Massage therapy offers a natural conservative treatment approach that relieves musculoskeletal pain for many patients. Our office provides specific massage and muscular therapy that is tailored to meet the patient's condition and injury. The benefits of massage therapy may include increasing blood circulation, reducing swelling, relaxing muscles, relieving muscle pain and spasms, and aid in recovery and range of motion.
Balancing Your Energy:
The Secret to Vibrant Health
Ancient wisdom meets the cutting-edge technology:
1. What is AcuGraph?
2. What are Acupuncture Meridians?
3. How can AcuGraph help me?
4. What does my P.I.E. score mean?
Your P.I.E. (Personal Integrated Energetics) score includes a complete analysis of all your meridian pathways and reflects the overall health of your meridian energy system. A perfect score of 100 reflects complete balance and unimpeded flow of your Qi energy. A lower score means there are various imbalances that you and your healthcare practitioner should address together.
5. Why Did my Healthcare Practitioner Choose AcuGraph?
What Is Low Level Laser Therapy?
Low Level Laser Therapy stimulates a complex set of physiological reactions at the cellular level that helps to reduce swelling, reduce pain, and accelerate tissue healing. It has been found to assist patients by healing faster and more efficiently. It can be used for most soft tissue injuries.
How Does Low Level Laser Therapy Work?
Low Level Laser supplies energy to the body in the form of photons of light, which penetrates deep into the skin. Low Level laser stimulates a complex set of physiological reactions at the cellular level that helps to reduce swelling, reduce pain, and accelerate tissue healing by supplying vital oxygen and energy to the cell. This in turn stimulates the cell to heal faster and more efficiently. Low Level Laser Therapy has been found to assist many patients with faster, more efficient healing and can be used for most soft tissue injuries.
What type of Conditions Does Low Level Laser Therapy Effectively Treat?
According to published medical reports, many acute and chronic conditions may be improved or eliminated with laser use.
These conditions include:
- General joint pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Low Back Pain
- Leg Pain
- Neck Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Heel Spurs
- Plantar Fascitis
- Nerve pain/Neuralgia
- Post Operative Pain
- Knee and Knee Cap Pain
- TMJ Pain/Dysfunction
- Repetitive Stress
- Acute Injuries
- Nerve Root Pain
- Trigger Points
- Wound Healing
These are just a few conditions that are commonly treated using Low Level Laser Therapy. This is a very exciting technology that can help many people stop suffering from pain that they endure on a daily basis.
What Can I Expect During A Low Level Laser Therapy Treatment Session?
For most people, Low Level Laser Therapy is not intimidating. There are no pulsating shocks or heat felt as are with other forms of therapy. The most noticeable sensation is the touch of the probe head of the laser, as it comes in contact with the skin. Some patients (3-5% of those undergoing Low Level Laser Therapy) have reported a slight tingling or tapping in the nerve or along the nerve pathway. Some have noted that they are able to sense a slight feeling or warmth. The treatment may last from 2-20 minutes (depending on the condition). Following (and even during) a Low Level Laser Therapy session, approximately 75-80% of the patients being treated can notice immediate improvement in their condition. This will depend primarily on the condition and the length of time the condition has been present. In general, (like with most conditions), the longer you have had a condition and/or the more severe it is, the longer it takes to respond. The majority of conditions treated can take anywhere from 4-18 treatments. If the condition does not change immediately, it may take 3-4 sessions before the patient begins to see results.
Are There Any Known Side Effects?
Low Level Laser Therapy has been successfully used around the world for over 25 years, with no reported long-term or irreversible effects. This is another great opportunity for patients to stop their pain without the damaging side effects of drugs and surgery.
What Can I Expect At An Appointment?
First, a thorough examination will be performed to identify or confirm the condition. This examination would consist of an in-depth history, orthopedic, neurologic and physical tests. Once we have properly determined the condition, we will then recommend a treatment plan based on the findings and severity of your condition. This treatment plan may involve other treatments offered in our office (chiropractic, decompression therapy, acupuncture, massage), as well as home care recommendations to assist your body in healing faster.
Does My Insurance Cover Low Level Laser Therapy?
Every insurance company varies in their coverage. We are a full-service office and will file your claims for you. We are happy to cooperate with you and your insurance company in order to help you receive the maximum benefits under your policy. If Low Level Laser Therapy is not a covered benefit, we have very affordable options.
Phase 1: The Treatment Begins
DTS - Decompression Therapy System
Spinal Decompression Therapy is performed on a specially designed table in either a face up or face down position. Clinical consideration and your comfort are used in deciding which position will be best for you. We may begin in one position but in later sessions it may be necessary to change positions. You will remain fully dressed during the treatment.
You will be comfortably positioned on the table and fitted with a wrap-around harness. This restraint is what allows the unloading of the spine and discs by the traction motor. Your position on the table, the harness, and angle of the gentle distraction allows for accurate and focused treatment to the affected disc. Once comfortable on the table the computer controlled traction device is programmed to deliver a gentle stretching force to the spinal vertebra. This force is delivered directly to the harness system. The system applies the gentle force then releases it approximately every minute throughout the session. The total treatment time is usually less than 18 minutes and often just 10 minutes initially. Most patients report simply feeling a subtle and gentle stretching at their lower back or around their hips. Since Decompression Therapy is a comfort-based procedure, patients usually report a sense of relief and relaxation during the session. Many patients even fall to sleep.
Imbibing The Discs
The gentle stretching and relaxing of the spine fosters a phenomenon called "imbibition". In the simplest of terms, this is the way a normal disc gets nutrition. This pumping action promotes nutrition intake into the discs, something often lost in damaged and degenerative disc conditions. In healthy discs, imbibition occurs naturally with daily motions and body positions and accounts for the increase of disc thickness in the morning and decrease at night. A disc with poor imbibition, fewer nutrients and hydration, is more likely to become injured and painful. Stretching, or tractioning the spine in a controlled, comfortable manner can help re-establish a more normal imbibition. This can re-supply the disc with nutrients and blood contact that help the disc heal from the inside out. Also the dramatic decrease of pressure in the disc (decompression) can foster the drawing in of a bulge and help take pressure off a "pinched" spinal nerve.
Re-Establish Structural Support Although most patients report dramatic reduction of their pain within as few as five treatments, an injured spinal disc needs time to heal. This is why we urge you to be regular with your prescribed treatments and office visits. Research shows to completely heal some discs a regular program of home exercises, prescribed by your doctor will need to be followed. Spinal disc structures can take months to heal. Even though your pain may be gone, you must stay on the treatment plan in order to keep your spine healthy. As you become more mobile and more able to return to your normal lifestyle, your increased activity is what your spine needs most. Now you will be imbibing the discs naturally, like people with healthy discs. Movement is life, and your spine depends on the muscle activity to support your spine, and create fluid movement to and from the discs.
Phase 2: Stabilization of Structure
Pain Is Under Control: Rehabilitate The Structures Supporting the Disc
Most patients feel significant pain reduction in as few as five treatments. That however does not mean the healing process is complete, or that your pain won't return. During Phase 2 of your Decompression Therapy Treatments, our office will prescribe a series of rehabilitative measures in order to more fully heal your discs, and keep the pain from returning. Most low back pain sufferers have two compounding problems that have contributed to their disc injury and limited their natural healing abilities.
- Decreased Spine Flexibility
- Poor Muscle Control
A program of focused rehabilitative exercise may begin during or after your DTS therapy course of treatment. Our rehabilitation program involves several clinically effective yet simple, pain-free activities. Strengthening the muscles that support the spine, and regaining endurance in them is vital for spinal health. All the body systems must work in concert for optimum health so nutritional and lifestyle advice may be given as well as an at-home exercise program. We can't over emphasize the importance of the at-home exercises. What you do at home is integral to the overall success we have. Studies show consistent stabilization and endurance exercises control back pain and reduce injury. At what point you start the exercise program is a function of your pain and overall progress based on our findings.
Phase 3: Support of Muscular System
Keeping Up The Good Work
During Phase 3, we'll structure an in-office and home-based exercise program that will help to bring your spine back to full health. This exercise program may include in-office resistance training, at home Stabilizer exerciser and resistance training and other "core" exercises. Regular and consistent home-based exercise is one of the keys to long-term relief. We have found through experience the simple home-based exercises we prescribe are most effective. Introduction to the low tech movement exercises you can do to speed the healing process are one of the most important parts of the Decompression Therapy System.