At Cabot Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists’ expertise is in their in-depth understanding of how the body moves and functions. Our approach focuses on the assessment and treatment of injury or disorders to improve function and mobility. Your Physiotherapist has a variety of treatments that may be recommended depending on your specific situation and requirements. You’ll find more information about the treatments that we offer below.
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Mechanical Traction / Spinal Decompression
Mechanical traction or spinal decompression is the application of a pulling force to the spine by a traction machine. It is applied to the low back or neck and separates the vertebra and spinal structures unloading discs and joints and improving pain-free range of motion. Mechanical traction has been an important treatment technique at Cabot Physiotherapy for many years. Mechanical traction is very effective in helping to deal with the pain and dysfunction associated with:
- Disc injuries (bulge, herniation)
- Degenerative disc disease
- Pinched nerves
- Referred pain (“sciatica”)
- Spinal osteoarthritis
- Spinal osteophytes
- Spinal stenosi
Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used systems of healing in the world. It involves the insertion of fine needles to stimulate the body to produce its own pain relieving substances called “endorphins.” It is a very effective tool for relieving muscle tension and trigger-points and also stimulates various systems in the body including the sympathetic nervous system which helps to decrease inflammation and promote healing.
Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) or Dry Needling is a type of therapy that involves the insertion of fine needles into tight bands within muscles. The result is a release of the tight band or “trigger point”.
The needles are solid and do not deliver any solution – this is why it is known as a “dry needling” technique. The tight bands within the muscles are responsible for shortening and compression across the joints causing pain, inflammation and restriction.
If you are having myofascial pain or pain that is affecting your muscles, ask our physiotherapists about dry needling.
Manual Therapy has long been the mainstay of Physiotherapy at our clinic. As ‘manual’ implies, manual therapy is the “hands-on” treatment techniques aimed at mobilizing restricted joints and tissues, decreasing swelling and muscle tone, permitting the restoration of normal movement. All our therapists at Cabot Physio pride themselves on their “hands-on” approach to treatment.
Shockwave is a non-invasive treatment technique that involves the production of acoustic shockwaves to treat chronic, painful conditions of the musculoskeletal system. It stimulates the healing process resulting in an immediate reduction of pain and improved ease of movement. Studies show that shockwave therapy is highly effective and completely safe when used for the appropriate conditions, leaving no negative health effects.
Some conditions commonly treated with shockwave therapy include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Patellar tendinitis
- Lateral epicondylitis
- Medial epicondylitis
- Shoulder tendinitis
- Chronic inflammation
- Shin splints
- Morton’s neuroma
- Stress fractures
- Muscle trigger points
Laser therapy is a non-invasive, pain-free therapy that applies concentrated wavelengths of light through the skin to the deeper tissues of the body, including muscles, tendons, nerves, ligaments, and joints. As this light reaches the damaged tissue it stimulates a number of intracellular and metabolic processes which act to reduce pain and accelerate tissue healing. At Cabot Physiotherapy we use a Theralase class III medical laser which is the gold standard in laser therapy.
Key effects of Laser Therapy include:
- Increased collagen production
- Increased muscle regeneration
- Reduced Inflammation and Edema
- Facilitated nerve regeneration
- Accelerated bone remodelling/bone repair
Conditions commonly treated with LASER include:
- Back and Neck pain
- Sprains and strains
- Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Therapeutic Ultrasound is a modality that utilizes the transmission of ultrasonic waves into tissues to create a therapeutic effect. Ultrasound is applied using the head of an ultrasound probe that is placed in direct contact with your skin via a transmission coupling gel.
Therapeutic ultrasound has been shown to cause increases in:
- Healing rates
- Tissue relaxation
- Tissue heating
- Local blood flow
- Scar tissue breakdown
Interferential Current Therapy
Interferential Current Therapy (IFC) is an effective therapy option used by many physiotherapy clinics to relieve pain, inflammation, curing edema and spasms. The high-frequency signals of IFC penetrate through the skin into deeper lying muscle tissues which stimulates nerves and begins the healing process. Frequencies produced by the IFC have been proven to stimulate endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.