Physiotherapy Modalities are the combination of the following treatments:
Massage Therapy, Myofascial Release, Exercise Therapy, Ultrasound, Electrical Stimulation and Trigger Point Therapy
Massage Therapy is a proven and effective means of relaxation and stress relief. Therapeutic massage is increasingly being recommended by doctors and other health care professionals to complement traditional medicine as research proves its healing effects.
How Massage Therapy Can Improve Your Health:
- Blood Pressure
- Reduces Heart Rate
- Improves Flexibility
- Increases Endorphins
- Reduces Stress & Tension
- Strengthens Immune System
- Relieves Chronic & Temporary Pain
- Increases Blood Circulation & Lymph Flow
- Prevents Sports Injuries & Increases Performance
- Helps Relieve Tension, Sinus & Migraine Headaches
- Premature Infants Gain Weight Faster When Massaged
- Increases Levels of Serotonin (Protecting Against Depression
- Alleviates Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Asthma, Bronchitis, Arthritis & More
Click the options below to explore the different types of Massage and its benefits:
One of the most popular forms of Massage Therapy today. One of the main goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax your entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. In addition to relaxation, the Swedish massage is beneficial for increasing your blood oxygen level, improving circulation, decreasing muscle toxins and flexibility. Other Swedish massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, percussion-like tapping, firm kneading, bending & stretching.
Deep Tissue Massage
Similar to Swedish massage, the Deep Tissue Massage provides deeper pressure to the muscles and is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle pain. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and the protective layer surrounding muscles as well as your bones and joints.
Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend warriors. Sports Massage techniques differentiate based on the type of sport you play and will focus on the areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness for you and your baby. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches, pain and swelling. Furthermore, massage reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension-which aids in better sleep and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
*Dr. Lindsey provides a custom pregnancy pillow during the prenatal massage to allow for comfort in a prone or face-down position.
Myofascial Release is a highly specialized stretching technique used by Dr. Lindsey to treat patients with a variety of soft tissue problems.
Myofascial Release stretches the fascia, a thin tissue that covers all the organs of the body. This tissue covers every muscle and every fiber within each muscle. When muscle fibers are injured, the fibers and the fascia which surrounds it become short and tight. This uneven stress can be transmitted through the fascia to other parts of the body, causing pain and a variety of other symptoms in areas you often wouldn’t expect. Myofascial Release treats these symptoms by releasing the uneven tightness in injured fascia.
Myofascial Release is not massage. Myofascial Release is used to equalize muscle tension throughout the body. Unequal muscle tension can compress nerves and muscles causing pain. Progress is measured by a decrease in the patient’s pain and by an improvement in overall posture. The stretch is guided by feedback the therapist feels from the patient’s body. This feedback tells the therapist how much force to use, the direction of the stretch and how long to stretch.
Exercise Therapy (also known as Neuromoscular Reeducation) is a form of chiropractic treatment used to help manage pain, rehabilitate damaged soft tissues, such as muscles, ligament, and tendons as well as restore normal range of motion, function, balance and even posture. Treatment may include balance exercises such as one-legged standing and the progressive use of a balance board.
The broad goal of neuromuscular reeducation exercises involves restoring a natural mind-body connection by coordinating your mental perception with physical behavior. Neuromuscular reeducation exercises aim to restore natural and energy-efficient movement patterns, optimize joint biomechanics and reduce pain that may result from neuromuscular deficiencies.
Therapeutic Ultrasound is a method of stimulating tissue beneath the skin’s surface using sound waves. This is not the same as the ultrasounds one gets throughout pregnancy. The sound waves are of a very high frequency and can penetrate up to 5″ below the surface of your skin.
Benefits of having a Therapeutic Ultrasound includes: increased blood flow, which speeds the healing process; reduces swelling and edema, which are the main sources of pain; gently massages the muscles, tendons and/or ligaments in the treated area enhancing the recovery rate of damaged tissue without additional strain; softens any scar tissue that is usually present in an injured area.
For most injuries and ailments, a cycle of ultrasound therapy usually consists of 5-10 minute treatments 2-3 times per week until the inflammation is decreased.
Electrical stimulation, also known as E-Stim, uses an electrical current to cause a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract. By placing electrodes on the skin in various locations, Dr. Lindsey can recruit the appropriate muscle fibers. Contracting the muscle via electrical stimulation helps strengthen the affected muscle. Dr. Lindsey can change the current setting to allow for a forceful or gentle muscle contraction. Along with increasing muscle strength, the contraction of the muscle also promotes blood supply to the area that assists in healing.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Point Therapy is the application of pressure on tender trigger points in the muscles (that are tightly knotted and in spasm causing pain) to relieve pain and tension.
Trigger Point Characteristics:
- Pain related to a discrete, irritable point in skeletal muscle or fascia, not caused by acute local trauma, inflammation, degeneration, neoplasm or infection.
- The painful point can be felt as a nodule or band in the muscle, and a twitch response can be elicited on stimulation of the trigger point.
- Palpation of the trigger point reproduces the patient’s complaint of pain, and the pain radiates in a distribution typical of the specific muscle harboring the trigger point.
- The pain cannot be explained by findings on neurological examination.
Dr. Lindsey can help locate and dissolve these unwanted trigger points.
For more information or to book an appointment, call Dr. Lindsey at 321.591.7601