Ultrasound & Electrical Stim.
Ultrasound is a common noninvasive therapy used to treat back and neck pain, tendon and ligament injuries, muscle spasms, joint problems and other spine-related conditions. First, a gel is applied to the patient’s skin to create a friction-free surface; then, the ultrasound probe is gently swirled over the area. Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to deliver heat deep into tissues and muscles. This therapy promotes circulation and healing, relaxes muscle spasms, decreases inflammation and helps alleviate pain.
Electrical stimulation is also known as Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS). TENS delivers a painless electrical current through the patient’s skin to specific nerves. The current produces mild heat that works to relieve stiffness and pain and helps to improve range of motion (i.e., mobility). This treatment is noninvasive with no known side effects. It may be used to control both acute pain and chronic pain.
SpiderTech achieves its therapeutic effect naturally by either providing structural support or by altering the patient’s sensation of pain, depending on how the tape is applied. Structurally, if the tape is stretched and applied over muscles in a shortened position, it will provide a mechanical barrier to prevent potentially harmful postures and ranges of motion. On a neurosensory level, SpiderTech helps to normalize the alterations in neurological signaling that occur after injury or as a result of chronic pain—the tape provides enhanced sensory stimulation, which essentially disrupts and diminishes signals of pain. What is revolutionary about this is that the continuous stimulation provided by wearing SpiderTech on the skin may help break the cycle of chronic pain. Patients have a decrease in the sensation of pain, plus their neural drive to the involved muscles is normalized, resulting in restored mobility and strength. SpiderTech therapy means less pain and more activity for more people.