What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy, put simply, is the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery. It is a form of physical therapy. A physiotherapist is medically trained to use natural physical approaches to promote, maintain, and restore a person’s well-being.
Where in Gresham can I receive physiotherapy treatments?
Hood View Chiropractic offers professional physiotherapy treatments for Gresham clients. If you think you could benefit from physiotherapy, the professionals at Hood View Chiropractic specializes in several types of modalities that will fit the needs of your treatment plan.
Physiotherapy Types of Modalities
Types of physiotherapy, also known as modalities, fall under electrical, thermal or mechanical categories. These types of energy cause physiological changes in the body and offer a wide range of benefits to the patient. Physiotherapy can be used to relieve pain, improve circulation, decrease swelling, and reduce muscle spasm. Several types of physiotherapy can even be used in conjunction with other procedures. The most typical types of modalities include electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, heat, ice, and traction. Hood View Chiropractic offers many different modalities of physiotherapy, and each have their benefits.
Cupping is a technique that involves applying a glass, plastic, or silicone cup to the skin and creating a vacuum inside using heat, a squeezable bulb, or a suction gun. Cupping increases the blood flow to sore areas in muscles, providing important nutrients to the area that promote healing. It can also provide pain relief by exciting small nerves inside muscles so that they release pain-killing chemicals.
IASTM, or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, is a new range of tools which enables clinicians to efficiently locate and treat individuals diagnosed with soft tissue dysfunction. IASTM is performed with ergonomically designed instruments that detect and treat fascial restrictions, encourage rapid localization, and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis, chronic inflammation, or degeneration.
Much like rubbing a sore area will reduce pain, the Rock Tape method of physiotherapy helps to reduce the volume of pain by altering the signals being sent to your brain. The Rock Tape method can be used to decompress swelling and inflammation, delay fatigue, and distribute physical stress.
The ultrasound modality of physiotherapy utilizes high frequency sound waves that produce a form of deep tissue heating. This helps to relieve pain and muscle spasm, promotes circulation, relaxes tight muscles/soft tissue, and prepares tissues for stretching.
Percussor Massage Therapy
This is a form of massage therapy that uses a powerful mechanical vibration instrument. This form of physiotherapy is excellent for providing relief of muscular pain while gently reducing scar tissue and relaxing fascia.
Apollo Class IV Laser Treatment
With the use of specific wavelengths of light that interacts with tissue to accelerate the healing process, Apollo Class IV Laser Treatment is a painless, quick, and effective method for pain and/or healing of injured tissues.
Traction is a form of physiotherapy that utilizes a longitudinal pull or distraction of spinal segments for the relief of nerve irritation (radiculitis) or muscle spasm. This is done by placing a machine on the cervical (neck) spine with the use of a neck halter or lumbar (low back) spine with the use of a pelvic belt attached to a patient lying down. This method can also be done manually.
Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation employs the use of low-voltage electrical current through surface electrodes to override the sensation of pain. Patients use a small unit (slightly larger than a beeper) worn throughout the day for pain control, applied as needed.
This method uses ice packs or ice massage in acute injuries and for pain relief (acute or chronic). This form of physiotherapy is useful for reducing swelling, inflammation, and muscle spasm.
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