Dr. Bergeson understands the importance of adding rehabilitative exercises to your treatment plan. Retraining of muscles is needed to ensure that there is not a reoccurrence of the problem in the future. For example, core strength is essential for stabilization and proper function of the spine and body. Each patient will be coached on how to do the exercises properly in the office before leaving to perform them at home. Most exercises can be done with little to no equipment.
Dr. Bergeson may also use the following therapeutic procedures for your rehab:
Thermal ultrasound therapy uses a more continuous transmission of sound waves. The sound waves cause microscopic vibrations in deep tissue molecules, increasing heat and friction. The warming effect encourages healing in soft tissues by increasing metabolism at the cellular level.
Transcutaneous Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation (TENS) is a physical therapy modality used to manage acute and chronic pain in physical therapy. Your physical therapist will use TENS to decrease your pain by applying electrodes to your body over painful areas. The intensity of the electricity will be adjusted to block the pain signals traveling from your body to your brain.
Your chiropractor will gently massage the myofascia and feel for stiff or tightened areas. Normal myofascia should feel pliable and elastic. Then we will begin massaging and stretching the areas that feel rigid with light manual pressure. We will aid the tissue and supportive sheath in releasing pressure and tightness. The process is repeated multiple times on the same trigger point and on other trigger points until the therapist feels the tension is fully released.
Kinesiology tape was developed in the 1970s by a chiropractor named Dr. Kenso Kase, DC. He found that using a flexible tape that harnessed the interface between the skin and the muscles could provide long-lasting effects for his patients. He developed many of the techniques used in kinesiology taping today, and he also has his own brand of tape called Kinesiotape.
Passing & Active Stretching
Similar to active stretching, you hold the position for a period of time. Passive stretching is often utilized during recovery from exercise to relax your muscles and connective tissue.
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