Why Should Diathermy Be a Part of Chiropractic Care?

Treatment by Spinal ManipulationYou’ve hurt your back and are in an amazing amount of pain. When you tell your troubles to well meaning friends, they suggest that you consider diathermy. But you’re not sure what it is and why some healthcare professionals opt to include it in chiropractic care for back pain. Well, you’ve come to the right place to learn more about it.

To begin with, it’s good for you to know that there are presently three forms of diathermy that are used in chiropractic care. Each one relies on machine-generated, electrical currents that are designed to reduce inflammation, increase range of motion, address pain and promote soft tissue healing. The chiropractic treatments normally take place right in the doctor’s office and sometimes last up to 10 minutes in duration. Consequently, chiropractors often provide them before or after other treatments (e.g. spinal manipulation). The number of diathermy treatments received during chiropractic care will rightly vary on a case by case basis.

The main difference between the three modalities has to do with currents’ intensity, which determines how and where it should be utilized. Microwave diathermy is typically the weakest of the three forms. Thus, it is generally used in chiropractic care to treat minor aches and pains that may have been sustained as a result of superficial injuries or overuse. Some of the muscles that are found near the surface are the trapezius and the latissimus dorsi. They are sometimes injured when people twist the wrong way while doing yard work.

If the chiropractor feels that the damaged tissues extend well beyond the superficial, he or she will typically reach for shortwave or ultrasonic diathermy machines instead. They are traditionally used to address musculoskeletal injuries that are located 2 to 4 cm below a person’s subcutaneous tissue layer. The list of muscles found at those depths includes, but isn’t limited to the levatores costarum, transverse-spinalis and erector spinae. They are frequently injured during winter driving related accidents and falls.

Before any of the three types of treatments begin, the chiropractor will need to verify that you’re physically capable of receiving such care. That’s because they are not right for everyone. The list of people who should generally avoid such treatments includes, but doesn’t end with those who have pacemakers, various bone diseases neuropathy and select circulatory problems. To find out if you are a candidate for diathermy or another treatment method that may relieve your back pain, please contact a skilled chiropractor .


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