Nearly all Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. For many, this pain will be bad enough for patients to seek treatment to relieve their back pain symptoms. Patients suffering from chronic low back pain or sciatica can have it affect their daily lives with every step they take wondering if that next step is what will cause that flare up in pain. The physical therapists of Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation can help create an individualized treatment plan to help reduce low back pain symptoms with a variety of specialized treatment services.
Also known as trigger point therapy, myofascial release aims to reduce tension in the muscles of the back. Pressure is applied to the specific pain point with the goal of eliciting a twitch response in the muscle which reduces pain and tension. Other benefits of myofascial release include:
- Improved circulation and blood flow to the area
- Better range of motion and flexibility
- Reduces joint stress
- Relaxes muscles
Traction table stretching
A common cause of sciatica is spinal stenosis which is a compression of the nerves in the lumbar spine. The compression of the sciatic nerve is what causes pain to radiate down the leg. The traction table relieves pressure on the nerves by decompressing and realigning the discs in the lumbar spine. The traction table will also gently stretch the muscles and ligaments in the low back to reduce pain and tension.
An ultrasound treatment delivers heat and energy to the tissues of the back through vibrations of the machine. Ultrasound treatment can reduce swelling and inflammation as well as increase circulation to the area. The intensity of the treatment can be adjusted to the comfort of the patient. It is often used in conjunction with other treatments such as ice or TENS unit stimulation.
Scheduling back pain treatment with Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
Back pain does not have to keep you from going about your daily routine. The physical therapists of Arrow Physical Therapy in Edison, New Jersey are experts in helping people relieve the symptoms of their back pain. Contact Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation today to schedule your initial consultation and discuss available treatment options.