Decompression in Long-Term Pain Relief?
Although it is difficult to predict the future, most patients do find long-term pain relief or effective functional management of discomfort when they complete a full program of treatments. Moderate exercise, healthy diet and periodic maintenance or tune-up visits to the clinic will help in maintaining spinal health and reduce the risk of recurrence. As with any integrative and comprehensive rehabilitation program, continued discretion with home and workplace activities is key to long-term functional improvement and pain relief.
What are the Side Effects of Spinal Decompression?
There are no adverse side effects to this treatment. Some patients report mild tingling, sensitivity, dizziness, weakness, and imbalance. These symptoms are short-term and normal in conditioning flexibility and stability.
Does Spinal Decompression Permanently Fix or Temporarily Mask the Problem?
This technology is designed and developed to treat the root cause of bio-mechanical neck and back pain, not to mask symptoms temporarily. Unless patients injure or re-damage their spine, they should not have to undergo the full treatment from the beginning again. In all cases, follow up sessions are recommended. The custom protocol varies in pull patterns, force, hold and rest times suited to each individual's structural fitness.
What is Chiropractic?
The word “chiropractic” comes from ancient Greek and means “done by hand.” Adjustment of the joints of the body has been used in health care for many centuries and is at the heart of modern chiropractic care. Chiropractors are specialists in manual adjustment of the vertebrae of the spine and other joints. Adjustments help relieve pain and restore normal functioning to the spine, joints and supporting structures of the body – so you can enjoy your everyday activities again as quickly as possible. Chiropractors are also trained to prescribe therapeutic exercise, provide nutritional counseling, and recommend rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies.
What is a Subluxation?
Subluxation is a neurological imbalance or distortion in the body associated with adverse physiological responses and/or structural changes, which may become persistent and progressive. The most frequent site for the chiropractic correction of subluxation is via the vertebral column. The correction of a subluxation is called an adjustment.
What is an Adjustment?
An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement applied by hand or an instrument (activator) to a joint of the body. Adjustments loosen the joint to restore proper movement and optimize function. When a joint is adjusted, a gas bubble may escape causing the popping noise - this is normal and expected.
Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively. Complications are rare and side-effects, such as temporary soreness, are usually minor. Your chiropractor is well-trained to determine if your problem will respond to chiropractic care or if you require referral to another health care provider.
Why Should Someone Visit a Chiropractor?
Eight out of ten Canadians will experience back pain at some point in their life, and at least one third of people in Ontario will have back pain at any given time. For many people, the pain can keep them away from work, school or even their day-to-day activities. If pain causes interruptions and restrictions in the activities of your daily life then you should consult a health care provider. Chiropractors are regulated primary care professionals, and they are one of only five classes of health care professionals in Ontario that are able to use the title Doctor, with its accompanying rights and obligations. Chiropractors are highly educated and extensively trained to assess, diagnosis, treat and prevent conditions disorders of the spine, joints, muscle and nervous systems. These disorders may include back pain, neck pain, headaches, referring pain in your arms and legs, etc. Many patients seek chiropractic treatment for wellness care. Others, like seniors, find that treatment helps them to maintain mobility and good range of motion. Pain should never become a way of life, especially when there is qualified help available. There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care: Work related injury or strain, accidents, sports injuries, household chores, even the stress of daily living can cause painful joint and spinal problems. Even if you do not have painful symptoms, chiropractic care can help you maintain healthy spine and joint function.
What Does Chiropractic Manage or Treat?
Strains and sprains from daily activities
Repetitive strain injuries
Work and sports-related injuries
Restricted movement in the back, shoulders, neck or limbs
General health and well-being
What are Some Benefits of Chiropractic Care?
Improve movement in your neck, shoulders, back, hips and legs
Improve your posture
Provide relief from headaches, neck and arm pain
Help prevent work-related muscle and joint injuries
Lead to enhanced athletic performance
Improve your flexibility and range of motion
Relieve pregnancy-related back ache
Correct gait and foot problems
Is Chiropractic Safe?
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of headache, and neck and back pain. It has an excellent safety record. However, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. Even common over-the-counter medicines carry a risk. Most patients experience immediate relief following an adjustment, however, some may experience temporary pain, stiffness or slight swelling. Some patients may also experience temporary dizziness, local numbness, or radiating pain. However, adverse effects associated with spinal adjustment are typically minor and short-lived.
Prior to starting treatment, all health professionals are required by law to obtain informed consent to treatment from their patients. Health care consumers must receive adequate and accurate information to assist them in evaluating their health care choices, and in balancing the relative risks of treatment options with the benefits. The chiropractic profession takes this responsibility seriously and has been a leader in obtaining informed consent. Ontario’s chiropractors are required in their Standards of Practice to obtain written informed consent prior to treating a patient.
Neck adjustment with rotation, particularly of the top two vertebrae of the spine, has on rare occasions been associated with stroke and stroke-like symptoms. This risk is considerably lower than those serious adverse events associated with many common health treatments such as long-term use of non-prescription pain relievers or birth control pills. While estimates vary, a range of one to two events per million neck rotation adjustments is the ratio generally accepted by the research community. For this reason, we offer neck adjustments with the activator instrument and eliminate this very rare risk.
An extensive commentary on chiropractic care, published in the February 2002 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, which is the journal of the American College of Physicians, reviewed more than 160 reports and studies on chiropractic. It states the following with regard to the safety of neck adjustment: “The apparent rarity of these accidental events has made it difficult to assess the magnitude of the complication risk. No serious complication has been noted in more than 73 controlled clinical trials or in any prospectively evaluated case series to date.”
A Canadian study, published in 2001 in the medical journal Stroke, also concluded that stroke associated with neck adjustment is so rare that it is difficult to calculate an accurate risk ratio. The study was conducted by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and the authors have stated: “The evidence to date indicates that the risk associated with chiropractic manipulation of the neck is both small and inaccurately estimated. The estimated level of risk is smaller than that associated with many commonly used diagnostic tests or prescription drugs.”
The most recent research into the association between neck adjustment and stroke is bio-mechanical studies to assess what strain, if any, neck adjustment may place on the vertebral arteries. The preliminary findings of this ongoing work indicate that neck adjustment is done well within the normal range of motion and that neck adjustment is “very unlikely to mechanically disrupt the VA [vertebral artery].” There are many risk factors for stroke including blood clotting problems, hypertension, smoking, high cholesterol, birth control pills, heart problems and trauma such as blows to the head from car accidents, sports injuries or falls. Some strokes happen spontaneously with no obvious cause during activities of daily living such as backing up a car. A patient’s health history and activities have to be examined very carefully in order to determine the most probable cause of a stroke.
Does Chiropractic Care Require a Referral from an MD?
Chiropractors are legislated as primary care professionals in every province in Canada. This means that patients can consult them directly. However, chiropractors often work closely with medical doctors, many of whom refer to chiropractors when they believe chiropractic treatment will help alleviate a patient’s condition. Similarly, chiropractors frequently refer to medical doctors when necessary.
Can Chiropractic Care Treat Other Ailments Besides Back Pain?
Chiropractic care cannot “cure” every ailment, but there is some evidence to indicate that adjustments may have a beneficial effect on a variety of conditions. Adjustments may alleviate some of the secondary or referred pain, arising from the response of the musculoskeletal structures to the primary cause.
How Many Ontario or Canadian Citizens use Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is one of the largest primary care professions in Ontario, with more than 3,100 practicing chiropractors. Almost 2 million in Ontario, and over 4 million people in Canada use the services of a chiropractor each year to help them get back to work, and back to doing the things they love.
Do Athletes use Chiropractic?
Yes. Many amateur and professional athletes use chiropractic treatment as part of their overall health care, fitness and maintenance program. Chiropractic is often used to improve muscle and joint conditioning, which has a direct effect on an athletic performance. Treatment works to improve bio-mechanical function and enhance overall conditioning, important in situations where there is continuous repetitive movement. Chiropractic care also help athletes fine-tune their muscles and joints for high level performance, and may reduce long term wear and tear. Finally, treatment can be used to prevent, and sometimes shorten, the healing time of injuries. Athletes most often select treatment to improve their performance, where as the average consumer will select chiropractic care to help manage aches and pains. In some cases treatment will be similar, but in all cases a treatment plan will be developed according to the goals and condition of each patient. In the case of professional and elite athletes, chiropractors often work in conjunction with other health care professionals, including medical doctors and/or sports medicine doctors, massage therapists and physiotherapists.
Does Chiropractic Care Require X-Rays?
X-rays can play an important role in diagnosis and are taken when a need has been determined after taking a patient case history and conducting a physical examination. Chiropractors receive 360 hours of education in radiology covering a full range of topics from protection to X-ray interpretation and diagnosis. Governments in every province have recognized the training and competence of chiropractors to take and interpret X-rays and have granted them this right.
What is Oxygen?
Oxygen is an element (O) as well as a colorless, tasteless, odorless gas when two of the same atoms bond to become a molecule. The air we breathe contains 21% oxygen (O2). The oxygen (O2) passes from our lungs into our bloodstream, where it is carried in the red blood cells to all the organs and tissues of our body. Oxygen is needed for by our organs and tissues to convert the food we eat into heat and energy; to maintain life.
How is Oxygen Made and Stored?
There are two common methods for obtaining pure oxygen:
1. For on-the-go use: The oxygen gas is compressed and stored in steel pressurized tanks.
2. For in-home use: Room air is pumped through a fine filter that traps all but the oxygen, which is allowed to pass through. This is known as an oxygen concentrator.
How is Oxygen Used?
Oxygen flows into your lungs through a small, adjustable plastic tube called a nasal cannula, which drapes lightly over your ears and under your nose. It is best to inhale through your nose and exhale out your mouth.
Why Do People Need Supplemental Oxygen?
Normally oxygen passes readily from the lungs into the bloodstream and is pumped by the heart to all parts of the body. When lung disease occurs, oxygen may not be able to pass readily into the bloodstream. When the heart is diseased, it may not be able to pump as much oxygen-carrying blood. Either of these situations can result in not enough oxygen reaching the organs and tissues of the body, preventing them from functioning properly. This can cause many undesirable effects, such as decreased ability to exercise, difficulty breathing, fatigue, periods of disorientation, loss of memory, etc. Breathing supplemental oxygen increases the amount of oxygen that passes into the bloodstream and is carried to the organs and tissues. The only way to know for sure, however, is to measure the amount of oxygen in your blood with Arterial Blood Gas or oximetry. Your physician will evaluate your test results and symptoms to determine if you might benefit from additional oxygen. If you need supplemental oxygen, your physician will prescribe the proper flow rate and duration of use.
What Happens if The Oxygen Concentration is Not Enough? Too Much?
You might anticipate that some of the symptoms you had before using the oxygen will start to go away as your blood’s oxygen level returns to normal. The only way to be sure you are getting the right amount of oxygen is to have the oxygen level in your blood measured while using the supplemental oxygen. If new symptoms, such as headaches, confusion, dizziness, increased sleepiness, etc., appear, you might be getting too much oxygen. Notify your physician. Do not change the liter flow or hours of usage without first checking with your physician.
Do All Patients with Cardiac or Pulmonary Conditions Require Supplemental Oxygen?
It is estimated that over 4 million patients with lung or heart problems either are benefiting or could benefit from supplemental oxygen. This is a rather small percent of the estimated 60 million Americans affected by lung or heart and circulatory disease.
Is Oxygen Flammable?
Oxygen itself is not flammable or combustible. It can however, can feed a spark or small flame so that it burns much quicker. Fire needs oxygen to burn and spread, so in addition to the existing oxygen in the room, even a small puff of pure oxygen will quickly turn a small flame into a much bigger one. Lit cigarettes, stove tops that are turned on, fireplaces and even the quick flash of a lighter should be avoided while using your oxygen therapy. A safe distance from these things would be at least 8 feet.
How Often are Nasal Cannulas Changed?
For infection control, the tubing starts to harden by the natural oils of our skin and the molecules from the air we exhale. Cannulas needs to be changed every 2 weeks for prescribed home use or every 10-20 treatments in clinical settings. If you are coughing or sneezing a lot into the cannula, the tube is disposed of after use.
Is Oxygen Addictive?
There is no way anyone could get addicted to oxygen. You can't get addicted to something your body naturally needs to stay alive. Every living cell in your body needs a certain minimal amount of oxygen to function properly. If you can't bring in enough oxygen on a regular basis, your health will start to decline. Supplemental oxygen helps to keep your body healthy.
Are There Any Side Effects of Oxygen?
If you need to use a high dosage, severe dryness of the nasal passages can occur. This can be remedied by a humidifier bottle, which can be attached to your oxygen machine. For any other effects such as dizziness, fatigue or headaches, you should contact your doctor immediately. This could mean that the dosage is too high.
What Are The Benefits of Oxygen?
Improves quality of life and can allow you to be more independent, mobile and active. Improves sleep, mood, mental alertness and stamina and allows individuals to carry out normal everyday functions (ALA). To provide your body optimum nutrient absorption and distribution, supplemental oxygen may help you:
Decrease Stress and Sustain Energy
Increase Mental Clarity and Alertness
Improve Cognitive Performance, including Memory and Reaction Time
Diminish Exposure to Polluted and Stale Air
Alleviate the Effects of Jet Lag
Combat Altitude Problems
Optimize Athletic Performance
Speed Muscle Recovery from Fatigue
Clear the Morning Fog After a Late Night
Why Are People Concerned about Oxygen?
Your body is designed to function on 21% oxygen in the air you breathe. Polluted or stale air usually contains less than 21% oxygen, which can impede optimal functioning of your cells. Most importantly, your brain cells are the first affected, resulting in impaired reaction time and judgment. Since it is difficult to monitor atmospheric oxygen, we suggest trying a few quick breaths followed by many long deep breaths of supplemental oxygen to help you feel mentally sharper, more alert and energetic.
What is Cyotherapy?
Cryotherapy is used to decrease skin temperature most often with cold packs. When a cold pack or ice massage is used, you will feel the changing stages as follows:
Cold, Burning, Aching, Numbness.
How Does Cryotherapy Work?
Cold decreases blood flow and fluid in the area it is applied to by vasoconstriction. Cryotherapy should decrease pain, inflammation, edema and swelling in a joint or muscle. It can also prevent inflammation in a joint or muscle if used right after an injury or exercise.
What is an Optimal Duration for Cryotherapy?
The duration of cooling for a small area with minimal fat and muscle, such as a finger, would be significantly less (3‐5 minutes) than that for a larger area and deeper tissue such as at the hip (10-20 minutes). Intermittent icing (ex. 10 minutes on: 10 minutes off) may be more effective for management of acute inflammation than icing for 20 consecutive minutes. Always consider the nature of the tissue when icing.
What are Different Types of Cryotherapy?
Cooling to reduce pain will likely require less intense (gel pack) and shorter duration (5 minutes). Cooling to reduce metabolism of uninjured cells may require more intense cooling (ice bath) for longer duration (15 minutes). The hierarchy of the efficiency of cooling from most to least: ice‐water immersion, crushed ice, frozen peas and gel pack.
What are Risks of Cryotherapy?
Cooling can temporarily inhibit muscle function with potential for increased risk of injury/re‐injury. Be cautious when having patients weight bear/undertake complex exercise after icing a lower extremity. Elderly patients with impaired sensation and/or circulation will be more vulnerable to an ice‐burn, therefore consider using less intense icing techniques (ex. Mild cold pack wrapped in an insulating cloth layer). Younger patients with intact sensation and circulation may benefit most from direct immersion of the limb in cold water then progressively adding ice cubes. Cold gel packs stored in a freezer have a surface temperature below 0°C (32°F) and thus an insulating layer should be used between the cold pack and the patient’s skin. Cryotherapy-induced nerve injuries are common when cold is applied in combination with compression. Check capillary refill during application of ice with compression therapy to ensure adequate blood flow. Shivering and piloerection are signs of decrease in core temperature which may compromise patient safety (especially in the elderly and those with fever). The application of cryotherapy should produce only local effects. Ice may contribute to reduced range of motion by the shortening of collagen fibers in connective tissue. After gaining ROM by warming, stretching and then strengthening in the newest part of the ROM, it is likely counterproductive to cool the tissue in a shortened position. If one wishes to cool the tissue post stretch and exercise, it is best to do so with the tissue in a lengthened position. In patients with significantly restricted ROM due to scar tissue, it may be preferable not to use ice. Icing is not suitable for those with hemoglobinuria, complex regional pain syndrome, cryoglobinemia, Raynaud’s disease and cold uticaria.
What is Thermotherapy?
Thermotherapy is used to increase skin temperature with very little increase in deeper core temperature.
How Does Thermotherapy Work?
Heat increases blood flow and fluid in the area it is applied to by vasodilation. Blood brings nutrients to the area and carries away wastes speeding recovery. The warmth created by superficial and deep heat helps by relaxing your muscles when you are tense, increase nutrient distribution and absorption to your body parts, and preparing your muscles and joints for exercise and stretching.
What is an Optimal Duration for Thermotherapy?
An efficient warm up takes 3-5 minutes depending on the individual. Do not to exceed 30 minutes.
What are Different Types of Thermotherapy?
Moist Hot Packs: Moist hot packs are kept in water at temperatures 140-160 degrees Fahrenheit. Moist hot packs are usually wrapped in several layers of towels in order to prevent burning. They are applied for 15-20 minutes. Skin may look red after using a hot pack. This redness should go away in 4-6 hours.
Heating Pads: Heating pads produce a dry heat. Heating pads are not preferred because moist heat is more comfortable and goes deeper into the body. Some pads can be used with water. If the pad you purchase is approved for use with water, use it in this way. Put a moist towel over the area to be treated and put the heating pad on top of the towel.
Paraffin: Paraffin is made up of wax mixed with mineral oil. It has a temperature between 118-130 degrees Fahrenheit. It is often used to heat the hands and feet. A person dips a hand or foot into the paraffin ten times to form a thick coating of paraffin around the area being treated. The hand or foot is then wrapped in a towel for up to 20 minutes. This allows all the hand or foot joints to warm up. Paraffin is often used to treat arthritis.
Whirlpools: Whirlpools are special bath tubs that are kept at temperatures 98-104 degrees Fahrenheit. The area of the body to be treated is placed in the water for 10-20 minutes. Agitation is often used to help move the heat of the water around the body part. The agitation also helps improve circulation throughout the skin.
What are Risks of Thermotherapy?
If heat is applied to the skin it should not be hot; gentle warmth will be enough. If excessive heat is applied there is a risk of burns and scalds. A towel can be placed between the heat source and the skin for protection. The skin must be checked at regular intervals. Heat should not be used on a new injury. It will increase bleeding under the skin around the injured area and may make the problem worse. The exception to this is new-onset low back strains. A lot of the pain in this case is caused by muscle spasm rather than tissue damage, so heat is often helpful. A large-scale study suggested that heat treatment had a small helpful effect on how long pain and other symptoms go on for in short-term back pain. This effect was greater when heat treatment was combined with exercise. Please note that heat should not be used in certain circumstances. For example, if the lower back is swollen or bruised, heat should not be used. Patients should consult doctors if they have heart disease or hypertension. Heat application is also not suitable for those with dermatitis, deep vein thrombosis, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, open wounds, and severe cognitive impairments.
What is TENS and When is it Used?
TENS is a battery powered device used for pain relief. It sends painless electrical signals through patches on the skin. The electrical signal travels to the nerves in the skin that transmit pain and replaces the pain with a tingling sensation. There is also some heat produced that helps ease stiffness and increases movement. The TENS also helps your body make more natural pain killers called endorphins. It is a safe, drug-free way to manage pain. A TENS can be used to treat different types of pain. It helps to reduce pain after an injury or after surgery. It can also help with muscle, back or arthritis pain.
When is TENS Not Used?
TENS should not be given to you if you have a pacemaker for your heart, unless your doctor has approved its use or blood pressure that is not controlled, either too high or too low. Electrodes should never be placed across a pregnant uterus, on your head or neck if you have a history of seizures, over broken, numb or infected skin, or active cancer areas unless your doctor has approved its use.
Use caution in your daily activities. TENS may suppress the sensation of pain that your body uses to tell you when something is wrong. Use TENS only for the condition for which the device is ordered. Talk to your doctor if you have any change in your condition or if a new condition develops. Do not leave the electrodes in place for long periods of time without checking or cleaning the skin underneath. You should not have skin irritation, rash and burns beneath the electrodes that last more than 6 hours. If you do, stop your use of TENS and call your therapist. Do not place the electrodes on irritated skin or on skin that has poor sensation. Do not drive or operate hazardous equipment when using the TENS. Do not use the device in the bath or shower. Do not use heat or cold producing devices such as heating pads or cold packs. These could change the way the electrodes work or change your sensitivity and increase your chance of injury. Do not use the device while asleep. The electrodes could come off as you move.
What is Ultrasound?
Ultrasound machines make sound waves that are too high for the human ear to hear. These sound waves travel through the skin and into the body. Gel is used between the sound head of the ultrasound machine and the skin to help the sound waves enter the body.
How Does Ultrasound Work?
Ultrasound waves create the effect of deep heat in muscles and joints. The deep heat of ultrasound increases the blood flow to the area being treated. This blood brings nutrients and carries away waste. This helps to promote healing and decrease swelling.
How Does Ultrasound Help Me?
Ultrasound helps to relieve pain and muscle spasms to release scars, stress, and stiffness in the body tissues. It also helps prepare the muscle or joint for stretching or exercise.
When is Ultrasound Used?
Ultrasound is commonly used for tendinitis or bursitis as well as general muscle and joint pain or tightness. It also is used for would healing and scar tissue release.
When is Ultrasound Not Used?
Ultrasound should not be used if you have certain types of cancer or a plastic joint implant. Please tell your therapist if you have a demand type pacemaker.
What Can I Expect During Treatment?
Ultrasound feels warm, but should not feel hot or uncomfortable. Let your therapist know if you are feeling a sensation of heat, tingling, or burning. Please feel free to ask your therapist questions you have about this treatment.
Is Exercise Safe For Those With Acute Or Chronic Inactive And Sedentary Lifestyles?
Exercise is safe for everyone and depends on the type, intensity, frequency, and duration of a specific activity. If inactivity has withstood for a long time, start out at a low level of effort and work up slowly. Beginning slowly will help increase fitness without straining the body. The general theory of conditioning is based on a progression principle. For example, start with walking, biking, hiking, swimming, or climbing stairs at a comfortable pace and then gradually do more, or start strengthening exercises with body weight and gradually add load, repetition, resistance, or modifications. Talk with a doctor if deciding to start a vigorous exercise program or significantly increase physical activity.
Is Exercise Safe For Those With Arthritis, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, And/Or Heart Disease?
Studies show that people with arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease benefit from regular exercise and physical activity. In some cases, exercise actually can improve some of these conditions. Talk with a doctor about how a particular health condition might affect an ability to be active.
Why Are People Told To "Rest", “Relax”, “Save Our Strength”, or “Take It Easy”?
Regular physical activity is very important to the health and abilities of injured or older people. In fact, studies show that "taking it easy" is risky. For the most part, when injured or older people lose their ability to do things on their own, it doesn’t happen just because of damage or aging. It is usually because they’re not active or moving poorly. According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health, inactive people are nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who are more active. Lack of physical activity also can lead to more visits to the doctor, more hospitalizations, and more use of medicines for a variety of illnesses.
How Much Exercise Is Safe?
The goal is to achieve at least 20-30 minutes of moderate-intensity endurance activity on most or all days of the week. Every day is best, but doing anything correctly is better than doing anything incorrectly, which is better than doing nothing at all. Try to do all four types of fitness (endurance, balance, flexibility, and strength). Try to do postural dynamic interval training during daily activities in mild to moderate progressions. Train strength exercises for all the major muscle groups on 2 days a week for 20-30 minute sessions each, but avoid strength exercises of the same muscle group 2 days in a row. Total body workouts work out best, while slight modifications in body positions and pace will determine how dynamically stable fitness is.
How Intense Should Exercise Be?
People differ in how much load can be lifted, how many repetitions of stairs may be met, how much stamina for a long and steep hill climbed in order to reach a moderate or vigorous level of exercise. What is easy for one person is hard for another, and vice versa. Match the activity to personal needs and abilities, but ask for help when stuck. Start light and build up from there. The body can listen, envision, and emote. Be mindfully aware. During moderate activity, for instance, the feeling of pushing close, yet not near the limit. As fitness progresses, gradually make activities more challenging and difficult to go beyond previous plateaus and limits. Generally, the more novel, often vigorous the activity, the more health benefits will be achieved.
How Long Does It Take To Feel And See Results?
Once beginning being physically active, some feel and see results in a few weeks or months. Many feel stronger and more energetic than before. Little things to notice are that things are easier, faster, or for longer than before without pain or discomfort. As fitness progresses, make activities more challenging to see additional results.
Why Are Activities Of Daily Living Not Enough?
One way to find out is to document an Activity Log. List physical activities that get the body moving, such as yard work, gardening, walking, cleaning, or climbing stairs. Contrast the Activity Log with the Lazy Log where sitting, sleeping, screening, laying down, or leisurely making the same rookie mechanical mistakes as a substitute effort for recreation. There are many ways to be active every day. The key is to do all four of the major types of exercises effectively, regularly, while increasing a level of fitness and momentum over time.
Why Should People Exercise?
Research shows that exercise and physical activity can maintain and even improve physical and mental health. For example, exercise and physical activity can help manage and even prevent diseases such as heart and lung disease, diabetes, arthritis, as well as osteoporosis. Exercise also may help alleviate and avoid certain conditions like anxiety, depression, addiction, attention-deficits, and post-traumatic stress syndrome.
How Does Exercise Become A Lifestyle?
People are more likely to keep doing enjoyable activities, if fit into said schedule, if benefits are believable, and if feeling safe and correct. Making a contract or partnership with a friend or family member also may help keep commitment. Setting small, realistic goals, checking progress, and rewards when goals are reached can also help. If sticking with an exercise routine or physical activity for at least 3-6 months is a positive sign that progress is being made to making mindful physical activity a regular habit.
When Is Exercise Possible?
There are a number of ways to fit exercise and physical activity into anyone's schedule. For example, exercise first thing in the morning before the day gets too busy, or combine physical activity with a task that’s already part of the day, such as walking silly with the dog or doing household chores standing, squatting, lunging and pivoting. If 20-30 minutes of exercise is not possible, for whatever reason, seek 3-10 minute intervals.
What is Essential Equipment To Exercise?
For many activities, equipment or special clothing are unnecessary. All required for stamina is brisk walking, for example, is a pair of comfortable, non-skid shoes. For strength training, try modifying body weight exercises or dynamic resistance within like moving through water or clay. Make weights from recyclable household items like sandbags, backpacks, and jars. Many community centers offer free or low-cost exercise programs for the elderly or injured. Check with local parks and recreation department or senior center about the facilities and programs in the area. In addition, some local fitness centers may offer elder or injured discounts.
How Does Illness Or Injury Affect Exercise?
If a few days or weeks of exercise are missed because of an injury or illness, don’t be discouraged. For rehabilitation, some injuries and illnesses take a few days, while more severe ones take up to weeks or months. Once recovered, start again, and be successful. Talk with a doctor about when you can resume your regular routine. When beginning, aim for half the effort put in when halted, then gradually build back up. With a little time and patience, aim for the same, or a better, fitness level.
How Does Exercise Lessen Fatigue?
Once becoming active, increase in energy and endurance is normal. As more progress is made, noticeably things are easier, faster, and longer reaching than before. Rest and sleep are more relaxing or dreaming deeper than with an inactive sedentary lifestyle. This allows repair and recovery to bodies and brains in order to function optimally. Regular, moderate exercise helps reduce fatigue and even helps manage stress.
Why Do I Not See Improvements After Exercise?
As bodies get used to a level of exercise, individual exercise variability is essential, or engage more intensity or intelligence in order to see additional progress. If possible, increase the width, length, or load to an exercise. Do the activities more often, or add new physical activities to your routine.
What Age Should I Stop Exercise?
When ready to call it quits. Yes, staying active is important throughout life. Regular exercise and physical activity help people strong and fit enough to keep doing the things they enjoy. No matter what the age, people can find activities that meet their physical or mental fitness level and needs.
What Shoes Are Best For Walking Exercises?
Footwear are a recent invention in human evolution. Foot fibers need to move too. Barefoot or socks are to walk in sand, soil, and rock. Look for sensible shoes that support personal feet when on asphalt, concrete, or tile. Make sure a flat, non-skid sole is comfortable. Avoid shoes with thick, heavy soles. If tying laces is difficult, seek shoes with Velcro®. When buying shoes, try several pairs to be certain of getting a pair that fits well.
What Exercise Best Enhances Walking?
Most people tend to focus on one type of exercise or activity and think they’re doing enough. Try to do all four types including endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance because each one has different benefits. Doing one kind also can improve your ability to do the others. In addition, variety helps reduce boredom and risk of injury.
Are Exercise Classes, Groups, or Private Sessions Best?
There are many ways to be active. The key is to find activities enjoyable and challenging. If seeking individual activities, try swimming, gardening, or walking. Dancing or playing tennis may be an option for two-person activities. If group activities appeal, try a sport such as basketball or join an exercise class. Some people find that going to a gym regularly or working with a fitness trainer maintains motivation.
How Can Overweight And Obese People Exercise?
All kinds of physical activities are possible, including the four types of exercise shown in this guide. Try walking, water exercises, dancing, or weight lifting. Anything that gets bodies moving even for only a few minutes a day in the beginning is a healthy start. Large people may face special challenges. For example, bending, twisting, and walking easily, or feeling self-conscious. Facing these challenges is hard but it can be done. Feel good about what can be achieved, and to keep trying is the real reward. It will get easier.
Why Is Being, Feeling, Or Looking Healthy, Watching Weight And Diet Not Enough?
Eating a nutritious diet and maintaining a healthy weight are only part of a healthy lifestyle. Regular physical activity is important to the physical and mental health of almost everyone, including older adults. Being physically active can help people stay strong and fit enough to keep doing the things enjoyable and to stay independent as golden years loom. Together, healthy habits such as physical activity, a balanced diet, clean air and water, as well as not smoking tobacco, moderating screen time, easing away from alcohol, sugar, dairy and meat will help attain an overall better quality of life and health.
Who Needs Custom Foot Orthotics?
If required, all ages can benefit from a foot orthotic. From discomfort in the foot due to fallen arches to severe problems such as diabetic foot ulcers, a foot orthotic can help a wide range of patients. A detailed assessment from a footwear and orthotic expert, including a trained chiropractor, can confirm if a foot orthotic will assist a patient with a particular foot, leg, or even back problem.
Why Should People Pay for Custom Foot Orthotics Instead of Buying Ready-Made Insoles at a Drug Store?
Custom made foot orthotics are made specifically for an individual based on the unique medical and biomechanical requirements of the person. The ready-made insoles that are found at many different stores are made to fit everyone and are sized according to shoe size. They do not take into consideration the different foot shapes and anatomy, but are made to try and fit everyone. In some cases the ready-made insoles work well and serve an important purpose. For many people however, the unique issues that are creating problems can only be solved by a pair of custom made foot orthotics. If you have foot or leg problems, schedule an appointment with your chiropractor or other health practitioner for a proper diagnosis. Then, we can assess your individual needs and make a recommendation that is right for you - sometimes that includes ready made insoles or sometimes custom made foot orthotics but sometimes no intervention at all!
Do Foot Orthotics Hurt?
No. The foot orthotics should not create new pain or aggravate existing pain. There is always a break-in, or transition period for anything that one puts under the feet to retrain movement. There should be NO PAIN associated with this transition period, only an unfamiliar new feeling to get used to. The mind is an amazing tool and helps us to quickly adapt to new things, this transition period should only last for a few days. If you feel any increased or new pain, or if you have any concerns or questions, you should contact your practitioner If the orthotics do cause pain - DO NOT WEAR THEM.
Is There Insurance Coverage for Foot Orthotics?
In some cases there is funding for Orthotic Devices. Some insurance policies (Employee Benefits) may provide funding or partial funding. Please check your personal policy as each policy is unique. You may require a medical doctor’s prescription for custom orthotics and be sure to check which practitioners are listed to provide the devices.
What do Foot Orthotics Look Like?
The appearance of a foot orthotic depends on what condition it is designed to treat and the type of shoe it will be worn in. Your Chiropractor will work closely with you to determine the type of over-the- counter device or custom-made foot orthotic that is most appropriate for your individual support and footwear needs. The type of device depends on many factors, including: the patient’s lifestyle, athletic activities, foot type, and the problems the patient is encountering. Depending on its purpose, the size of a custom-made foot orthotic may vary significantly from the full length of the foot to a short device that ends behind the metatarsal heads (ball of the foot). Smaller devices are usually designed to fit in shoes that do not have a removable inlay, such as dress shoes. A foot orthotic can be made from materials ranging from soft foam for extra comfort to hard plastic, depending on a patient’s needs.
Why are Foot Orthotics Important in Proper Footwear?
A shoe acts as a foundation for the foot and provides a stable base for the foot orthotic. Wearing appropriate footwear is imperative, as the footwear itself is an important treatment method. A foot orthotic can be rendered less effective if it is placed in inferior footwear as the shoe may work against the features of the orthotic. The orthotic is only as good as the shoe it goes into.
How Long do Foot Orthotics Last?
The lifespan of a foot orthotic varies from patient to patient. The materials used to make the foot orthotic, the patient’s foot structure, levels of activity, age and physical condition all impact the orthotic’s lifespan. The lifespan of a foot orthotic should not be measured by when the cover material wears out but by how long the orthotic meets the foot’s changing needs for support, correction and pressure redistribution. If your symptoms begin to return it is a good idea to have your orthotic reassessed to determine if modifications, new top cover material, or a new device are necessary.
What is the Difference Between an “Orthotic” and “Orthosis”?
Nothing. “Orthosis” is the clinical term that physicians and healthcare providers frequently use and “orthotic” is the more commonly used term by the general public.
What Should People Bring to Their Appointment?
When you come for your first appointment, make sure you bring any information that is relevant to the reason for the appointment. You should bring:
any notes or test results from other health care professionals such as your physiotherapist, occupational therapist, chiropractor, chiropodist; if the appointment is regarding your feet or legs, bring the shoes you most commonly wear; any devices that you may have worn in the past (previous foot orthotics or braces); if the appointment is regarding your legs or knees, bring shorts; make sure that you know your insurance information; your schedule in the case that you need to book another appointment; any other information that you think may help us do our job better
What is Microcurrent?
Microcurrent is the same electrical energy as a human heartbeat. A heart monitor with the beeping blips on the device reflects the electrical energy that a heart produces.
How Does Microcurrent Work?
The tiny electrical signal generated by each heartbeat communicates via soundwave with every cell in the body 70x faster than any chemical or hormone via the nervous system and collagen network. Hearts communicate with different cells by different frequencies. Just like tuning a radio, nerve cells or muscle cells or blood vessels are contacted at different frequencies. Microcurrent speaks the body's own language and uses its own internal communication pathways to help repair damaged tissues.
What Does Biofeedback Mean?
Adding a biofeedback component to the microcurrent stimulation means the body talks back, and the current signal produced by the machine is altered based on the results to be more effective in responding to the body's needs.
What Does Neuromodulation Mean?
The signal being sent to the body is continuously modified to prevent adaptation where the body gets used to the signal and then ignores it. As a result, the body opens up to the signals requiring less power over time to achieve the same results.
How Does Microcurrent Relieve Pain?
Pain is caused primarily by inflammation. All diseases that end in -itis refer to an inflammation of the area (pancreatitis, tendonitis, plantar fascitis, diabetes mellitis, etc.). When injured, antibodies, chemicals, cells and fluids are sent through the blood vessels to the damaged area to make repairs. Think of a sprained ankle swelling up. Unfortunately, in many cases these things clog up the area and get in the way of the healing process. This is made worse by the damaged cells in the area and the waste products accumulated during repairs. Not until the swelling reduces and the area opens up can healing really begin. The process of healing is referred to as the Inflammatory process. There are 5 steps to it, but sometimes it gets stuck in the middle. This becomes chronic inflammation that blocks the body's normal communication pathways preventing normal repair messages from being transmitted to groups of cells. Think of nerves like rivers, then inflammation is like a beaver dam. These are the source of pain. Microcurrent stimulation first removes these beaver dams getting the blockages out of the way and allowing the healing process to continue. Once the pathways are opened up, the cells that have been hidden behind the blockage and starved are visible to the brain again. Second, microcurrent stimulates certain groups of cells to markedly speed up the healing process and gives them the energy they need to do so (up to 500% of normal). This works for both new and old injuries. Even after an injured area is healed, the scar tissue that remains continues to scramble the communication system. Scar tissue itself can be a source of pain signals. Microcurrent stimulation can straighten out the scar tissue to prevent this problem. The scars will fade and sometimes go away completely, but even if they don't this stops them from causing further communication problems.
How is Microcurrent Different From TENS?
There are two kinds of electrical stimulators generically referred to as TENS units. TENS stands for transcutaneous (across the skin tissue) electrical nerve stimulation. Actual TENS units currently require a physician's prescription to obtain. They are designed to target the nerves themselves, causing interference and temporarily numbing them to block pain signals. When nerves wake up, the pain returns so relief is temporary. The more common type of electrical stimulator on the market today is actually an EMS unit. EMS stands for electrical muscle stimulation. They are available over the counter. Instead of targeting the nerves, they use a different program/frequency to target the muscles. It forces the muscles themselves to move. This is why it's good for physical therapy and athletes, it exercises muscles more effectively than we could do consciously. Just like going to the gym, it puts stress on the body. Too much force can be painful. And if stimulated for too long, the muscles get tired and ache just like overdoing an exercise routine. Instead of forcing the body to respond, microcurrent speaks the body's own language which does not cause stress but instead helps the healing process to occur naturally. With a TENS or EMS unit, the body adapts so power levels need to be continually increased to achieve the same effects which can be very painful. Microcurrent is the opposite; as the body's communication pathways are opened the body becomes more receptive and the power levels are actually turned down. Microcurrent is approved in the category of TENS devices by the FDA. TENS devices deliver milliamp current and block pain messages that are trying to get up the spine to the brain. Microcurrent delivers subsensory microamperage current, 1000 times less than milli-amperage current, which has been shown in published studies to increase ATP production in tissues.
Is Microcurrent Painful?
No. There is no pressure applied and no needles. It feels like a mild tingling sensation and sometimes a tapping massage. Power levels are adjusted based on response. It should never be uncomfortable or hurt in any way. Additionally, if an area initially hurts to be touched, microcurrent can be generated in an electrical field that does not require the device to touch the skin to provide pain relief (biofeedback is not possible without skin contact).
Is Microcurrent More Effective Than Medication?
Of course! Microcurrent works much faster than medications since the electrical signals happen so much faster than medications absorbed through the gastrointestinal system or even muscular intravenous injections. All medications have side effects and do not repair postural or structural problems. Medications are designed to mask pain and regulate symptoms rather than fix function.
What Research is Available to Validate Microcurrent's Effectiveness?
Microcurrent has been around for 10-15 years in Russia with a device known as the SCENAR. Much research has been done on the properties of microcurrent itself. However, it is only in the last 2 years or so that CBD has been using devices that introduce the biofeedback component to the technology and expand the frequency range capable of being produced. NASA has also been studying it, referring to it as neuromodulation. There is also mountains of research on Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMFs) and their effects on the body. PEMFs are also low energy similar to microcurrent and are produced by nature and electronic devices (such as cellphones). All of these different avenues of research have led to the highly effective technology available today.
Is Microcurrent FDA Approved?
Yes! Microcurrent devices are FDA cleared for symptomatic relief and management of chronic intractable pain, post-traumatic and post-surgical pain. There are many more uses that have also been shown to be effective, particularly in wound healing. The devices themselves are covered under the TENS unit umbrella of treatment devices and require a prescription for home use. Microcurrent has been the Gold Standard for treating non-healing bone fusions for many years. Other types of microcurrent devices are also very commonly used for cosmetic treatments of acne, wrinkles, and other signs of aging.
What Results Does Microcurrent Provide?
Results will vary depending on the location of the pain, the cause of the pain, the length of time it has been present, and other factors such as hydration and smoking. However, all types of pain can be reduced. Sometimes only one treatment is required. For example, phantom pain from amputations requires only one brief treatment to essentially re-program the brain that there is nothing wrong there. Other chronic conditions such as RSD, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Diabetic Neuropathy, etc. require multiple treatments over a period of time. Recurring conditions such as Bursitis, Tendonitis, Migraines, Concussions and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be relieved quickly but require re-treatment if they return.
What Conditions Does Microcurrent Treat?
Doctors are just beginning to discover all the possibilities that speaking the body's own language opens up. The body has an amazing capacity to heal itself when helped to get it out of its own way and include the brain in the healing process. Wound care, scoliosis, hormone imbalances, post-traumatic stress disorder, diabetes, COPD, vascular diseases and more have been successfully treated using the Dolphin device. The FDA has not approved these devices specifically for anything but pain management, and does not endorse them for diagnosis or treatment of other disease conditions. Off-label use of medications and other therapies are very common and are the beginning of progress, research, and additional FDA approvals over time. Most diseases that appear as aging continues are a result of chronic inflammation. Diabetes, COPD, arthritis, low back pain, osteoporosis, cardiac disease and even many cancers result directly from long-term inflammation. When the inflammation is removed, the disease stops advancing and begins to retreat as the body does what it is designed to do and heals the damage. Nerves, bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles will regenerate over time once the barriers are removed. The possibilities are mind-boggling since longer does aging mean living with pain and disability!
Why do General Practitioners & Family Doctors Not Recommend Microcurrent?
Microcurrent is too new. It was only approved by the AMA for inclusion in the MD Scope of Practice in 2015. Information takes time to spread. Unless a physician is currently in school or very up to date on the latest research and developments in the pain management specialty, they probably have not been exposed to it yet. Even those who might have heard of it may not believe it. Without training and understanding, it seems too good to be true. Only seeing repeated results over time will really convince most practitioners to begin incorporating new technology into their way of doing things. Ask them about it, show them the research, let them discover the evidence, and help spread the good news. CBD is happy to answer any questions, train anyone who wants to learn, and work with primary care providers to help patients achieve the best possible outcomes and get their quality of life back. Microcurrent will revolutionize medicine as we know it as the next generation embraces it.
How Much Does Microcurrent Cost?
Different practitioners and providers charge different amounts. There are multiple models of the equipment that range from the very basic (around $500) to the top of the line (more than $4000). Once engaged in consult with a provider they will be able to help determine how often treatments should be and if equipment at home is needed and what model will be most beneficial.
Does Insurance Cover Microcurrent?
Under the FDA's approval of TENS unit therapy, most insurance does cover microcurrent. However, amounts per treatment or per unit are capped. New technology is always more expensive, so most of the time insurance plans only cover part of the cost.
Is Microcurrent Safe for Home Use?
After an initial consultation, devices may be sold or rented for use at home between treatments with a prescription. Arrangements will be made on an individual basis depending on the recommended treatment plan.
What is Electro-Acupuncture?
Electro-Acupuncture is a term used for the pulsating electrical current directly to acupuncture points on the body. Based on the Ancient Chinese healing art of acupuncture, electro-acupuncture first developed in the 1930s in China. Just like traditional acupuncture, electro-acupuncture is based on the belief that a flow of one's life force (known as the “qi”) runs through the body along certain meridians. Blockages in these meridians can lead to pain, illness and general poor health. Traditionally, acupuncture needles were used to stimulate specific pressure points on the body that corresponded with the meridians; this stimulation relieved blockages in the nerve vessels for enhanced wellness. Today, scientists understand that the Ancient Chinese concept of the “qi” is similar to our concept of the nervous system. By stimulating the nervous system, acupuncture stimulates specific physiological responses in the body, such as the increased release of endorphins, which minimizes pain. When you have a bruise on your forearm, the black-purple-green coloration is a blockage of blood and energy. Aside from the multi-color formation, it is tender to the touch. The minute blood and energy starts to return to its normal state, you feel better. Where simple bruising typically heals on its own, other conditions require further assistance. That is where evolved forms of acupuncture comes into play. Respected institutes such as the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health agree, “Results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches. Therefore, acupuncture appears to be a reasonable option for people with chronic pain to consider.”
How is Electro-Acupuncture Different From Traditional Acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be effective, but there are alternative methods that have advanced the practice. There is an invasive method Modern science has studied acupuncture extensively and discovered improved efficiency with non-invasive needle-free tools and methods. With Microcurrent Point Stimulation (MPS), instead of having to lay still on the table for 30-45 minutes with needles inserted, wiggled, or electrically stimulated, experience the benefits of acupuncture and electro-acupuncture in comfort. MPS is a portable unit which mirrors the traditional model, where a pen-like device emits a low-voltage DC current to topically stimulate the same trigger points that acupuncturists use. The most popular MPS therapy device is called the Dolphin Neurostim. The device is “intelligent” with the ability of locating the precise acupuncture point where highest resistance in nerve vessels occur, then with the press of a button, the current is transmitted directly to the area. In fact, research published in the prestigious Medical Acupuncture Journal confirms efficacy of MPS Therapy, with a 100% reduction in pain for a car crash victim.
When is Electro-Acupuncture Used?
Electro-acupuncture may be uses as part of any acupuncture or pain relief treatment. In particular, electro-acupuncture is effective for treating neurological diseases, chronic pain, muscle spasms and paralysis. If you have recently sustained a sports injury, electro-acupuncture can help promote the flow of fresh, oxygen with nutrient-rich blood to the injury site, which is essential for healing.
When is Electro-Acupuncture NOT Used?
Electro-acupuncture should not be used on patients who have a history of seizures, epilepsy, heart disease or strokes, or on patients with pacemakers. It should also not be performed on a patient's head or throat, or directly over the heart.
Is Electro-Acupuncture Painful?
No; electro-acupuncture is generally a pain-free experience. Just like traditional acupuncture, an initial prick when the needle or pen is placed in the pressure point may be felt. However, this sensation is temporary. Most patients find the pulsing electrode to be very soothing and relaxing.
How Many Electro-Acupuncture Treatments are Required?
Since every individual experiences pain differently, a custom treatment program is designed to match one's specific wellness needs. In general, patients benefit from a series of sessions over 4 to 10 weeks for maximum results. Some patients experience pain relief immediately after the first treatment session; others may need additional sessions.
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