Cryotherapy is an excellent way to help with muscle spasms. This therapy, also known as icing, is well known to help numb painful areas as well as provide a cooling relief to affected soft tissues. The therapy consists of applying cold compresses to the skin to reduce the temperature of the skin as well as constrict the blood vessels in the area.
If you are suffering from a muscle spasm or just recently had a soft tissue injury, cryotherapy is an excellent way to help reduce swelling and further injury in the early stages of your healing process. This therapy is rather inexpensive and is something that can be done at home as well as in the office.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation
Electrical muscle stimulation is an exceptional way to aid the body in the healing process. A very small electrical current is sent into the injured soft tissue or site of muscle spasm. This current helps to reduce swelling and release trigger points that may have the muscle locked up. This is done by helping the body release endorphins, which are natural pain relievers.
This therapy is a great option if the spasm is in the back or neck muscle. It relaxes the muscle and allows it to quickly return to it's normal state. Even short therapy sessions are excellent at facilitating healing from both acute and chronic pain.
Interferential Electro-Therapy is an excellent method of helping the body deal with spasms, sprains, and issues related to soft tissues. This therapy accomplishes this with a very low simulated frequency that is put on the soft tissue. This therapy is very light, so most patients feel very comfortable during the treatment.
Not only does this therapy stimulate the body's natural healing, by helping it to produce natural pain killing endorphins, but also helps with the release strains, spasms, and soft tissue issues.
Orthotics are a great way to help with issues related to walking and alignment. These can include, but are not limited to, knee, foot and lower back pain. The need for orthotics is often related to an issue with the natural functioning of the foot. Orthotics will often help to realign the bones within the foot and ankle and therefore take pressure off other parts of the body such as the back, neck, shoulders and hips. Orthotics will also help with distributing your weight properly and take further pressure off of toes, bunions and other parts of the foot.
Orthotics are for anyone with an issue or discomfort relating to walking or imbalances in the body that are known to cause related pain. The great benefit of orthotics is that they can be worn on a daily basis and be utilized during most activities to take further stress of the body.
Orthotics can often be prescribed by your chiropractor and can last well over a year in most cases. They are a great investment into your overall health and well being.
X-rays are usually taken on most patients to give the doctor an inside look at what is going on with the bone structure of the entire spine and surrounding skeletal structure. From this x-ray, the doctor can get an accurate read of your current spine angles as well as any potential further issues including the potential for additional information such as an MRI.