Physiotherapy Treatments

Physio-therapeutic modalities can assists the healing process, decreases pain and discomfort from injuries, and can help strengthen, relax. and heal muscles and soft tissues.

mesa-chiropractor-ahnen-ems[1]Below are a few of the treatment modalities we used daily in our practice.

Hot Packs: We wrap moist hot packs in several layers of towels and place them on the area that needs treatment. The heat provided by the hot packs has several important benefits.

It relaxes tight muscles causing tissues to relax. This decreases pain caused by muscle tension or spasms.

It also causes vasodilation of the blood vessels which increases circulation to the area. Patients with muscle strains, spasms, or arthritis often benefit from treatment with moist hot packs.

Cold Packs: Cold Packs are a frozen gel substance used by to treat areas of pain and inflammation.

The cold packs are wrapped in a paper towel and applied directly to the area in need of treatment.

The cold transferred to the patient’s skin, muscle, and tissue has several beneficial effects.

The cold temperature causes vasoconstriction of the blood vessels in the area. This decreases the inflammation in the area. By decreasing inflammation, pain and swelling are decreased.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation: An electrical current used to cause a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract.

By placing electrodes on the skin in various locations the we can recruit the appropriate muscle fibers. Contracting the muscle via electrical stimulation helps strengthen the affected muscle. The current settings can be changed to allow for a forceful or gentle muscle contraction. Along with increasing muscle strength, the contraction of the muscle also promotes blood supply to the area that assists in healing.

TENS: A TENS unit stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. It is a small battery operated machine that uses electrical transmission to decrease pain. Electrodes are applied to the affected area. The machine is turned on and an electrical current is sent through the electrodes. A tingling sensation is felt in the underlying skin and muscle. This signal disrupts the pain signal that is being sent from the affected area to the surrounding nerves. By breaking this signal, the patient experiences less pain. These units may be used at home.

Interferential Current: Interferential Current Therapy (IFC)

Patient Benefits:

  • Reduces painful symptoms
  • Decreases local swelling
  • Helps restore normal movements
  • Releases the body’s natural painkillers
  • Accelerates the healing process

Interferential current therapy is a treatment to aid the relief of pain and the promotion of soft-tissue healing.

Tiny electrical impulses are induced into the tissues in the area of the pain. Where these waves intersect below the surface of the skin, the low-frequency stimulation induces the body to secrete endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain-killers.

Most patients find interferential therapy to be very beneficial and describe the treatment as being relaxing and having a ‘pins and needles’ sensation.

Ligament sprains, muscle strains and spasms often respond well to interferential current therapy

Micro current: Micro current Therapy

For patients with chronic pain, micro current therapy can be a godsend. Its track record is particularly good for conditions such as fibromyalgia, neuropathy, shingles, sciatica, diabetic ulcers, and other intractable conditions that often fail to respond to conventional treatment.

What is Micro current Therapy?

Micro current is a novel therapy that utilizes extremely low-level electrical currents (micro currents) to treat nerve and muscle pain, inflammation, and other health challenges. Each tissue type in your body has its own signature electrical frequency, which may be disrupted by injury or disease. Micro current therapy simply restores normal frequencies within the cells, resulting in remarkable improvements in pain, inflammation, and function.

How Does Micro current Therapy Work?

At the cellular level, micro current therapy stimulates a dramatic increase in ATP, the energy that fuels all biochemical functions in the body. It also bumps up protein synthesis, which is necessary for tissue repair. The ensuing enhancement in blood flow and decrease in inflammation translates into reductions in pain and muscle spasm and increased range of motion.

For patients with chronic pain, micro current therapy can be a godsend. Its track record is particularly good for conditions such as fibromyalgia, neuropathy, shingles, sciatica, diabetic ulcers, and other intractable conditions that often fail to respond to conventional treatment.

Heal Faster and Stronger With Micro current Therapy

Micro current therapy is rapidly becoming a favorite of professional athletes and sports teams as well as weekend warriors. When NFL player Terrell Owens sustained a severe injury to his ankle six weeks prior to the 2005 Super Bowl, everyone assumed his season was over. Terrell credits his ability to play, not to mention his spectacular performance, to micro current and other alternative therapies he underwent.

A Typical Treatment Session

During a typical treatment, you recline comfortably while specific micro current frequencies are delivered to targeted tissues. The therapist uses electrodes or special gloves to direct the currents and places warm, moist towels over the affected area to facilitate conduction. Unlike the more familiar TENS units, which also use electrical currents to relieve pain, micro currents are so weak that they don’t stimulate the sensory nerves, so you feel no shock-like sensations.

A treatment course typically involves several sessions, and benefits accrue over time. Microcurrent therapy is safe, FDA-approved, and has no significant adverse effects. However, it is not recommended for patients who have pacemakers or are pregnant.

Note: It is important to be well-hydrated before and after treatment. Be sure to drink plenty of water while undergoing this therapy.

Portrait Of A Water Therapy InstructorWhat Conditions Benefit From Micro current Therapy?

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Herpes
  • Neuropathy
  • Sciatica
  • Shingles
  • Slow-healing wounds
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendon and ligament pain

Laser: Cold Laser / Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) for tissue healing, inflammation, pain relief and wounds.

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) or “cold laser therapy” is on track to become one of the most important developments in life sciences since the discovery of penicillin. LLLT dramatically reduces musculoskeletal pain and inflammation as well as promoting tissue repair wherever the laser beam is applied. This is not a heat treatment, the effects are photochemical. One of the primary actions is on mitochondrial production of ATP, therefore potentially affecting any eukaryotic cell in the body.

LLLT has undergone over 1000 published laboratory studies and is already proven in over 100 successful randomised double blind controlled clinical trials (RCT’s). These trials include osteoarthritis, tendinitis / tendinopathies and other sports injuries, back and neck pain, diabetic foot and venous ulcer wound healing.

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Pneumatic Therapy – air pressure used to apply pressure.

Inter-segmental traction (IST)

What is inter-segmental Traction?

It is a way of inducing passive motion into the spine for the purpose of stretching spinal joints and increasing mobility.

How does Inter-segmental Traction Work?

The patient lies face up on a bench table which has roller-type cams beneath its surface. These rollers can slowly travel the length of the spine, stretching spinal joints.

What does Inter-segmental Traction feel like?

Most patients find this form of treatment to be relaxing and very helpful. The gentle rolling action is restful, exercising the spine without effort.

Why is Inter-segmental Traction used?

Since discs have a poor blood supply, they get nutrients from the circulation of fluids surrounding spinal joints. Fixations prevent this natural circulation and can cause disc thinning and degeneration. Inter-segmental traction helps increase and restore necessary elasticity and motion to the spine.

Patient Benefits:

  • Reduces painful symptoms
  • Increases spinal mobility
  • Improves blood supply to the disc, causing it to heal more quickly
  • Decreases local swelling
  • Reduces spinal fixations
  • Accelerates the healing process
  • Combined with the Chiropractic Adjustment, Inter-segmental Traction is a very effective way to help your body heal more quickly

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  • Dr. Ahnen, is very professional and really cares about helping you get better. — Mark SMesa, AZ - May 19, 2013Awesome Chiropractor!
  • Thank You Dr. Ahnen for what you have done in the past for me in 2001 and what you are doing now in 2011 to help my neck and back physical issues. In 2001; ten years ago a driver ran a red light in Phoenix, Arizona and hit my vehicle head on; totaled my vehicle. I was carried out on a stretcher by the ambulance crew to the nearest hospital. It was 10 years ago in 2001; I found Dr. Ahnen. Dr. Ahnen did a remarkable job to help me recovery from the car accident. I have noticed as we get older our bodies change. So, here I am now 10 years later in 2011; I developed this bulging mass in my neck; felt like the size of a baseball. I thought something is not right; my entire back is aching; my leg gets cramps. I can not sit or stand for long periods of time. The first doctor that comes to mind is Dr. Ahnen; I remember the remarkable out come I had with Dr. Ahnen in 2001; no doubt in my mind I am going back to Dr. Ahnen to see what this is in my neck. I must say the treatments I am receiving which started in April 2011 are helping me tremendously! I have notice a wonderful difference; the bulge in my neck is gone! Praise the Lord! Thank God for Dr. Ahnen. The back adjustments and treatments I am getting for my back are helping me. I can not forget about Dr. Ahnen’s Staff; Julia is so very kind, the message therapist are wonderful. I am very grateful to Dr. Ahnen and would not go anywhere else for my treatments. — Bridgette M. - Tempe, AZ - Sep 21, 2011Dr. Ahnen is a God send!
  • I wish to say thank you to Dr Ahnen for helping to keep me moving… and having a better grasp at life. I have many physical issues and he and his crew have helped me to keep on working 12 hour shifts that I am up and around at least 75% of that time, plus survive through regular time. He has figured out ways to help so I can function without having surgery so far… Hope I will not ever have to do that. Thank you again Dr. Ahnen. — Karan O. - Tempe, AZ - May 16, 2012Dr. Ahnen has helped to keep me moving…
  • I’m a patient of Dr. Ahnen. I’ve been to him many times for healing injuries from playing racquetball and from a car accident. He and his very friendly office staff have always taken great care of me with multiple therapies, adjustments, and therapeutic massages. These therapies have all helped to speed up my recovery and helped me to stay healthy. I highly recommend his office for any of your painful needs for quick healing. — Jeff M. - Mesa, AZ - Aug 20, 2012Helped speed my recovery and keep me healthy
  • 15 years of living with lower back pain and medications came to end after being treated by Dr Ahnen and his staff. It was just in time too, I was even considering back surgery. I had seen other Chiropractors before, But none had ever taken the holistic approach he did. He listened, asked many questions, took measurements, X-rays then diagnosed me with Facet Syndrome. Dr Ahnen, then put together a get well plan. The plan included me doing stretch exercises, something I was not doing that was contributing to the constant pain. He explained that several muscles were causing some of the problem. Because they weren’t being stretched, they were pulling on my midsection, exacerbating the problem as a result. The program included stretching at home, weekly visits and massage therapy from his staff. Interestingly and sometimes embarrassing, Dr Ahnen could tell whether I was doing my stretch exercises at home or not just by measuring and checking the resistance of my legs when he had me stretch at each visit. At first I didn’t look forward to my appointments but soon realized the pain was fading and was soon gone completely. I’m in maintenance mode now and still pain free. I’m pretty certain I would have gone forward with surgery if I had not been lucky enough to meet him. I just wish he would have been as lucky. I’m assuming most people don’t know this, but Dr. Ahnen did have back surgery. (Sorry Doc, if you post this, everyone will know) I believe this is one of the reasons why he is so good at what he does and why he cares so much about his patients. He just wants to make sure that surgery is a last resort. I have and always will, recommend Ahnen Chiropractic to anyone. Sincerely, — Roy Hughes - Mesa, AZ - Aug 7, 2013Pain and Drug Free thanks to Dr. Ahnen and his staff
  • I have always enjoyed my visits to Dr. Ahnen’s office. The staff is courteous and professional and Dr. Ahnen takes a personal interest in my care. From the beginning the quality of care has been high with a wide selection of available therapies. Go to Ahnen Chiropractic and see the difference yourself. — Rick - Mesa, AZ - Apr 14, 2013Courteous and Professional Staff