Friday, March 20, 2015
With the company that I work for, Rehab Synergies, we are contracted with ACP (Accelerated Care Plus) and they provide all of our therapeutic modalities. Below are just a few that we use to help anyone suffering from a disability to help rehabilitate and get back on their feet:
The OmniVR is the world's first virtual rehabilitation system designed specifically for the needs of geriatric patients and more medically complex conditions. This easy-to-use technology improves exercise participation, repetition and duration by re-creating the patient's movements in a 3-D, real-time interactive experience. Research has shown that treatment outcomes generated by virtual reality rehabilitation can match or exceed those from real world activities and exercises. These benefits may result from the enhanced feedback, motivation and repetitions that occur among patients exercising in virtual reality.
Electrical stimulation (e-stim) has been used safely for many decades to help manage pain, relieve muscle spasms, increase range-of-motion, prevent muscle disuse atrophy, increase circulation and re-educate muscles. Gentle electrical stimulation is transmitted through electrode pads placed at or near the affected area to stimulate nerves, which creates muscle contractions and a release of the body's own pain-relieving biochemicals. Electrical stimulation is generally considered to be painless and is well tolerated by most patients.
Therapeutic Ultrasound has been used by physical therapists for many years. This therapy device creates high frequency sound waves beyond the range of human hearing. The vibration caused by these sound waves when applied to soft tissues, muscles and tendons can create a heating effect to help reduce pain, increase blood flow, increase the extensibility of collagen tissues, decrease joint stiffness and contractures, reduce muscle spasms, and decrease chronic inflammation associated with conditions such as Bursitis and Tendonitis.
By varying the frequency of these vibrations, the depth and the amount of heat generated can be controlled for "thermal" (continuous mode) or "sub-thermal" (pulsed mode) applications depending on the condition being treated. Ultrasound may be used to assist in the treatment of conditions such as tendonitis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness, arthritis, contractures and to improve circulation in the treatment of slow healing wounds. Ultrasound is typically useful for smaller treatment sites and is applied using a round-headed applicator called a transducer that is placed over a transmission gel on the patient's skin. Ultrasound is generally considered painless and is well tolerated by most patients.
Pulsed Shortwave Diathermy uses electromagnetic waves to create a heating effect that increases circulation in the body’s tissues. Diathermy has been used for several decades to help reduce pain and inflammation, decrease joint stiffness, relieve muscle spasms and increase local blood flow. Applied to the patient through a large applicator (head or drum), Shortwave Diathermy may be used to assist in the treatment of soft tissue injuries, slow healing wounds and arthritis. Shortwave Diathermy’s mild to vigorous thermal effects may also be used to increase the extensibility of collagen tissues in connective tissue disorders such as scar tissue and contractures. Shortwave Diathermy is generally considered painless and is well tolerated by most patients.
These modalities are a big part of the reason that therapy has come such a long way. People with disabilities or diseases have been able to rehabilitate to their prior level of function much quicker with the aid of these modalities.