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Last week, we wrote about the arthrostim, one of the chiropractic tools Dr. McSweeney uses in her Reno practice. While the most important tool is her own hands, different tools and techniques give Dr. McSweeney options for dealing with the unique conditions of her patients. Electrotherapy is one of them.


Electrotherapy is a useful technique for treating different kinds of pain in the body. This form of therapy helps trigger the release of endorphins, a hormone that interacts with receptors in the brain to reduce pain perception. Here at Dr. McSweeney’s office, you may have experienced cold laser or therapeutic ultrasound.


While standard lasers are designed to produce heat, cold lasers produce light without heat. This quality makes the cold laser useful for treating injured areas in which heat will only exacerbate the inflammation. Cold laser therapy can encourage cell functions and promote healing, which makes it an alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.


Ultrasound is a familiar piece of equipment for many mothers, but it’s more than a diagnostic tool. As a therapeutic element, the sound waves of ultrasound can apply deep heat therapy that effectively massages soft tissue to reduce pain, inflammation, stiffness, and swelling. Increased blood flow and improved circulation helps promote healing.

Dr. McSweeney’s holistic approach to chiropractic incorporates a variety of tools and techniques in recognition of the diversity of her patients and their needs. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment that will work for every patient, every time. A mix of proven techniques gives Dr. McSweeney the flexibility to tailor her treatments to the individual needs of her patients. If you’re struggling with chronic pain, you may surprised at the difference holistic chiropractic care with Dr. McSweeney can make. Learn more about what to expect at your first visit, and schedule an appointment today.