Electrotherapy is a form of medical treatment, which uses small electrical impulses to repair tissue, stimulate muscles and increase sensations and muscle strength. An effective therapy option used to relieve pain and accelerate the self-healing process within your body.
The benefits of electrotherapy are wide-ranging and include a more advanced healing process, a more effective circulatory system and increased muscle tone. The effects of electrotherapy include a reduction in pain, increased strength, increased range of movement, increased speed and strength of muscle contractions and an increased rate of absorption.
Ultrasound therapy is the use of Ultrasonic waves or sound waves to treat muscle injuries, reduce the inflammatory response and break up blockages. It does this by using high frequency that is not audible to the human ear are produced by means of mechanical vibration in the metal treatment head of the ultrasound machine.
The treatment head is then moved over the surface of the skin in the region of the injury transmitting the energy into the tissues. Is an effective tool for treating chronic pain and various kinds of disorders such as mastitis with breast-feeding mothers.
Ultrasound is thought to accelerate the normal resolution time of the inflammatory process by attracting more mast cells to the site of injury. This may cause an increase in blood flow which can be beneficial in the sub-acute phase of tissue injury. As blood flow may be increased it is not advised to use ultrasound immediately after injury.
Acupuncture is a minimally invasive, non-painful part of conservative care that works by modulating the nervous system to restore its function. Given the nervous system’s connection with nearly every cell in the body, acupuncture can be used to help with problems based in muscles or joints all over the body or in the organs of the abdomen and thorax.
Acupuncture carries with it very few side effects when used by trained professionals. Acupuncture is a precise nerve stimulation technique, that uses fine acupuncture needles that are inserted into the body, and stimulated with electricity for the purpose of modulating abnormal activity of the nervous system.
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture aims to bridge the gap between classical acupuncture therapy and contemporary medicine to achieve their ultimate integration.
Quite often you will see this technique referred to as, Neurofunctional Acupuncture because it is rooted on current concepts of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and pathophysiology. Its primary benefit is to restore proper function of the nervous system by either the up-regulation or down-regulation of specific cellular functions. To put it simply, if the nervous system is hyper-active as seen in stress and chronic pain cases or hypo-active as seen in muscle inhibition and weakness, we need to bring it back to a normal, optimal level of function by either turning it down or turning it up respectively. Essentially, we are adjusting the “dimmer” switch you would use in a home for controlling the level of light output.
Cupping is best known for its benefit of providing relief for acute or chronic muscle pain and tension. By creating suction and negative pressure, cupping therapy lifts connective tissue, releases rigid tissue and loosens adhesions.
Cupping therapy stimulates blood flow and nutrition to stagnant areas to help restore damaged tissues. When you undergo a cupping treatment you will experience pressure under the cup which helps to break up fluids and scar tissue that may have built up in the local tissue, bringing them to your skin’s surface to be eliminated by your circulatory or lymphatic symptoms.
For muscle pain and tension, the suction of cupping increases circulation and triggers a localized response of the immune system. It also decompresses tight fascia, which is the sheath that wraps around various muscle groups. Essentially, the effect of the suction leads to a “release” of the tense muscles.
Reflexology is a focused pressure technique, usually directed at the feet or hands. It is based on the premise that there are zones and reflexes on different parts of the body, which corresponds to, and are relative to all parts, glands and organs of the entire body.
When the reflexes are stimulated, the body's natural electrical energy works along the nervous system to clear any blockages in the corresponding zones. A reflexology session seems to break up deposits (felt as a sandy or gritty area under the skin) which may interfere with this natural flow of the body's energy.
Manipulating specific reflexes removes stress, activating a parasympathetic response in the body to enable the disharmonies to be released by a physiological change in the body. With stress removed and circulation improved, the body is allowed to return to a state of homeostasis.
Homeostasis is the "automatic" process that the body incorporates to bring it back to the "normal" state. For example, if the blood pressure is abnormal, the kidneys will secrete the enzyme renin which is involved with blood pressure, and the hormone, erythropoietin that increases the rate of red blood cell production.
Reflexology demonstrates four (4) main benefits:
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