Physiotherapy focuses on a variety of different therapeutic modalities and procedures to aid in the healing process and to improve overall function of your condition.
The following are physiotherapy interventions offered at our clinic:
Therapeutic exercise is used to help improve overall function and aid in a return to normal pain-free activity. Its therapeutic effects focus on improved mobility, flexibility, strength, endurance, and coordination. Loss of proper muscle and joint function are common effects following injury. As a result, it is extremely important that therapeutic exercise be considered as a part of your overall treatment plan. This form of therapy has been shown to be most effective in helping to improve function in more long-term, chronic (symptoms present for at least 3 months) conditions. It also has a role in helping to maintain health and prevent future recurrences of injury.
Electrical stimulation, also known as e-stim, is a therapy that is used for multiple therapeutic effects including promotion of tissue healing, decreasing pain, improving muscle strength and contractility, and decreasing swelling. It is best used in acute (symptoms present < 6 weeks) conditions including muscle strains, ligament sprains, tendonitis, neuropathy. It also has been shown to be effective in some chronic conditions, including fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome.
Therapeutic ultrasound is used in therapy to provide a local deep heat. It utilizes sound waves to penetrate below the surface of the skin to create a vibration of soft tissue (muscle, ligaments, tendons, bursaes) to increase their thermal temperature. As a result therapeutic ultrasound promotes circulation and blood flow to these tissues to aid and accelerate healing properties of an injured area. It also aids in helping to reduce muscle tension and spasm and can also be aid in breakdown of scar tissue. It is best used in soft tissue injuries including tendonitis, bursitis, muscle strains, and ligament sprains, arthritis, trigger points, and myofascial pain syndrome.
Sole Supports © Custom Foot Orthotics
Sole Supports Foot Orthotics are supportive foot devices that are placed inside footwear to improve and change the mechanical function of your feet during walking, running, and standing activity. It is known that approximately 90% of people have poor mechanical function of their feet during these activities. As a result, pain and deformities can arise in the feet including bunions, plantar fasciitis, corns, and hammertoes. Because foot function affects the entire chain of bones leading to the spine, pain and dysfunction can also result in the knees, hips, and low back as a result of poor foot biomechanics as well. For more information, please visit the Sole Supports website at: www.solesupports.com.
In addition, research has also shown that Custom Made orthotics are much more effective than prefabricated orthotics (Dr. Scholl’s, etc.) for these purposes, as shown in these studies:
Dr. Kielbasa is a certified Sole Supports practitioner and has additional training in proper assessment and casting for these custom-made orthotics. It is extremely important that you see a certified therapist when considering a custom-made orthotic to insure the orthotic is specific to you and your foot.
Contact Spring Road Wellness & Chiropractic Center today at 717-241-WELL (9355) for more about our Physiotherapy services.