Our office offers a full host of therapeutic modalities to ease your pain and help you get back on the track of great health. After determining the cause of your health care problem, the doctor will prescribe a personalized treatment program that may include the use of these modalities. Most of the therapies available in our office and their uses are described below. We frequently add new therapies as they become available. It is our commitment to our patients to have the most modern equipment available.
Aqua Therapy Massage
Dry hydrotherapy (also known as hydromassage, aquamassage, water massage) is a self-contained massage device consisting of a table or chair. The individual sits or lies back completely clothed on top of a waterproof barrier that contains interior jets, which rotate and pulsate while releasing streams of pressurized heated water along the body. The pressure of the water against the body provides the massage. It is intended to relieve pain, increase blood circulation, range of motion (ROM), and decrease the need for other therapies by combining the effects of hydrotherapy, massage therapy, acupressure, thermotherapy, soft tissue manipulation, and trigger point therapy. There is no peer-reviewed published literature on dry hydrotherapy.
Cold Laser Therapy
Cold laser therapy, or low level laser therapy, is a treatment in which a cold laser is used to treat acute and chronic pain. It is also called a “soft laser.” If you suffer from back pain, joint pain, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, neuropathy, neck pain, or other related health conditions, cold laser therapy might be a viable solution for you.
Cold laser therapy works by increasing the levels of serotonin to help your body heal itself. The therapy is noninvasive and non-thermal. The cold laser was derived from phototherapy, a light healing method developed more than 30 years ago. In phototherapy, a special type of light penetrates the surface of the skin as well as underlying tissues to stimulate natural healing in the body. The low level laser light used in cold laser therapy is actually the compressed light of a wavelength from the red part of the light spectrum, or the cold part.
During the cold laser process, the body’s cells are exposed to photon energy, which in turn increases the cells’ metabolism, helps to develop muscle tissue and collagen, improves blood circulation, stimulates tissue repair and the healing of wounds, and stimulates the nervous and immune systems.
Ultrasound is used to help in the healing of soft-tissue injuries such as sprains, strains, bursitis, and tendonitis. Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce an increase in temperature in the affected area. It comes in the form of a hand-held wand that is covered in a warm gel and placed on the skin over the area of injury. Ultrasound is effective in speeding up healing, decreasing calcium deposits, increasing blood flow, and reducing nerve irritation or pain. Our patient’s describe this therapy as “warm and soothing.”
Ceragem is a thermal massage table that combines massage & Acupressure with Radiant Infrared heated jade (moxibustion effect) and Epoxy Carbon Panel. It relaxes muscles around the spine relieving pressure on the spinal cord, improving blood circulation and restoring Qi as the roller projectors move along the body. (Qi is the Chinese word for vitality, life-force, and power.)
The result is an increase in your body’s own natural, powerful healing abilities and a boost to your body’s own systemic balance. Dr. Bedford and Healthcare Chiropractic is an authorized Ceragem Dealer.
Spinal Decompression Therapy
Non surgical spinal decompression is a gentle and painless procedure that creates negative pressure inside the involved disc(s), allowing them to imbibe (absorb) fluid and nutrients, which can reverse the degenerative and/or desiccation process in these structures, while significantly reducing the disc bulge(s) or herniation(s). In so doing, stress is reduced in the adjacent posterior joints, making them less painful. Most patients even fall asleep during these sessions.
Flexion Distraction Technique
If you’re suffering from back, neck or leg pain, your chiropractor may use a number of different techniques to locate the root cause and release tension or pressure in the affected area. The Flexion Distraction Technique is a non-surgical spinal manipulation adjustment technique that helps to stop pain immediately by realigning the spine.
This technique also restores range of motion in the joints and muscles, thereby increasing flexibility and improving your posture. Alternative to back surgery, and is commonly used in patients who are still suffering from back pain after extensive surgery, or are in the rehabilitation phase and want to improve their recovery results. The technique is designed to realign the spine by applying pressure in key areas of the back; the chiropractor effectively decompresses the discs by applying a gentle stretch to the lower spine, and a series of repetitive movements and thrusts to reduce pressure.
The Flexion-Distraction technique is typically performed on a special table that helps to separate the thoracic, cervical and lumbar spinal joints. Only slight pressure is applied to the body throughout the process, and the goal is decrease pressure and decompress the inflamed areas around the spine to restore nerve functioning. The table is specifically designed to suit a pregnant patient at their full term.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation
Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation and electromyostimulation uses electrical impulses to induce contraction. A portable apparatus, which has detachable electrodes are used to deliver impulses to the skin. Pads are lubricated prior to skin contact to serve as a medium for conduction of current. The most common ES is the Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation unit (TENS), a useful tool in treating various medical conditions such as sprains, low back pain, and arthritic patients because of its observable benefits.
Intersegmental Traction is used to induce motion into the spine. This therapy comes in the form of a table that you lay on. Inside of the table are three rollers that rotate and move from head to toe. The rollers gently roll up and down your spine. In addition to the incredible relaxation that you feel, this therapy is very beneficial to the health of your spine. Research shows that by putting your spine through this type of motion, you not only increase the range of motion of your spine but you pump the discs that are between the vertebrae of the spine. This is very helpful in preventing disc degeneration and “slipped discs”. This traction also improves the circulation of the spinal fluid that bathes the spinal cord and gives it it’s nutrition. How would our patients describe this therapy? Let’s suffice it to say that after their first intersegmental traction treatment, most of them want to buy one for their home!