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Integrated Approach to Treating a Herniated/Bulging Disc. - Coshocton, OH

Laser Class 3B “Warm” Laser Therapy: 

What is Laser Therapy?

Laser Therapy, or “photo biomodulation”, is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Laser Therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970s. Now, after FDA clearance in 2002, Laser Therapy is being used extensively in the United States.

What are the benefits of Laser Therapy?

Laser Therapy is proven to bio-stimulate tissue repair and growth. The Laser accelerates wound healing and decreases inflammation, pain, and scar tissue formation. In the management of chronic pain, Class 3B Laser Therapy can provide dramatic results, is non-addictive and virtually free of side effects.

Bio “Life” stimulation and tissue regeneration are the first effects cited in much of the literature. How many therapies can make such a claim?

Laser therapy adds energy to living systems. While we are able to explain many of its molecular and biochemical effects, it also adds energy at atomic and subatomic levels.

Has effectiveness been demonstrated scientifically?

Yes. There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of Laser Therapy. Among these, there are more than one hundred rigorously controlled, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of laser for many clinical conditions.

What are the cellular Effects of Laser Therapy?

During Laser Therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.

During each painless treatment laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored, and pain is relieved.

What does laser therapy do anyway?

Physiological effects of Laser Therapy:

  • Decreased pain levels
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Increased tissue proliferation & regeneration
  • Accelerated soft tissue and bone repair
  • Increased tissue tensile strength
  • Enhanced nerve regeneration & function
  • Increased cell metabolism
  • Increased enzymatic responses
  • Increased cell membrane potentials
  • Increased microcirculation & vasodilation
  • Increased lymphatic flow
  • Increased collagen production

Mechanical Decompression:

What is involved with a Spinal Decompression Therapy Program?

Decompression Therapy Is A Technique Used to Help Heal Spinal Discs & Relieve Pain.

Spinal Decompression is precise computer-controlled tension that gently distracts the specific disc segment to reduce pain caused by:

  • Herniated/Bulging Discs
  • Degenerative Discs
  • Chronic Neck/Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Radiculopathy
  • Arthritis or Facet Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Pre/Post-Surgical Patients

About Decompression Therapy

It is a medical fact that damaged discs seldom heal on their own, as the discs are constantly under pressure. The Decompression Table uses clinically proven principles to reduce the pressure inside the discs. Decompression promotes the transfer of fluids, nutrients, and oxygen back inside the discs and results in the retraction of bulging or herniated discs, providing relief of nerve pressure and pain.

Spinal Decompression is designed to alleviate the underlying problems that cause the pain and facilitate in the natural healing of discs. With precise computer-controlled tension, the specific disc segment is slowly distracted to reduce the pressure inside the disc.

The Spinal Decompression Table comfortably and accurately increases intersegmental disc space, providing non-surgical decompression of discs. Tears in the disc annulus can heal, and sufficient fluids and nutrients can be introduced into the nucleus to reverse the disc degeneration, bulging discs, and collapse resulting from an injury. Rehydration of the disc nucleus can restore disc height which relieves the pressure on inflamed facet joints.

Through recent clinical trials, utilizing MRI, pre and post-treatment on a similar table, disc herniation was reduced 10%-90%, according to the number of treatment sessions. Patching and healing of the annulus (the outside of the disc) was also evident.

A typical daily treatment consists of 10-15 minutes on the decompression table. All treatments are administered with the patient fully clothed. The patient is positioned on the table and comfortably secured to a fixed part of the table. The table section will be electronically tilted, so that specific spinal segments can be targeted with precise and painless computer controlled tension. The specific disc segment is gently distracted to reduce the pressure inside of the disc. The treatment is comfortable, and some patients fall asleep. Most patients will find relief of their symptoms between 5 and 10 sessions while the recommended course of treatment is up to 20 sessions. Ideally, the treatments are performed daily with a rest on the weekend.

At the conclusion of your treatment series when the disc injury has been corrected, patients are given strengthening exercises to avoid repeat injury. After only a few weeks of treatment, research has shown amazing results in relieving the debilitating pain caused by degenerative, bulging, herniated or ruptured discs, as well as sciatica, posterior facet syndrome, spinal stenosis, and many failed back surgery cases. Most patients can return to normal levels of activity or recreation in just a few weeks’ time.

Facts of Life

  • Surgery success rate is 50% & Spinal Decompression success rate is 93%
  • Surgery is Painful, Risky & Spinal Decompression is Safe and often Painless
  • Spinal Decompression allows most people to work during the treatment
  • Spinal Surgery causes lost time at work

Spinal Decompression Therapy

  • Is a Non-Surgical treatment which is Safe & Painless
  • Studies have determined that 93% of patients report relief of symptoms
  • Designed to correct the problem, not just treat the symptoms
  • Pre-determined treatment period

TeslaMax Pain Relief & Muscle Balance:

The TeslaMax® is a Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulator that allows for deeper contractions for longer periods of time. This Rehab device takes advantage of AC power, instead of DC power, to limit the Maximum Amperage Per Second (MAPS) to provide a high-voltage, low-amperage muscle- stim to the patient.

Why Choose the TeslaMax 4 for Electric Muscle Stimulation?

Uses Alternating Current: The Tesla-Based Technology™ in the TeslaMax® uses alternating current (AC) instead of Direct Current (DC).

Technology™, the TeslaMax can output high voltage at a very low average amperage. With such a high volt to milliamp ratio, you can get very deep muscle contractions with no patient discomfort whatsoever. The increased contractions lead to increased perfusion, oxygenation, and circulation to treatment areas, which have shown to vastly improve patient outcomes.

In the 60’s the Russians developed a type of electrical current that could be used to enhance muscle strength for Olympic weightlifters. It was in fact more effective than traditional DC Output systems but painful when used at a high enough voltage setting to create muscle contractions; therefore it was of little use in medical clinics.  It’s ratio of amperage to voltage, while better than other DC output systems, was still too high for comfort. Eventually it fell out of favor among athletes due to the pain of usage.  The reason it was so painful was due to the use of DC (direct current – all the electrons moving in only one direction) current instead of AC (alternating current – electrons moving back and forth alternating direction).

Virtually all electrical stimulation devices use a direct current (DC) output at varying voltages, amperages, and wave forms.    The TeslaMax® AC output technology operates at nearly 2,300% lower maximum average amperage output (max 5 mAs) compared to traditional DC output systems (max 90 mAs) so that even at maximum output it cannot burn the patient or cause blisters unlike most of the other units.  This is particularly important for peripheral neuropathy patients who can’t feel much of anything in their feet. Increasing intensity to the point of perception in severe patients most often results in electrode burns.

The TeslaMax® line of TBT (Tesla-based technology) electrical muscle stimulation devices optimize the use of Nikola Tesla’s patented technology to produce the deepest possible contractions at the greatest possible comfort for patients thus dramatically increasing deep muscle activity to better move out edema and significantly increase blood circulation in the treated area.  Patients can tell that they are getting much deeper contractions with the Tesla and yet they report it is also somehow more comfortable with less “bite” to the electricity running through their muscles.

How and why it works!

The health of peripheral nerves is heavily dependent upon blood flow, which is increased by use of the TeslaMax through deep muscle stimulation.  When blood flow to an area is increased, so must the outflow. That is, as arterial blood flow increases, so does the venous return. An often-forgotten fact is that the flow of lymphatic fluid (the waste elimination system) is also increased equivalent to the venous flow. The lymphatic system pumps out the inflammation, swelling, edema and waste from an area of damage or illness. The greater the lymphatic flow, the faster a patient heals from whatever ails them.  This “pumping” of lymph is done by way of muscle contractions.

  • Atrophy
  • Muscle Re-education
  • Relaxation of muscle spasms
  • Increase in local circulation
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Chronic Pain
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Idiopathic Neuropathy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lyme Disease