Customized Stretching and Strengthening Exercises

Physical rehabilitation is an important component in a program tailored to strengthen the body and avoid injury. It is the most vital part of ongoing and preventative care. We provide patients with exercise prescriptions and easy instructions to help them return to their normal daily activities and establish long-term relief.

Building a Stronger Core

A 2009 study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that the prevalence of chronic, impairing low back pain rose from 3.9% of adults in 1992 to 10.2% in 2006. A similar 2006 study from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases said that low back pain (lumbago) is the No. 2 reason why the general public sees a doctor, second only to the common cold.

The majority of low back pain stems from the cumulative damage caused by bending forward at the waist. That motion causes the vertebrae toward the base of the spine to pinch together; if you're not careful about maintaining proper form, it can lead to serious problems like herniated discs.

When battling low back pain, most people think they just need to "train harder". However, overtraining only makes injuries or pain worse. Constant lifting puts too much strain on the lower back. Eventually, there will be a moment when your back doesn't have enough time to recover from previous strains and "fails", even through a simple movement like bending to pick something off the floor.

Besides having chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy and physical modalities, core strengthening can help reduce low back pain and injury. The core is like a guy-wire system that supports the spine so it won't buckle when lifting, bending or twisting.

A strong core also helps enforce better lifting form. It helps keep lower back stable and properly aligned so the disks are safe.

Core strengthening is an active treatment and requires more effort than passive treatments such as chiropractic manipulation or massage therapy, which give great symptomatic relief.

There is no magic-bullet exercise or all-in-one solution for all patients. Each back-pain sufferer must get a thorough biomechanical examination to determine the root causes of the pain and dysfunction. We provide thorough functional assessment of your body to determine your fitness levels and design a physical rehab program for patient to do at the office or at home.

Physical Modalities

Interferential Current

Helps reduce pain and swelling by adding a low-voltage current to the involved tissue has been proven to be safe and effective in dealing with acute injury or chronic pain. The goal is to suppress pain-transmitting nerve fiber activities, ultimately providing symptomatic relief and increased circulation to the area, and allowing better results through manual therapy.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Provides neuro-muscular stimulation through the use of electric current during physical rehabilitation. It is an effective way to re-train and strengthen muscle groups that have come extremely de-conditioned due to trauma or chronic postural defaults (poor posture).

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a therapeutic device that transmits sound waves that penetrate into body tissues. It is often used to injuries that involve tendons, ligaments, fasica, joint capsules and scar tissues. The sound waves are absorbed by tissues and create a thermal effect in the area. The result is help with pain relief, a decrease in joint stiffness and increased local blood flow. Ultrasound is also an excellent option for accelerating tissue regeneration, thereby accelerating the healing process.