Treatment Services and Options
Today Disc, Bone & Joint Chiropractic Treatment Center was designed to provide an ideal environment for healing your body, through chiropractic, or physiotherapy. When you arrive at Today Disc, Bone & Joint Chiropractic Treatment Center, our physicians will take a thorough history, and evaluation of the entire body including posture and biomechanics, range of motion and joint mobility to find out the cause of pain or disability. You will then discuss treatment options and goals, so that we can customize a treatment plan catered to you.
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Our spinal decompression tools, which include the DRX 9000, can elongate the spine and take pressure off your back. Our team at Today Disc, Bone & Joint Chiropractic Treatment Center in Lexington understands the severity of disc problems. The majority of the reported cases of back pain are actually caused by problems with the intervertebral discs. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression therapy is a valuable tool to not only relieve pain, but also for speed up recovery time.
Why Spinal Decompression?
There are 23 discs in a human spine, each acting as a shock absorber between neighboring vertebrae (back bones). With each step, these structures absorb the impact and typically return to their normal form once the stress is relieved. Throughout a person’s lifetime, these discs absorb an amazing amount of shock and pressure. Not just walking, but also sitting the discs are absorbing the pressure created simply by gravity.
As we age, intervertebral discs become less hydrated, and their elastic/cushioning ability degrades. These discs can also become damaged from the accumulation of everyday micro traumas. Over time the discs will stop functioning properly and cause the surrounding structures, like nerves, to experience the stress that the discs would have typically absorbed. When disc issues go untreated, the damage they cause can dramatically effect your health.
How spinal decompression therapy works:
Spinal decompression therapy heals the disc by re-hydrating it. During treatment, a person lays on the decompression table and a harness is applied to the problem area of the spine. Computer technology allows the table and traction unit to monitor the changes throughout your spine. This technology ensures that the decompression table works with your body instead of against it. As the table detects changes in pressure throughout your spine it adjusts the amount of traction and creates treatment tailored exactly to you and your body’s issues.
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Do I need to see a physician before I can receive physiotherapy?
Yes. All Physiotherapy patients are prescribed treatment from their physician prior to their therapy being scheduled.
What is the difference between chiropractor and a physiotherapists?
Our physicians perform a comprehensive analysis of range of motion, including identifying the joints involved, tissue limitations, muscular imbalances and structural pathologies. A chiropractor will treat the spine and are able to order special tests like X-rays, MRIs and blood tests.
Physiotherapy helps restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Physiotherapy or “medically directed rehab” helps restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health.
How Physiotherapy Works
Treatment often includes exercise; especially for patients who have been immobilized or who lack flexibility, strength, or endurance. Physiotherapy encourages patients to use their muscles to increase their flexibility and range of motion. More advanced exercises focus on improving strength, balance, coordination, and endurance. The goal is to improve how an individual functions at work and home. Each session lasts roughly one hour. The frequency of visits and the length of treatment is determined by the physician who prescribed the treatment. When the patient follows the plan, does their exercises as often as suggested and using the proper techniques, the treatment is typically very successful.
Physiotherapy Tools & Techniques
Electrical Muscle Stimulation
Electrical Muscle Stimulation is a fantastic way to help the body in the healing process. A very small electrical current is sent into the affected soft tissue injury or muscle spasm. This current is utilized to help reduce swelling and release trigger points that may have the muscle tight and contracted. It’s able to do this because it helps release endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers. This therapy is great for people experiencing a spasm in back or neck muscles. Electrical Muscle Stimulation relaxes the muscle and allows it to quickly return to its normal state. Short therapy sessions work well to aid healing from acute or chronic pain.
Inferential Electro-Therapy helps the body deal with spasms, sprains, and issues related to soft tissues. A very low simulated frequency is put on the soft tissue. The patient experiences a very light sensation and is generally very comfortable during the treatment. This therapy both stimulates natural pain-killing endorphins, and helps release strains, spasms and soft tissue issues.
We use ultrasound therapy to handle injuries related to joints, muscle spasms, as well as most soft tissues. This is not the same as the type of ultrasound utilized diagnostically to screen internally in the body. This ultrasound creates small sound waves that vibrate and massage soft tissues and muscle. This therapy facilitates the body’s healing process in addition to decreasing scar tissue formation. Certain ultrasounds also create a heating effect that relaxes the muscles and tightness in the body. This heat combined with the overall features of the ultrasound help to start the healing process at the most basic cellular level speeding up your road to recovery.
Intersegmental Traction/Roller Table
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Today Disc, Bone & Joint Chiropractic Treatment Center uses the intersegmental traction table, sometimes called a roller table, to relax muscles and decrease muscle spasms. This treatment is gentle and effective in returning normal range of motion for the spine.
Why Intersegmental Traction
We use the intersegmental traction table to speed the body’s natural recover and healing process when a patient is recovering from a back injury. This table works by changing the contact pressure of the roller, which can be done electrically or manually. Intersegmental traction tables are used in chiropractic treatment because they allow the patient relax contracted muscles.
Laser Therapy is used to treat:
Sprains and strains
Extremity joint pain
Chronic pain syndromes
K-Laser therapy is a state-of-the-art technique for helping the body’s cells manage their own repair and regenerative process more effectively. Unlike surgical lasers, this low-level medical laser penetrates tissue without cutting or vaporizing it. This harmless, painless penetration allows the laser light to act on underlying tissues that have sustained damage. In a process called photobiomodulation, the energy of the laser triggers cell components to start making more of a substance called ATP, which fuels the rebuilding of tissues for faster, more complete healing. The laser energy also stimulates blood flow, reducing pain, swelling, and inflammation.
A typical K-laser therapy session is quick and easy for the patient. All you have to do relax comfortably on the treatment table as we direct the laser beam on the area in need of treatment. As with many other kinds of therapy, you’ll most likely get the best results from multiple, regularly-scheduled sessions. You may even decide to use K-Laser therapy as your preferred means of chronic pain management, especially since it’s safe enough to undergo as frequently as you like.
Rehabilitation after injury or surgery is of the utmost importance when planning a return to work, athletics, or simply resuming your normal daily activities. Our massage therapy can be greatly beneficial to patients who are recovering from injuries, surgery, or accidents. Damaged tissue often suffers from poor circulation and therefore doesn’t receive proper nutrients and blood flow, both of which greatly benefit the body’s natural healing process. Scar tissue commonly forms during the healing process and can cause decreased mobility and function. Massage therapy has been shown to increase blood flow and circulation and thus speed healing and reduce the formation of scar tissue. Also, massage therapy relaxes tight muscles and stimulates the release of endorphins, the bodies natural pain relievers.
Positive effects of massage therapy on rehabilitation:
- Proven to be a great asset to other rehabilitation therapies
- Assists with improving strength and returning motion
- Improves circulation and nutrient supply
- Decreases pain during the recovery process