We use many different chiropractic modalities here at our Springfield, MA chiropractic office. While we believe that carries its own unique benefits, together they have the power to better alleviate pain and expedite patient recovery. Many of the methods we use are passive, meaning they require no active participation from the patient. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, examples include electrical stimulation, massage, and therapeutic ultrasound.
Electrical stimulation has long been used to reduce swelling and minimize discomfort. During treatment, electrodes are applied to the body through which electrical currents pass into the soft tissues. This not only creates a thermal response, but also a chemical and physiological response that helps interfere with pain signals and control muscle contractions. It can also help to relax muscles, allowing for a more effective chiropractic adjustment.
Electrical stimulation can be customized to the needs and tolerance level of each patient. For most, the treatment is not uncomfortable, but rather relaxing and even enjoyable. We offer many types of electrical stimulation, including IFC, high voltage, low voltage and pre-modulated therapy.
Getting a massage may seem like a treat, but it is also a powerful tool in treating chiropractic patients. We added massage therapy to our practice protocols as a result of the synergistic properties existing between massage and chiropractic care. Soft tissue is an important part of the musculoskeletal system. Massage can be used to relax tense muscles, rejuvenate the body, and stimulate circulation within damaged areas of the body. Furthermore, massage can help lower stress hormones and also increase the release of dopamine, which is known to provide natural pain relief.
Therapeutic ultrasound is the use of sound waves to stimulate damaged and inflamed soft tissues. It has been used for decades in the treatment of musculoskeletal inflammation – particularly issues like tendinitis and bursitis. During a therapeutic ultrasound treatment, a wand is applied to the treatment area and sound waves are administered at targeted frequencies. This not only helps to reduce inflammation, but it also helps relax the tissues and stimulate local circulation.
Passive therapies like electrical stimulation, massage and therapeutic ultrasound are used to treat many types of patients at our Springfield, MA chiropractic office. Whether you have been injured in an auto accident or have pain from a chronic condition, our goal is to provide you with relief. Call us today for more information. We look forward to serving you soon.