Medic Physiotherapy keeps up with the latest technology to treat patients with only the best results in the fastest amount of time. Here are 4 technology advantages we use in our everyday practice:
What is LASER Therapy?
Acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. A laser is a device that creates and amplifies a narrow, intense beam of coherent light. Laser light with differing wavelengths and duration penetrates soft tissue to deliver
energy directly to injured tissue cells. How does it work? Photons of light energy are absorbed selectively by injured cells, and transformed into biochemical energy in the mitochondria, which are the “power plants” within
all cells. The converted energy stimulates production of new proteins needed for cellular repair of injured tendon, muscle, tendon, blood vessels and nerves. Just as plants absorb light to grow and repair.
What does it do?
1. Stimulates the production of ATP. This is a molecule that carries energy. The cells use this energy to bring in nutrition and take out waste products. It will lead to faster healing of all body structures like muscles,
tendons, ligaments, etc.
2. Stimulates formation of collagen. Collagen is a protein that is found in our whole body, and is needed to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. Faster production of collagen will lead to less scar formation.
3. Laser light decreases pain. Laser light has a highly beneficial effect on nerve cells, which block pain transmitted by inflamed muscles, tendons, and ligaments to the brain.
5. Increases the formation of blood vessels (Angioneogenesis). With an injury microscopic blood vessels are ruptured and will lead to swelling and bruising. Laser light stimulates the repair of these vessels, which is
needed to restore normal blood supply for the injured structures.
6. Increases the circulating levels of Serotonin and Endorphins in the blood. Serotonin is a powerful neurotransmitter in the brain. Low Serotonin is found in Depression. Endorphins are the brain’s natural “morphine-like”
chemical, and reduce pain when activated.
Types of Conditions Treated by Cold Laser:
- Arthritis (All kinds of Arthritis)
- Ligament sprains and muscle strains
- Back ad Neck Acute and Chronic Pain
- Neurogenic Pain
- Repetitive Stress Injury (Tennis Elbow, Rotatory Cuff Injury)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Knee Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Elbow Pain
- Wrist Pain
- Foot and Ankle Pain
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Temporomandibular Joint Pain
- Trigger Points
- Plantar Fasciitis
Radial Shockwave has been used successfully for treating musculoskeletal soft tissue conditions for pain relief and increasing localized circulation. It utilizes a hand-held applicator that image shockwave that penetrates skin and muscles to signal
tissue repair mechanism.
How does it work?
Radial shockwave produces percussions which generates shockwaves into tissues. These shockwaves trigger and inflammatory response, which is body’s natural process of healing. It also breaks down scar tissues and in some cases calcification. It
blocks pain as well.
What does it do?
It stimulate metabolism and improves blood circulations to facilitate the healing and regeneration of damage tissues. Shockwave therapy can also relief pain by producing an analgesic effects on treatment area. Success full y treated conditions
with shockwaves are:
- Plantar Fasciitis.
- Heel Spurs
- Tennis Elbow
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Patellar tendonitis
- Shin splints
- Trigger Points in muscles
- Jumpers Knee
- Stress Fractures
- Rotator cuff tendonitis and calcification
- Trochantric Bursitis
After only 2-3 sessions over 80% of patients report a significant reduction in pain.
90% improvement of Plantar Fasciitis (Journal of Orthopedic Research, 2005)
91% improvement of Calcific Tendonitis (Journal of American Association, 2003)
77% Improvement for Tennis Elbow (Journal of Orthopedic, 2005)
Advantages of using Shockwave:
- Quickly reduces pain
- No Medication is needed.
- Avoid Surgical Interventions
- No Side Effects
- No risk of Allergies
- Effective for Chronic Conditions
- Accelerate Healing Process
Ultrasound machine creates sound waves that are inaudible for the human ear. These sound waves travel through the skin into the body. Gel is used to help sound wave enter into your body through the sound head of the ultrasound machine.
How does it work?
As ultrasound passes through the treatment head into the skin, it produces vibration in the surrounding tissues. This increase vibration produces heat within the tissues. This increase in temperature may cause extendibility of ligaments, tendons,
scar tissue and fibrous joint capsule. Heat produced may also help to relief pain and muscle spasm and promotes the healing process.
Common Uses of Ultrasound:
- Decreases Swelling
- Relief pain or muscles spasm
- Promotes healing
- Relief tightness in the body tissues.
- Prepare muscles or joints for stretching or exercises
IFC stands for Interferential Current Therapy. It delivers alternating medium frequency electric current into the tissues.
What does it do?
- It increases localized blood flow into the tissues which can improve healing by reduce swelling and as a result help remove damage tissues and bring nutrients necessary for healing process.
- The stimulation of local nerve cells reduces pain due to blockage in the transmission of pain signals. It also stimulate the release of pain reducing endorphins.
- It induces relaxations into muscles thereby reduces muscles spasm.