Chiropractic Therapy and Modalities: What They Are & How They Can Help You
When you think of chiropractic care, most likely the first thing that comes to mind is manual adjustments where the chiropractor “cracks and pops” your neck and back. Manual adjustments are very popular and incredibly beneficial for overall health, but if you are someone with a chronic condition that causes you pain and discomfort, you might need a little more than an adjustment to get optimal results. Chiropractors have many different modalities that treat a wide variety of conditions to help you heal and feel your best, so let’s dive into what those are and how they can upgrade your experience at your next appointment.
1.) Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
Also commonly known as TENS. TENS units are very commonly recommended by not only chiropractors but also physical therapists and MDs. They work by administering a low voltage of an electrical current down to the nerve that is causing you pain. Once the electricity reaches the nerve, it interrupts the pain signal which in turn helps ease your symptoms. This therapy can be recommended for many different conditions such as sciatica, tech neck, neuropathy, arthritic conditions, degenerative disc conditions, injuries, and general pain. It is not advised to use a TENS unit unless recommended by a medical professional.
2.) Ultrasound Therapy
Ultrasound is a common physical therapy practice that can be used to treat conditions such as arthritis, muscle injury or spasm, inflammatory conditions, painful scar tissue, sprains, bursitis, tendonitis, muscle tears and more. Ultrasound works using electrical currents and soundwaves that penetrate deep into the tissue and generate heat, which increases blood flow and helps the tissue heal itself.
3.) Paraffin Wax
Paraffin Wax is an amazing tool for pain and injury to small joints such as the hand and wrist, ankle and foot, and elbows. The process of using paraffin wax is quite relaxing, it’s used by dipping the injured hand/foot into a container filled with warm wax multiple times until the desired amount is reached. This provides deep penetrating heat therapy which increases blood flow and reduces pain. The heat makes this therapy amazing for arthritic conditions, sprains, and helps to aid in the recovery process after an injury.
4.) Dry Needling
Dry needling is an advanced and modernized form of acupuncture. This therapy works by inserting thin needles into specific trigger points, whilst running an electrical current down to the muscle belly which helps to relieve spasming. This technique has proven very effective for chronic pain, and trigger points or muscle “knots”, especially in the neck and upper traps. Patients can expect noticeable improvement directly after the treatment.
5.) Stretching and Strengthening Exercises
Similar to physical therapy, chiropractic therapy consists of customizable stretching and strengthening programs, curated by the doctor, for your specific condition. These programs can help in the rehabilitation process for sprains, tears, fractures, and muscle weakness due to injury.
Chiropractic treatment is much more than just adjustments; chiropractors can treat many different conditions, and are not limited to only back and neck issues! At our office, we offer all of the chiropractic modalities listed above and more. Give our office a call to book an appointment with our chiropractor, and see what therapies might be right for you and your condition! 615-448-6446
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PARAFFIN WAX- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3809244/
DRY NEEDLING- https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/16542-dry-needling