Acupuncture is one of the ancient traditional Chinese medicine treatment modalities that has been proven to be effective in treating people with headache. Different fine needles are inserted into different points of the body, known as acupoints. The purpose is to regulate the energy flow in different meridians, based on Chinese medicine theory. Another way to understand this is to stimulate central nervous system of the body to release endorphins, a natural pain killer. These substances can also bring you into a state of relaxation and alleviate the stress. Most of the people will not experience any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
Biofeedback techniques for migraines and headache have been well studied and utilized to control pain. It involves teaching the brain to achieve a balance between the sympathetic (fight or flight) part and the parasympathetic (relaxation, slowness) parts of the nervous system. Through lessons in biofeedback techniques, by learning how to lower heart rate, biofeedback for migraines can decrease body temperature, loosen muscle tension and decrease sweating. This is how you control your pain. Biofeedback is not a passive treatment. It requires intensive participation in learning to control such normally involuntary functions that are part of the parasympathetic system.
Physical Therapy can be used for treatment of frozen shoulder, Bell's palsy, neck pain, tennis elbow, knee replacement and much more. Treatments include reducing pain and inflammation, ice, heat, compression and elevation, improving muscle flexibility and physical function, stretching, exercises, electrical stimulation, ultrasound and mobilization. Specific methodologies are used for corresponding ailments. Our staff is trained to create a physical therapy plan for your individual needs.
Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin; practitioners believe this mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing. Suction is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps). A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction
In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) cupping is a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum on the patient's skin to dispel stagnation— stagnant blood and lymph, thereby improving qi flow— to treat respiratory diseases such as the common cold, common cold , pneumonia and bronchitis. Cupping also is used on back, neck, shoulder and other musculoskeletal conditions.
Gua Sha is a healing technique used in Asia by practitioners of Traditional Medicine, in both the clinical setting and in homes, but little known in the West. It involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation where the skin is pressured, in strokes, by a round-edged instrument; that results in the appearance of small red petechiae called 'sha', that will fade in 2 to 3 days.
Raising Sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic, promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes.The patient experiences immediate relief from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, nausea, and so on. Gua Sha is valuable in the prevention and treatment of acute infectious illness, upper respiratory and digestive problems, and many other acute or chronic disorders.
Laser therapy has been widely used in European and Asian countries such as England, Germany, Australia and Hong Kong. Its rapid clinical improvement ahs been observed in physical therapy daily practice. Laser therapy stimulates and hastens soft tissue healing such as ligament, tendon and muscle. It boosts up the cellular energy level and accelerate regional metabolism. The following conditions have been found to respond very well to laser therapy: Carpanl tunnel syndrome, Tennis elbow, Tendinitis, Bursitis, Sprained ankle and wrist pain.
TLC Clove Lake Physical Therapy is pleased to announce that we will be offering an exciting new pain management therapy called Calmare Therapy.
Calmare Therapy, also known as Scrambler Therapy, is a non-narcotic, non-invasive procedure for the treatment of chronic pain and is available here at TLC Clove Lake Physical Therapy under the care of Jack D’Angelo, M. D., and Christopher Perez, M. D.
Scrambler Therapy is effective for the following conditions:
Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN)
Sciatica/Low Back &Leg Pain/Neck & Arm Pain
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
Post Herpetic Neuropathy (Pain from shingles)
Oncologic Pain Resistant to Drug Treatment
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
Patients who do not want narcotics or are trying to reduce their drug needs for their pain
Patients that would like to try a non-invasive treatment modality before invasive pain management options or surgical intervention
Calmare therapy may help manage your pain and is currently covered by many major insurance carriers.
Speak to our physical therapists to discuss whether Calmare Therapy may be benefit to you.
Live Pain Free. No Drugs. No surgery.