Alivio Pain & Injury Recovery Center takes pride in offering patients suffering from back, joint and muscle pain in Brownsville and surrounding areas the best quality of care.

Electro-Muscle Stimulation

It is a special form of electrical current that is administered at the site of soft tissue injury, especially muscles, for the blocking of pain. Electro-Muscle Stimulation is used as an effective form of pain relief. It is recommended in cases in which pain is accompanied by swelling and inflammation.

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Ultrasound

Ultrasound treatment can usually be administered directly to the area of complaint, penetrating deep into the body. The rise in temperature, increases blood flow, relaxes muscle spasms, massages damaged tissues and speeds the healing process.

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Massage

Massage is a term describing a variety of techniques using the hands, mechanical or electrical apparatus to stimulate or soothe soft tissues of the body for therapeutic purposes. Massage works by kneading and striking muscles to relax them and uses friction to stimulate soft tissues. This therapy can increase blood and lymph circulation while breaking up scar tissue between muscle fibers.

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Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is a term that describes the application of ice, cold towels, ice massage and compresses to reduce the temperature of tissues directly on or below the surface of the skin. Surface cooling constricts blood vessels, numbs painful areas and helps relax muscle spasms. Cold temperatures reduce nerve transmission of painful symptoms and provide temporary relief.

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Superficial Heat

Hot packs, warm moist towels, heating pads, water bottles and infrared lamps are often used to help raise the temperature of soft tissues directly below the surfaces of the skin. Heat applied to the surface of the skin enlarges blood vessels below the surface relaxing tissues and can temporarily relieve painful symptoms. Increasing circulation and relaxing muscles is helpful before or after chiropractic adjustments, exercise and other treatments.

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Intersegmental Traction

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

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Exercise Therapy

Exercise Therapy is a set of repetitive stretching or strengthening maneuvers designed to develop weakened or injured muscle groups that support the spine. Specific exercises help rehabilitate and stabilize the spine. The individual bones of the spine are held in place by muscles and ligaments. Proper motion and position of these bones are crucial for proper nervous system function, correct posture and good health. Exercises and repeated maneuvers help re-pattern and condition these connective tissues.

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Active Therapy Rehab

Active therapy rehab is necessary to rehabilitate muscle skeletal injuries. Exercises consist of stretching, strengthening and low-impact aerobic conditioning. Each patient will maintain a moderate exercise regimen.

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Diathermy

It is a form of shortwave electro-magnetic energy used to raise the temperature of certain soft tissues below the surface of the skin. Unlike a heat lamp, the Diathermy energy field passes through the softer tissues near the surface of the body turning into heat when reaching the more dense tissues below the surface. This increases blood circulation and can help speed the healing process.

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Passive Therapy

Passive therapy is used for acute conditions. Passive means the patient does no work during the treatment.

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