Chiropractic is a system of diagnosis and treatment based on the concept that the nervous system coordinates all of the body’s functions and that if the body mechanics are not functioning properly then certain injuries will arise. Chiropractic therapy is any treatment techniques that can help restore health and function in the neuromusculoskeletal system. Treatments may include soft tissue therapy, manual therapy, mobilization, manipulation, electrostimulation, ultrasound, laser therapy, and spinal decompression therapy.
Non-surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy
Non-surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy is a computerized traction therapy for the relief of back, neck and radicular pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc may be isolated and placed under lowered pressure possibly even negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it. The difference between standard traction and spinal decompression is the stretch/relaxation component. Standard traction has not been shown to have long lasting effects because of gravitation pull once we stand up. Some patients will develop muscles spasms through standard traction due to the constant distraction force. By having a relaxation phase, spinal decompression allows the muscle to accommodate to the stretch effects therefore producing a lasting treatment.
First Markham Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation has a spinal decompression unit that allows the freedom to target more specifically areas of concern (please see brochure). Many spinal decompression clinics are charging very expensive rates for the treatment, but at First Markham Physio & Rehab we make it a mandate that most of the general public can access our services as long as they require it. In combination with standard rehabilitation, we believe that we are able to make a difference to the hard to treat patients especially those with radiculopathies and disc bulges.
Low Level Laser Therapy
Low Level Laser Therapy is cold laser that works by delivering billions of photons to the tissue surface driving this energy down to the damaged cells that use this energy for tissue repair. Low level laser therapy stimulates vasodilation and lymphatic drainage, regulates the sodium-potassium pump which causes decrease inflammation, decrease pain, and increase tissue regeneration and healing. On a celluar level, low level laser therapy has been shown to stimulate mitochondrial effects causing increase in ATP activity. Increasing activity in ATP stimulates a healing response through cell replication in the stimulated region.
First Markham Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation has acquired a powerful low level laser unit producing a combined energy output of 415mW of power. The laser we have is comprised of 670nm (red), 850nm (near infrared), and 950nm (infrared) laser lights which can stimulate different depths of penetration covering a broad spectrum of cells. Both the chiropractor and physiotherapist are trained to use the low level laser unit.