EXCITING TECHNOLOGY NEWSLETTER RIGHT HERE AT TBTW
Exciting new technology is allowing TBTW to better serve our patients who are having pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, or a limited range of motion. Using state of the art diagnostic ultrasound equipment and our new electromyography tool, we can diagnose and treat a variety of nerve, joint andmuscle issues here in our office by our own Dr. Andrea Cahoon. Electromyography: • Measures amuscle’s response to nerve stimulation • Reveals nerve problems you cannot see with other diagnostic testing • Can diagnose or rule out muscle or nerve problems that are causing pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling Diagnostic Ultrasound: • Is less expensive than an MRI • Shows both muscle movement and blood flow to any area of the body • Can show a muscle or joint as it moves • Does not use radiation What is Electromyography (EMG)? For several years, neurologists have used electromyography to diagnose and rule out a variety of degenerative nerve conditions. Electrical probes were inserted into the skin providing feedback to a machine that would interpret muscle action as electrical impulses. Not only does an EMG reveal the way nerves communicate with muscles in your body, it also measures the muscle’s response. This is especially helpful for people who are experiencing numbness, tingling, burning, or pain in different areas of their body. As if that wasn’t enough, EMG can even be used to make physical therapy more effective. A recent study by Chapman University has found that EMG is especially useful in physical therapy. People were asked to perform several exercises you typically do in physical therapy while therapists used traditional
evaluation and feedback techniques. The subjects were the asked to perform the same exercises while connected to the EMG machine. Instead of simply feeling amuscle contract, non-invasive EMGmachines helped patients see a graph that represented the strength of their muscle contractions. Patients were able to get more out of their physical therapy sessions with the EMG than without it. What is Diagnostic Ultrasound? You know that sinking feeling in your stomach when you’re told you need an MRI? Those days may be limited with our new diagnostic ultrasound technology. Where MRI’s use radiation to get a stagnant picture of your body, diagnostic ultrasound can measure the muscles, tendons and blood flow of the area that is bothering you. Best of all, our physical therapists can watch the joint move during a diagnostic ultrasound. We can actually see what is going on underneath your skin that is causing pain, a limited range of motion or weakness. Now, instead of spending time inside of a tube and money on expensive diagnostic tests that may not tell us what we need to know, we can perform our own diagnostic ultrasound for a complete picture of what is happening in your body. If you are experiencing pain of any kind or if you have a question about either of our new diagnostic testing tools, contact Total Body Therapy & Wellness to schedule your appointment today. Let us show you a better way to begin your journey to pain-free health and happiness.
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