What types of treatments are involved in the Spinetrack program?
It is important to keep in mind that Spinetrack is an individualized treatment program and therefore not all therapies may be required for your care. Thorough orthopaedic and neurological exams are essential in the creation of your personal Spinetrack program. This is a summary of the different treatment options available; they may be included in your Spinetrack program, depending on your condition.
Spinal decompression is a process whereby forces are applied to the spine in a manner that maximizes spinal elongation. Spinal elongation is maximized when paraspinal muscles, the muscles that guard the spine from injury, are relaxed. When paraspinal muscles relax, applied spinal decompressive forces spread apart the bony vertebrae of the spine. This relieves pressure on nerves and intervertebral discs. Where this spinal elongation occurs, pressure drops within the disc which facilitates movement of fluid, carrying nutrients and oxygen inside the disc. Additionally, the reduction in pressure can help draw in herniated disc fluids, reducing the size of herniation.
Lumbar Support Belt
Lumbar belts are devices designed to provide support to the lumbar region. Our lumbar support belt resembles a girdle that fastens in the front. Typically, the belt will feature a combination of Velcro® and buckles on the front, making it possible to adjust the device to a comfortable fit while still providing support. Lumbar support belts may be worn to help provide back pain relief or to help prevent back pain from developing.
Chiropractic is an art, science and philosophy which utilizes the inherent recuperative powers of the body to heal itself. Chiropractic focuses on the detection and correction of vertebral subluxations. Thereby, allowing proper transmission of mental and neural impulses between the brain and your body. Athletes seek Chiropractic care since it is a drug free way to better health and performance. Chiropractic adjustments help ensure that the body functions as efficiently as possible. It can also help speed recovery from injuries ranging from ankle sprains to separated shoulders, to the all common lower back pain.
Active Release Techniques/Physical Therapy
This is a state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. Active Release Techniques/Physical Therapy has been used my athletes worldwide for over 20 years, it helps them to increase their performance levels in the areas of strength, speed, power and agility.
Physiotherapy – Guided Strengthening and Stretching
Physiotherapists understand how the body moves, what keeps it from moving well and how to
restore mobility. Working as part of our health-care team our physiotherapist strives to improve your health and mobility. We will also advise on ways to prevent future health problems from occurring before they arise. By strengthening and stretching the muscles of your back, stomach, core, and thighs, you can help reduce or prevent problems with back pain. Our physiotherapist will design a program of stretches and will work with you on specifically strengthening areas that will aide you in recovering from your back and/or neck pain.
The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of muscular and neurological conditions, digestive, respiratory, urinary, menstrual and reproductive organs. Acupuncture promotes healing and improves body function by inserting ultra thin needles in very specific points on the body. These needles are much smaller than hypodermic needles; they part the tissue so it’s essentially painless. The use of acupuncture to treat the condition of back and neck pain has increased dramatically in the past few decades as more and more people are seeing the benefits and feeling the relief acupuncture provides while not incurring any side effects.
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for those suffering from many joint and tendon disorders. ESWT
(Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy) sends acoustic shock waves into bone or soft tissue, in effect reinjuring the area on a cellular level and breaking up the scarring that has penetrated tendons and ligaments. The controlled reinjuring of tissue allows the body to regenerate blood vessels and bone cells. The resulting revascularization leads to faster healing and often a return to pre-injury activity levels.
Nutritional Supplement Therapy
Nutritional supplements are essential in maintaining a healthy active lifestyle. They aide the body in preventing conditions and improve existing conditions. Holistic nutritional practices address the whole body, identifying imbalances and striving to bring the body back into balance. While it is difficult to get all the nutrients your body needs from a regular diet, boosting a healthy lifestyle with nutritional supplements, especially those geared towards your specific condition, will greatly aide your recovery.
Ultrasound therapy is a treatment modality used by therapists to treat pain conditions, and to promote tissue healing. The procedure applies continuous or short pulses of ultrasonic waves to the area of treatment. While ultrasound therapy is not effective for all chronic pain conditions, depending on your condition and exam results, Ultrasound may be of great benefit to you.
IFC/ TENS Therapy
Interferential current therapy is a treatment to aid the relief of pain and the promotion of soft-tissue healing. Tiny electrical impulses are induced into the tissues in the area of the pain. Where these waves intersect below the surface of the skin, the low-frequency stimulation induces the body to secrete endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain-killers. Most patients find interferential therapy to be very beneficial and describe the treatment as being relaxing and having a ‘pins and needles’ sensation.