Rehabilitive Care

Physical Therapeutics

machineElectro-Muscle Stimulation
What is this?
Electro-Muscle Stimulation is a special form of electrical current that is administered at the site of a soft tissue injury, especially muscles, for the blocking of pain.
How does it work?
Small amounts of electrical current are induced into affected soft tissues to decrease spacticity and reduce swelling. This widely used technique safely strengthens muscles and helps reduce painful symptoms.
What does it feel like?
Patients generally feel a slight tingling sensation at first. Since your body may become accustomed to the initial setting, the intensity may be raised during the course of your treatment, for maximum healing effect.
Why’s it used?
Electro-Muscle Stimulation has been used as an effective form of pain relief. It is recommended in cases in which pain is accompanied by swelling, inflammation, and muscle spasticity.

What is it?
Ultrasound is a therapeutic treatment using high-frequency sound waves administered in the region of soft tissue injuries.
How does it work?
Sound vibrations, as fast as a million times per second, penetrate tissues deep in the body, creating a heat response. These vibrations and heat help break down and disperse unhealthy calcium and other hard tissue accumulations.
What does it feel like?
The gel pad used to conduct the sound waves is at room temperature and may momentarily feel cool to the skin when it is initially applied. Most patients feel nothing, or a pleasant and relaxing sensation below the surface of the skin.
Why is it used?
Ultrasound treatment can usually be administered directly to the area of complaint, penetrating deep into the body. The rise in temperature increases blood flow, relaxes muscle spasms, massages damaged tissues and speeds the healing process.

Interferential Electro-Therapy
What is it?
It is a therapeutic treatment to aid in the relief of pain and the promotion of soft tissue healing.
How does it work?
Tiny amounts of electrical impulses are induced in the tissues in the vicinity of the injury. Where these waves intersect below the surface of the skin, a low-frequency stimulation is created. This prompts the body to secrete endorphins and other natural pain killers to help relieve pain.
What does it feel like?
Most patients find Interferential Electro-Therapy to be extremely beneficial and describe the treatment as a faint “pins and needles” sensation.
Why would this be used?
Interferential Electro-Therapy is most often used for pain relief and to aid in reducing the swelling of soft tissues. Ligament sprains, muscle strains and spasms often respond to this treatment, helping to reduce atrophy and increase blood circulation.

Theraband-rehab-and-training-stationResistance Band will help to:

  • Improve your muscular endurance and strength
  • Attain better posture, balance, body awareness and co-ordination
  • Improve your balance and flexibility

This comprehensive rehabilitation system for upper and lower extremities features a multi-dimensional design with three planes of movement to teach patients the same proven TheraBand system of progression they will use at home.
Traction Devices

tractionbedsIntersegmental Traction Tables
What is this?
Intersegmental traction (IST) is a way of inducing passive motion into the spine for the purpose of stretching spinal joints and increasing mobility.
How does it work?
The patient lies face up on a bench table which has roller-type cams beneath its surface. These rollers can slowly travel the length of the spine, stretching spinal joints.
What does IST feel like?
Most patients find this form of treatment to be relaxing and very helpful. The gentle rolling action is restful, exercising the spine without effort.
Cervical Tractioncervicaltraction

What is this?
Cervical traction is a way of “stretching out” your cervical/mid spine for the purpose of relieving pressure on the disc, reducing nerve irritation and muscle spasms.
How does it work?
The patient lies face up on the table which has roller-type cams beneath its surface. These rollers can slowly travel the length of the spine, stretching spinal joints. The patients head is placed into the head piece that is attached to the table, which allows for the gentle “stretch” feeling.
What does Cervical Traction feel like?
Most patients find this very relaxing and beneficial. It allows for some pain relief in the problem area while stretching the spine. The massaging rollers combined with the cervical (neck) pull allow for a relaxing, helpful addition to your adjustment.

distractiontableLumbar Distraction

What is this?
Lumbar Distraction is used to decompress the spine, remove irritation to constricted nerves and stretch tight lumbar musculature. This may be used if you have low back pain, disc injury, leg pain (sciatica), muscle tightness, etc.
How does it work?
The patient lies face down on the table. The lumbar (bottom) section of the table drops down towards the floor in a smooth motion. This allows the gentle stretch of the muscles in the lower back.
What does Lumbar Distraction feel like?
Patients will find that Lumbar Distraction is a relaxing, soothing treatment if you have pain/tightness in your low back.