Dr. Sellari commonly uses several treatment modalities that provide patient comfort during treatment and help to improve and enhance the overall treatment outcome. These treatments, called therapeutic modalities are used to augment your chiropractic manipulation to help you regain your normal functional mobility.
We utilized electrical moist hot packs placed on the effected areas. Moist heat provide several important benefits. It relaxes tight muscles causing tissues to relax. This decreases pain caused by muscle tension or spasms. It also causes vasodilatation of the blood vessels which increases circulation to the area. Patients with muscle strains, spasms, or arthritis often benefit from treatment with moist hot packs.
Cold packs are a frozen gel substance used in areas of pain and inflammation. The cold packs are wrapped in a wet towel and applied directly to the area in need of treatment. Cold packs have several beneficial effects. The cold temperature causes vasoconstriction of the blood vessels in the area thus reducing inflammation. It also proved a numbing effect that helps reduce pain.
Ultrasound machines are a treatment modality that utilizes high or low-frequency sound waves. These sound waves are transmitted to the surrounding tissue and vasculature. They penetrate the muscles to cause deep tissue/muscle warming. This promotes tissue relaxation and therefore is useful in treating muscle tightness and spasms. The warming effect of the sound waves also cause vessel vasodilatation and increase circulation to the area that assists in healing.
Electrical stimulation uses an electrical current to cause a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract. Depending upon the setting prescribed, this current can cause a relaxing effect that helps reduce muscle tightness and spasm. The electrodes are place on the skin in various locations to recruit the appropriate muscle fibers.
Special tape is applied to your body to help decrease pain, improve circulation, or to facilitate muscle function. The tape is applied to your body and can be left in place for up to 5 days.