Why We Use Therapy

Benefits of specific therapies used in our office.

Posted: May 18, 2012
By: Dr George Courtney III

Benefits of Specific Therapies

Infratonic Sound Wave Therapy is highly effective at promoting pain relief from acute injuries and swelling, fatigue and chronic conditions -- often reducing or eliminating the need for pain medication and chronic pain management.

Ultrasound can produce many effects other than just the potential heating effect. It has been shown to cause increases in tissue relaxation, local blood flow, and scar tissue breakdown. The effect of the increase in local blood flow can be used to help reduce local swelling and chronic inflammation, and, according to some studies, promote bone fracture healing.

Acupuncture has become well known as a medical treatment for pain relief and many other conditions.  We use needle and non-needle acupuncture depending on the degree of pain and seriousness of the condition.  Some of the benefits include immune enhancement, an increase in energy, and an overall feeling of well being (release of endorphins) and is free of side-effects.  It is used either with or without TENS (see end of article)

Healing with Cold Lasers produces an impulse of light at a specific wavelength (usually 800 to 900nm) that minimizes reflection and scattering but maximized absorption of the energy (in photons) at a desire depth.  Benefits include: increased metabolic activity, faster wound healing, anti-inflammatory action, increased vascular activity, reduced fibrous tissue (scar) formation, stimulated nerve function is enhanced by Laser photon exposure speeds the process of nerve cell reconnect ion to bring the numb areas back to life.

Trigger point massage is massage that focuses on trigger points, or sensitive areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.

Intermittent segmental traction is commonly used for the treatment of low back pain (LBP), predominately with nerve root involvement due to bulged or herniated discs.  It helps decompress the lumbar joints as well and is incorporated with the other therapies aforementioned.

TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.  Like acupuncture, it is not known exactly how TENS works, although there are a number of theories. One is that the electrical pulses prevent pain signals from reaching your brain, while another is that the pulses stimulate your body to release its own, natural, feel-good substances, called endorphins.