Restorative pain management at Pacific Medical Care in San Diego involves treating an individual in pain with various treatment modalities. With this therapy, the patient is treated holistically, so he or she can enjoy an improved quality of life. Restoring your wellness and health is our goal at Pacific Medical. Our multidisciplinary approach to pain management involves many forms of therapy to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and increase function.
Physical therapy is the science of mixing exercises with physiology, and involves the application of these principles to the human body. For back and neck conditions, physical therapy focuses on the support structures of the spine, such as tendons, muscles, and ligaments. The main goals of physical therapy are:
- To educate patients on the principles of strengthening and stretching, which helps manage pain and facilitate tissue healing.
- To reduce pain and the inflammatory cycle.
- To restore muscular strength and flexibility, as well as spine motion and joint mobility.
- To educate regarding posture and neutral position resting.
- To manage disease exacerbations.
Aquatic therapy is water-based treatments and exercises with therapeutic intent. This is often used in physical rehabilitation and for improvement of fitness. The aquatic exercises are performed are done with the patient floating, fully submerged in water, or only partially in the water. Aquatic therapy includes a broad set of techniques and approaches, such as movement-based therapy, aquatic bodywork, and physical therapy.
Also called a back adjustment, spinal adjustment is something a chiropractor does to ease back pain. During this adjustment, the back undergoes a gentle, quick stretching of the spinal joints, so you often hear a popping or cracking noise. When a joint is stretched during an adjustment, the pockets of air crack, which creates the popping sound.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy technique that involves the use of thin needles inserted into the skin along certain body points (called meridians). Acupuncture is often used to treat back and neck pain. The focus of this treatment is to restore flow of energy (known as chi) to the meridians in the body. Acupuncture is used to stimulate nerves, connective tissue, and muscles, which boost the body’s endorphins and increases flow of blood.
Stress relief can lower cortisol levels, decrease heart rate, and lessen insulin levels in fat tissues. All of this improves wellness and quality of life. Massage therapy is an excellent form of stress relief. In addition, massage therapy encourages relaxation, improves circulation, helps posture, strengthens the immune system, and lowers blood pressure.
Pain treatment at Pacific Medical Care involves alternative treatments such as those mentioned, but also interventional therapies. The outcomes are tremendous, while the focus is NOT on narcotics. Call us today!