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Every patient is an individual with a unique nuance to their problems. Dr. Dahl knows that a “one pill cure” is never the answer, so he addresses each problem as unique with its own set of challenges. Dr. Dahl has several physical medicine modalities he can employ in treating pain generating problems.
- Manual Manipulation: Traditional chiropractic therapy where the physician manipulates spinal joints to remove subluxation (minor joint dislocation / malposition / dysfunction) which causes pain by impingement of nerves associated with the joint or exiting the joint going to another part of the body.
- Low Force Manipulation: This procedure is often done with a mechanical tool (such as an “Activator”) to minorly move a subluxated joint into proper position. This method is ideal for patients with bone softening disease, fibromyalgia, anxiety associated with traditional treatment, or arthritic joints.
- Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization: This procedure is closely related to traditional Chinese Medicine Gua Sha. This procedure uses specialized stainless steel tools over the skin with an appropriate lubricant such as massage cream to break-up adhesions in the underlying skin and muscle fascia, and reduce to size of collagen deposits in scar tissue.
- Mechanical Massage: Moderate mechanical frequency vibration of skin and muscle provides pain relief, relaxation, and a sense of minor numbness over painful areas. This is used as a pretreatment of areas to soon be adjusted, and provides the effect of more easily manipulating a joint.
- Heat Therapy: Hot packs of canvas encased clay heated to approximately 160 degrees Fahrenheit are laid over areas of pain and tension with sufficient insulation so that after approximately 3 minutes the patient will feel significant warming of skin and muscles with moist heat. This has the effect of creating laxity in the ligament. Not only does it feel good and reduce pain, but makes the manipulation adjustment easier.
- Therapeutic Ultrasound: Therapeutic ultrasound is a staple of any physical rehabilitation process. Ultrasonic sound waves of 1 to 3 million hertz (1 to 3 million cycles per second) are generated through a treatment head applied directly over skin and muscle with an intermediate water gel. This treatment has the effect of deep heating tissues and stimulating blood flow to areas where circulation may be poor, thus enhancing tissue repair by increased blood, oxygen, and nutrients.
- Electrical Stimulation Therapy: There are many forms of electrical stimulation therapies with two main goals for the treatment. Pain control and tissue healing. Depending upon the type of tissue injury, will dictate the type of electrical stimulation to occur.
- Low Level Light Therapy / Infrared: Low level light therapy is gaining much traction as a physical medicine practice. Dr. Dahl’s equipment uses a cluster of over 30 super luminous light emitting diodes (LEDs) in treatment head. Applied directly over an area of inflammation and injury, the light stimulates the damaged cell tissue mitochondria to produce more energy products for the cell to use in its healing process.