Improving Lives
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TAMPA BAY MEDICAL CARE GROUP
TAMPA BAY MEDICAL CARE GROUP 

Rehabilitation Services

DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOUR INJURIES GET WORSE

 

Back Pain, Neck Pain, Muscle, Tendon, and Ligament injuries that are not directly addressed with proper rehabilitation and are left untreated can end up causing chronic pain for years following the accident. Active and Passive therapies administered by your chiropractor Physician can help restore muscular strength and flexibility. This will allow the soft tissue to heal correctly with less chance to suffer from future pain and dysfunction.

At Tampa Bay Medical Care Group we provide different therapy techniques to better fit your specific needs. Doctors prescribe a combination of modalities for your needs to ensure a prompt recuperation of your injuries. Our goal is to make sure our patients leave our facility feeling relaxed and healthier. Rehabilitation therapy helps to restore injured muscles, ligaments and tendons to a pre-injured status.

 

Therapy programs may follow specific protocols or individualized treatment plans with the aim of therapy being the return of strength, function and mobility. The programs may involve a variety of treatment options with goals set for the patient to resume normal activities of living as much as possible are established by a doctor after a thorough evaluation.

 

  • HEAT/ICE These are common treatments used by physical therapists to help reduce pain and swelling, improve circulation and relax the muscles.

 

  • MYOFASCIAL RELEASE Fascia is the interwoven connective tissue that surrounds our muscles and internal organs. Fascia shrinks when it is inflamed, is slow to heal because of poor blood supply, and painful when inflamed because of its rich nerve supply. Myofascial restrictions occur when the fascia is disrupted or stretched by any injury, no matter how minor. Myofascial release is a therapeutic stretching technique that relies entirely upon the feedback received by the therapist from the patient nonverbally through the patient's tissues. Myofascial release removes restrictions that impede efficient movement and use of energy for daily tasks. Myofascial release is often incorporated in a patient's therapeutic treatment plan along with other exercises and/or modalities.

 

  • THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE A broad range of activities intended to improve strength, range of motion (including muscle length), cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, or to otherwise increase a person's functional capacity. An individualized program is established, taught and monitored by a doctor or therapist that is based on an initial evaluation and aimed at achieving specific goals.
  • ULTRASOUND Ultrasound is a name given to sound waves that are of such high frequency that they are not detectable by the human ear. The sound waves when applied to human tissue are absorbed by the various tissues with the production of heat. Ultrasound does penetrate heat into human tissues deeper that any other heat modality, 4-6 cm. The benefits of heat from ultrasound include promotion of muscle relaxation, increased local metabolism, and reduction of pain by sedating nerve endings. Ultrasound waves also have non-thermal benefits resulting from vibration of molecules. These effects include increases in the flexibility of connective tissues such as joint capsules, ligaments, tendons, adhesions, scars and cellular membrane permeability that accelerates healing. Therapeutic ultrasound is a safe and effective tool for treating a variety of conditions that a patient may suffer. Pulsed and continuous modes allow for ultrasound to be used for both acute and chronic cases, and ultrasound is most effective as part of an overall treatment plan, including stretching, therapeutic exercise, and mobilization.
  • TRACTION The therapeutic use of manual or mechanical tension created by a pulling force to produce a combination of distraction and gliding to relieve pain and increase tissue flexibility. Indications for traction therapy include, but are not limited to, decreased sensation that temporarily improves with manual traction, increased muscle tone that is reduced with manual traction, extremity pain or tingling that is temporarily relieved with manual traction, spinal nerve root impediment due to bulging, herniated or protruding disc, and muscle spasms that are causing nerve root impingement and general hypomobility of lumbar or cervical spine regions. Electric traction units exert a pulling force through a rope with various halters and straps.
  • ELECTRICAL STIMULATION Intervention through the application of electricity. Electrical stimulation of individual muscles is a means of providing exercise to muscles that the patient is unable to contract voluntarily. If the muscle has lost its physical connection with its nerve supply (is denervated), electrical stimulation can maintain nutrition of the muscle through promoting blood flow, decrease fibrotic changes and retard denervation atrophy. Electric stimulation used on muscles that have a nerve supply (are innervated) can strengthen healthy muscle, prevent or reverse disuse atrophy, maintain or improve mobility, promote peripheral circulation and prevent fibrotic changes. There are various types of electrical stimulation in use today and the type used and its specific application depends on the goals of treatment.
  • PARAFFIN BATH A superficial thermal modality using paraffin wax and mineral oil. Paraffin is a means of delivering heat, especially to areas that are difficult to heat with anything but a liquid medium, i.e. hands and feet. The effects of paraffin are: increase of local metabolism, increased local perspiration, promotion of muscle relaxation, sedation of sensory nerve endings reducing pain and softening of the skin. Paraffin bath can be used for subacute, chronic traumatic, and inflammatory conditions. All jewelry is removed prior to treatment. The area to be treated is washed and examined for temperature sensation and skin integrity then the patient dips the extremity into the paraffin. During the treatment, layers of paraffin build up on the area being treated and the paraffin is allowed to harden. At the conclusion of the treatment, the paraffin is pealed off and the therapist may do massage or have the patient do stretching exercises to the area that was treated.
  • CONTRAST THERAPY: contrast bath therapy is that the warm water causes vasodilation of the blood flow in the limb or body followed by the cold water which causes vasoconstriction, increasing local blood circulation. Additionally, the lymph vessels contract when exposed to cold, and relax in response to heat. The lymph system, unlike the circulatory system, lacks a central pump. Alternating hot and cold, lymph vessels dilate and contract to essentially "pump" and move stagnant fluid out of the area. This positively affects the inflammation process, which is the body's primary mechanism for healing damaged tissue. One study showed that fluctuations in intramuscular temperature were lower than those caused by a hot bath alone.Other studies indicate that thermal stress seems to positively influence the immune system.
  • MASSAGE Massage therapy, also known as Swedish massage, is the most common form of massage therapy. Massage therapists use long, smooth strokes, kneading and other movements focused on superficial layers of muscle using massage oil or lotion.Massage therapy improves circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues. It relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility, and helps clear lactic acid and other waste, which reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints.
  • TRIGGER POINT THERAPY A trigger point is a hyperirritable spot that is painful. It is called a trigger point because it "triggers" a painful response.Trigger point is more than a tender nodule. It affects not only the muscle where the trigger point is located, but also causes "referred pain" in tissues supplied by nerves.Trigger points are located in a taut band of muscles fibers. The trigger point is the most tender point in the band. The    therapist will locate and remove them using and instrument or finger pressure.
  • NEUROMUSCULAR RE-EDUCATION It generally refers to a treatment technique or exercise performed by an individual with the purpose of improving coordination, balance, posture and propioception. Because of the fact that vibration training and vibration therapy exercises rely on the involuntary stretch reflex, there is a significant amount of communication occurring between the brain and the contracting muscles with each individual exercise. This serves to "jump start" the muscle through the high frequency of muscle contractions thereby enhancing the patient's ability to efficiently recruit the muscle fibers, coordinate movement being performed by the joint, and muscle tissue, and reduce the typical post-injury mechanical dysfunction in a much more rapid fashion than traditional exercise; exercise that relies on voluntary movement.
  • LOW LEVEL LASER Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is a light source treatment that generates light of a single wavelength. LLLT emits no heat, sound, or vibration. Instead of producing a thermal effect, LLLT may act via nonthermal or photochemical reactions in the cells. Benefits:

Increased ATP production by the mitochondria and increased oxygen consumption on the cellular level, which may result in muscle relaxation.

Improved blood circulation to the skin in cases like neuralgia.

Increased lymphatic flow and decreased edema.

  • CRYOTHERAPY The use of ice packs to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • THERMOTHERAPY The use of superficial heat to reduce pain and relax muscles.
  • PROSTHETIC/ORTHOTIC Training A prosthesis is an artificial device, often mechanical used to replace a missing part of the body.Prosthetic training involves working with an amputee on overall conditioning as well as specific stretching and strengthening of the involved limb and training in the use and wearing of the prosthesis.Therapy also emphasizes care of the amputation site and performance of tasks of daily living with the prosthesis an orthosis is a device that supports weak or ineffective joints or muscles, such as a splint, brace, shoe insert or cast.Orthotic training concentrates on the increase of motion, function and use of a limb that requires an orthosis for support. Therapy also emphasizes balance and coordination of activities.

 

  • MUSCLE STRETCHING EXERCISES Exercises that stretch the muscle fibers with the aim to increase muscle-tendon FLEXIBILITY, improve RANGE OF MOTION or musculoskeletal function, and prevent injuries. There are various types of stretching techniques including active, passive (relaxed), static, dynamic (gentle), ballistic (forced), isometric, and others.

 



 




 

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