Electro-Muscle Stimulation Therapy is used in cases when pain is accompanied by swelling and inflammation. It is a specialized form of electrical current targeted to soft tissues to reduce swelling. The use of this type of therapy helps to speed the healing process by safely strengthening muscles and reducing painful symptoms. Patients often feel a slight tingling sensation when this therapy is utilized.
Ultrasound Therapy uses high-frequency sound waves, which create vibrations, that are administered in the area of soft tissue injury. These vibrations penetrate deep into the body creating a heat response. The rise in temperature aids the body's healing process by increasing blood flow to the site of injury thereby relaxing affected muscles. Also, these sound vibrations and heat help break down and disperse unhealthy calcium accumulations. Patients often find this therapy provides a relaxing sensation to the area of injury.
Heat Therapy is used to relax the muscles and increase circulation and is often used in patients that have chronic or long-lasting pain. The use of heat causes the blood vessels of affected muscles to dilate which allows them to relax and start the healing process. This therapy increases the ability of affected muscles to easily flex and stretch, lessening any stiffness and may help avoid muscle spasms.
It is important to apply heat in a schedule of time on and time off as Dr. Wright indicates.
Important Note Regarding Certain Conditions: Heat therapy should not be used on swollen or bruised tissues. Also it should not be used by patients that have diabetes, open wounds, dermatitis, deep vein thrombosis, cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension, and peripheral vascular disease.
Ice Therapy relieves temporary pain and even additional injury can be minimized or possibly avoided by the application of ice. When ice is applied in a timely manner, such as right after an injury and in an appropriate way, it can reduce inflammation. Inflammation that is not controlled can allow the source of the pain to continue doing damage to muscles, ligaments and tendons.
The use of ice to an affected tissue area causes the veins to constrict. This reduces the blood flow and at the same time acts as a kind of anesthetic to numb the pain.
Application instructions for using ice always include having a towel around the ice pack before putting it next to the skin to avoid frost bite. Also, it is important to apply the ice in a schedule of time on and time off as Dr. Wright indicates. When the ice is removed the veins compensate by expanding which then allows a large volume of blood to rush to the affected area and aid in the healing process.
Important Note Regarding Certain Conditions: Please note that ice therapy should not be used as a form of treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, Raynaud's Syndrome (a circulatory disorder of blood vessels of the extremities), paralysis, areas of impaired sensation, or colds and allergic conditions.