DR. CHARMAINE MAGALE, DC, CCSP, ART
Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)
Electrical impulses applied to muscles using pads that conduct the impulses through the skin, producing a soothing, tingling sensation. The treatment is used to increase circulation, decrease pain and muscle spasm, and facilitate healing of injured soft tissues.
Sound wave therapy that causes deep tissue/muscle warming. This promotes tissue relaxation and therefore is useful in treating muscle tightness and spasms. The warming effect of the sound waves also cause vessel vasodilatation and increase circulation to the area that assists in healing. With the adjustment of the setting, it can also be used to decrease inflammation.
A treatment table that rolls or massages the spine from underneath while the patient lies comfortable on their back. This table helps with blood flow and to reinforce the adjustment by creating additional movement to spinal joints.
Cold Therapy (Ice)
Therapeutic effects of cold include pain relief, decreased swelling and inflammation in acute injuries, and decreases spasticity and muscle guarding.
Therapeutic effects of heat include increasing the extensibility of collagen tissues; decreasing joint stiffness; reducing pain; relieving muscle spasms; reducing inflammation, edema, and aids in the post-acute phase of healing; and increasing blood flow. The increased blood flow to the affected area provides proteins, nutrients, and oxygen for better healing.
Improves speed and quality of acute and chronic wound healing, soft tissue healing, pain relief, improves the immune system and nerve regeneration. Applications with good evidence include Venous Ulcers, Diabetic Ulcers, Osteoarthritis, tendonitis, Post Herpetic Neuralgia (PHN, shingles) & postoperative pain.