Spinal rehabilitation has undergone significant changes in the past 10-15 years. What used to focus on strength training has shifted to “spinal stabilization” training. Studies show a poor correlation between an increased prevalence in spinal pain to weak muscles or strong muscles. However, studies do show a good correlation between an increased prevalence in spinal pain to poor muscle coordination and stabilization of the spinal muscles. Therefore, the use of an unstable surface such as a “Swiss gym ball” improves the coordination and stabilizing abilities of the spinal muscles. When performed properly, under proper supervision, this has been shown to result in a reduced incidence of back pain. Performing rehab on a Swiss ball without proper instructions on your particular condition may not be helpful, and may be harmful. Not everybody has the exact same problem, so not everybody should be doing the exact same rehab exercises.
Since our offices work on a number of injuries that have nothing to do with the spine, we are well versed and equipped to properly rehabilitate many other conditions. We can do this in office, or if you prefer, prescribe home exercises and stretches that you can do at your own convenience.
Our offices are also equipped with electric muscle stim (EMS), ultrasound and hot/cold packs.
Electric Muscle Stimulation
Is a form of electrical current that is used at the site of injury, especially muscles. EMS helps to reduce pain, reduce swelling and speeds the healing process. Patients generally feel a slight tingling sensation at first. Since your body may become accustom to the initial setting, the intensity may be raised during the course of treatment.
Is a form of sound waves that we can not hear but is able to penetrate into different tissues at different rates. This procedure enables the patient to have a high degree of comfort during the procedure. It can be used to control pain in the acute stage, to facilitate the healing process and improve circulation during the subacute stage, and to decrease scar tissue formation in the later stages of healing. The effects of therapeutic ultrasound include:
- increasing chemical activities
- reduce spasm
- increase Range of motion
- change the rate of exchange between cells and thereby enhancing the transfer of fluids and nutrients to the cell (increase speed of healing)