Treatment Techniques in Detail

INTRAMUSCULAR STIMULATION (IMS)

Is a technique used to treat neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain is caused by an irritation of a nerve, often by a tight muscle. The irritation of the nerve causes hypersensitivity and shortening of any of the muscles that the nerve innervates which leads to further mechanical pain from the pull of the muscle. This can be referred to as myofascial pain syndrome and is often the cause of chronic pain. Because these conditions are present in the absence of any obvious signs of injury or inflammation there is often no findings on medical imaging such as MRI, CT, or X-Ray.
The IMS technique inserts needles (similar to acupuncture) into tight/tender muscles in the periphery or near the spine where the nerve root may have become irritated and hypersensitive. This causes a spasm or cramping of the muscle. It stimulates the stretch receptor in the muscle causing a reflex relaxation or muscle lengthening of the tight muscle. This release decompresses the nerve and the constant pull of the shortened muscle. The small trauma of the needle draws blood to the area to promote healing. It also creates an electrical potential in the muscle that stimulates the nerve to function normally again.

ELECTRICAL MODALITIES

Is the use of different sources of energy to treat injuries.
• Muscle stimulators: an electrical current is used to stimulate an inactive or weak muscle
• Interferential Current and TENS: used to alleviate pain, reduce muscle tone
• Ultrasound: used to promote tissue healing

MANUAL THERAPY

Is the use of highly skilled hands on techniques used to mobilize and manipulate joints and massage muscles to reduce pain and improve range of motion and function.

THERMAL AGENTS

Heat – to reduce pain and reduce muscle tone.
Ice – to reduce pain and control swelling.

THERAPEUTIC EXERCISES

Specific prescribed exercises are customized for each client to reactivate and strengthen inhibited and weakened muscles to regain muscle balance and overall strength and conditioning.

ACUPUNCTURE

involves inserting thin needles into the body at specific points to provide pain relief and muscle relaxation.

TAPING

Different types of tape and taping techniques are used to support, stabilize, and give proprioceptive feedback.

ADDRESS

Barrhaven Town Square
3777 Strandherd Drive Unit 110
Nepean (Barrhaven), ON K2J 4B1

PHONE

Call (613) 825-3837

EMAIL

info@massage-wellness.ca