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Physiotherapy East Cobb

What is Physiotherapy Treatment? 

Physiotherapy is a set of techniques and treatments that act as complements to chiropractic care and massage therapy in East Cobb. Physiotherapy treatment plans include exercises and passive therapies that help you restore and repair mobility, functionality and prevent further injuries.

Types of Passive Physiotherapies & Their Benefits 

Therapeutic modalities, such as electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, deep heat, ice, traction and others are considered adjuncts to the care given to patients. These modalities are never to replace effective chiropractic adjustments in Marietta; without chiropractic adjustments, which eliminate nerve compression and interference, the body will never be able to fully heal itself, no matter how many modalities are used.

Electrical Physiotherapy Modalities in Marietta

Reduction of edema or fluid buildup, the reduction of pain, the contraction and relaxation of muscles, the increase of blood flow and nutrition to tissues and muscles, the increase in range of motion, decrease of muscle spasms, decrease of trigger points, increase of muscle tone and strength, and to expedite the healing process.

Electrical Stimulation Therapy

To send very mild electrical currents through the patient’s skin into the affected tissue of the injured area. The current acts as a “squeegee” eliminating most of the edema and fluid buildup around the injured area. This edema, if left untreated, will accumulate and put pressure on the surrounding muscles and nerves, causing more pain. The interferential therapy also interferes with the transmission of pain messages at the cord level, offering more pain relief.

 

High-Volt Galvanic/Electrical Muscle  Stimulation/Microcurrent


Primarily used to help prevent or reduce muscle atrophy and spasm. This low-volt current targeted to stimulate motor neurons, causing muscle contraction and relaxation, which pumps the toxins and lactic acid out of the muscle, prevents pooling of the metabolites and lactic acid in the muscle, which causes the muscle to exhaust and relax. The microcurrent is used to expedite the healing process by improving blood flow to the affected area and generating ATP, a material that supplies energy to the cells.

 

(NOTE: Electrical Muscle Stimulation and a TENS Unit are not the same thing. A TENS Unit is the procedure of applying low-voltage electrical impulses to allow the body to manage pain naturally. It is strictly a tool to help relieve the pain. 

Deep Heat Ultrasound

Ice is used to reduce edema/swelling and fluid to the affected areas. This works by constricting the arteries that supply the blood to the affected areas, thereby decreasing blood and oxygen supply to the tissues. Moist heat works in the opposite direction. Heat allows for the dilation of the arteries that supply the blood to the affected area, thereby increasing blood and oxygen supply to the tissue.

Ice/Heat

 

Ice is used to reduce edema/swelling and fluid to the affected areas. This works by constricting the arteries that supply the blood to the affected areas, thereby decreasing blood and oxygen supply to the tissues. Moist heat works in the opposite direction. Heat allows for the dilation of the arteries that supply the blood to the affected area, thereby increasing blood and oxygen supply to the tissue.

Neuromuscular Re-education

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Stretches
 

Assisted stretching by the doctor and/or therapist to improve range of motion and flexibility.

 
VibraCussor-Trigger Point Therapy (performed by the doctor)

 

Extreme percussion/desensitization technique with different probes. This trigger point therapy uses the effects of speed. High velocity is considered to provide the therapeutic effect of analgesia, decrease trigger points, to goad muscle and periarticular tissue, relax spasms and provide superficial circulatory stimulation. At medium velocity the effects are the same as for high velocity but is utilized when a milder effect is desired. Low velocity effects may include hyperesthesia and hypomyotonia.

Intersegmental Traction

 

This table utilizes high density foam wheels that traction the patient’s vertebral spine while lying supine (on their back). The force is used to create a degree of tension of soft tissues and/or to allow for separation between joint surfaces. The degree of traction controlled through the amount of force (pounds) allowed, duration (time) and angle of pull (degrees) using mechanical means. The slight tractioning of the spine increases mobility and flexibility to the area being treated.

 

Kinesio Tape (KT Tape/Rock Tape/Spider Tech)

 

Kinesio tape is engineered tape that is designed to help the body perform better and heal quicker. When applied correctly the tape lifts the skin which accelerates blood flow. The tape can also be utilized to increase tissue repair, lymph drainage and other soft tissue inflammatory issues.