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Electrical therapy has many benefits including decreasing acute and chronic pain, muscle strengthening and re-education, reduction of swelling and inflammation, wound healing, stimulating microcirculation and increasing blood flow. The following electrical therapy modalities are available at our center:
Hot moist heat is used to reduce muscle spasm and increase blood flow. Cold packs are utilized to decrease pain and inflammation.
Dr. Yeager performs many stretching techniques including proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) to improve range of motion and increase elasticity of the musculotendinous tissue. PNF stretching is currently the fastest and most effective way known to increase flexibility. Patients are instructed on how to perform stretches at home which are specific to their condition.
Stabilization and Strengthening Exercises
Specific strengthening programs are tailored to the individual from spinal stabilization to isometric shoulder exercises. Training for strength and flexibility of the trunk and extremities is necessary for developing adequate postural control and stabilization skills. Stabilization can reduce or eliminate repetitive microtrauma and allow healing to occur.
The patient’s physical capacity is used to structure the program. Patients are taught the proper way to perform exercises to decrease the possibility of reinjury. The patient learns how to balance muscular function and flexibility to control the stresses involved in movement.
The combination of stretching and strengthening exercises results in a more successful return to activities for the patient and is a key to a healthier lifestyle.