Biofeedback is used to treat a wide variety of pelvic floor issues, along with urinary, bladder, and fecal issues. Biofeedback is a safe and painless treatment that involves the insertion of a small probe into the vagina or rectum to measure the muscle function of the area. The probe is hooked up to a special software program that provides feedback on the contraction and relaxation of the muscles. Biofeedback is a high-tech diagnosis tool that can aid in isolating muscle strength and weakness, spasms, and mark patient progress.
Functional Bladder Retraining
Functional bladder retraining involves increasing the bladder’s capacity so that the patient does not have to void as often. A bladder log will help the patient to get control of their urinary schedule by slowing increasing the amount of time in between urinating.
Cold laser therapy is also known as low level laser therapy, photobiomodulation, and laser biostimulation. This technique utilizes exposure to a low-level laser light that stimulates cellular function. Certain wavelengths, pulses, and beam penetrations can aid in tissue regeneration, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and boost the immune system.
Cryotherapy is the use of cold in a variety of modalities to treat a medical condition. It is used for inflammatory conditions like sprains and strains. It minimizes edema and hemorrhage that can be associated with injury, thus helping to limit pain. Cryotherapy can also help reduce muscle spasms and joint soreness.
Electrical stimulation is used to enhance, supplement, or re-enforce a muscle contraction. A low frequency electrical stimulation is applied to the patient through adhesive pads to improve joint mobility, break down adhesions, and decrease muscle spasms.
Paraffin wax has a low melting point; therefore, it works well as a heating agent for hands and feet. By dipping into the wax multiple times, the therapist can build a layer that holds heat for 10-20 minutes – great to use before exercise.
Prenatal and postpartum therapy helps women to maintain a pain-free lifestyle and teaches safe ways to exercise while improving postural awareness. Prenatal classes offer psychosocial support for mothers-to-be while helping to prepare for the birthing process. Body mechanic education helps the patient to learn how go through everyday activities with safe movements that reduce the risk of injury or pain. Massage is also a useful treatment for prenatal and postpartum patients.
New moms deal with physical stresses such as caring for the new baby, breast feeding and related postural changes, putting the baby in and out of car, and a variety of musculoskeletal changes due to the pregnancy. RITWW therapists can help to get postpartum patients to get back into shape and tone up the abdominal muscles again.
Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
Transcutaneous nerve stimulation (TENS) is a temporary pain reducer. Using a low voltage of electrical current with a varying frequency, your therapist can impede the brain’s perception of pain. Interferential current is a form of transcutaneous nerve stimulation primarily used for pain relief in cases that require deeper penetration and comfort.
Ultrasound provides both heat and mechanical stimulation to tissues. The use of continuous-wave ultrasound can increase tissue temperature at depths of 3 to 5 cm, which helps improve tissue extensibility and modify blood flow. Pulsed ultrasound has been proven to improve blood flow without heat.