BIOSPORT SERVICE SPOTLIGHTS
GRASTON TECHNIQUE One of the latest techniques being used by physical therapy services is the Graston Technique. People who suffer from chronic pain and stiffness are finding the treatment method extremely effective at helping them to manage their discomfort. The technique uses manual manipulation of the musculoskeletal system with several small, handheld tools to provide relief. The Graston Technique softens the fascia and breaks up deposits that can sometimes build up during the healing process. Its ability to effectively dissolve scar tissue can release tension throughout the entire area reducing pain and inflammation that can reduce flexibility and limit your range of motion. The list of conditions that can benefit from the Graston Technique is extensive, to learn more visit www.biosporthpysicaltherapy.com to find a list of common conditions. LASER THERAPY Drug free, pain relief is the goal for individuals suffering from acute or chronic pain. Now we can offer you a non-surgical option that truly has the power to eliminate or significantly reduce your pain. Five to ten brief treatments with this powerful laser is all it takes to realize life changing results. Many of our patients experience significant relief in their first treatment. The Deep Tissue Therapy Lasers work by flooding injured tissue with photons, or light energy, stimulating damaged cells and increasing circulation to the painful area. This creates a cascade of healing responses in your body, reducing inflammation, thereby reducing or even eliminating your pain. Treatments take just a few minutes, however the therapeutic effect continues to soothe and heal long after you leave the office. LYMPHATIC PUMP THERAPY Lymphatic pump therapy involves the movement of lymph fluid from the swollen region into parts of the lymphatic system that are still functioning. From there, the fluid is transported throughout the circulatory system. Then the treated area is wrapped with layers of compression bandages. A lymphatic compression pump is a medical device that provides lymphatic compression therapy to reduce lymphatic swelling by using a gradient pump that pushes air into a multi-chambered pneumatic sleeve device that is fitted on the affected arm/leg. The pump applies air into the sleeve, applying sequential pressure through the segmented sleeve along the extremity from the foot or hand to the body, pushing the flow of lymph fluid back to the body’s lymphatic system for relief from lymphedema, swollen legs, and chronic wounds. CUPPING As the name suggests, “cupping” involves placing several cups over strategic points on the body.The resulting suction redirects circulation, allowing blood and other fluids to flow to areas in need of healing. Because proper circulation is a key component of treating so many conditions, it’s not surprising that cupping is used as complementary therapy for a wide range of health issues. Cupping is generally used in conjunction with other treatments to help alleviate pain. Neck pain, lower back pain and migraines are among the conditions for which patients have reported favorable results. By helping to improve circulation, especially of blood and lymphatic fluids, internal scar tissue is also broken up. This improves flexibility for the patient, as well as creates a greater range of motion. ATHLETIC TAPING This process uses elastic therapeutic tape, which is exponentially more stretchable than traditional types of elastic bandage. Once this tape is stretched out and then secured around the problematic area, the tape will exert a therapeutic pulling force, while still allowing you free range of motion. The acrylic adhesive component in athletic tape is activated by body heat, meaning that as soon as your physical therapist applies the taping system, it will begin working. The pulling action achieved through athletic taping helps hold the problem joints and muscles in place as you move through your daily routines. As you’re doing so, the tape draws skin away from the muscles, allowing crucial fluids and blood to circulate more freely. This improved circulation lessens swelling and speeds healing.
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