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|Physiotherapy is the practice of physical therapy by chiropractic doctors. It is the use of physical agents (water, light, sound, hot, cold, pressure, etc.) on patients. Chiropractors use such devices, also called modalities, to help make both of our jobs easier. For the chiropractor, it means that we are able to loosen or relax certain tissues in order to help make a better and more effective adjustment. It helps the patient to heal better, hopefully faster, and optimistically with less discomfort. |
These devices are adjunctive therapies, meaning that they are used in addition to the main procedure of treatment. The main mode of treatment for the doctor of chiropractic is the adjustment of the affected joint, in order to return normal nerve function. Physiotherapy is rarely used as the sole treatment mode for a patient with a specific condition.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD PHYSIOTHERAPY BE USED?
The answer to this question lies with your doctor. Each doctor must determine if physiotherapy will help the patient, and if it will, what type of therapy is the best.
WHAT DO THESE THERAPIES DO?
Here are some of the physiological effects these physiotherapy modalities can evoke:
Relax spastic muscles, increase blood flow, increase nutrients to tissues, increase local metabolism, decrease swelling and edema, sedate nerves and decrease pain
Types of Physiotherapy
Sometime called moist steam packs or hydrocollator packs, this form of physiotherapy delivers warm, soothing, moisturized heat to an area. Its main benefit is that it helps to remove the cramping of skeletal muscle by adding moisture (unlike electric heating pads that dry skeletal muscle out and cause more cramping).
MUSCLE AND NERVE STIMULATION
These modalities use mild electrical impulses that run through muscles and nerves to rehabilitate the injured area. If the muscle is weak, it will help to build it up. If the muscle is spastic, it will help to relax it.
The use of sound waves at a very high frequency can actually agitate the molecules of cells in order to stimulate the metabolism or activities of those cells. This can be beneficial in reducing swelling, calming inflamed nerves, breaking down unwanted connective tissue, and even sedation painful nerves. This is one of the few modalities that can be used in both acute and chronic cases.
TRACTION AND MASSAGE
Traction and massage is used to stretch tissues in order to relax them, as well as to loose structures like scar tissue and dense, fibrous, connective tissues called adhesions. Traction can be done manually or with traction devices.
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