Physiological Therapeutics

Chronic pain of the neck or back can make life miserable. Many times, this pain can be reduced or eliminated by a trained practitioner or therapist, such as a chiropractor. For physiological therapeutics in Idaho Falls, Legacy Health features techniques and technology that are state-of-the-art healing.

Chronic pain of the neck or back can make life miserable. Many times, this pain can be reduced or eliminated by a trained practitioner or therapist, such as a chiropractor. For physiological therapeutics in Idaho Falls, Legacy Health features techniques and technology that are state-of-the-art healing.

Chiropractic physiotherapy is the therapeutic application of forces and substances that induce a physiologic response and that uses and/or allows the body’s natural processes to return to a more normal state of health.

Physiotherapy techniques can be used in preparation for a chiropractic adjustment. This can help improve your function and minimize your pain, among other benefits. These techniques may be used before your adjustment to help you relax and condition tissues. They are also helpful following a visit to relieve any pain or just help maintain the progress made during the treatment. The functions that may be improved with the use of physiological therapeutics include strength, physiologic elasticity, physical elasticity and coordination.

Some physiological therapeutic measures that are often utilized in chiropractic care include:

  • Heat and cold. Chiropractors may use both heat and ice therapy for a patients back pain. Using ice for 10-15 minutes can numb the back. Then, using heat on the area can restore the blood flow and help speed up the healing process.
  • Exercise. Part of the treatment program may include instructions for an exercise regimen that is designed to stretch and strengthen the back.
  • Massage. Our wonderful team of therapists can use massage on the soft tissues to improve circulation, reduce swelling and inflammation associated with the back pain, and encourage quicker healing.
  • Dietary management. Some patients may see the benefits of a change in their diet. Some may be recommended to use dietary supplements after spinal manipulation.
  • Ultrasound. Sound waves create deep heat therapy that is applied to the soft tissues and joints. This is like a mini massage for the soft tissues and joints. This may be used to help reduce back pain, stiffness, and spasms – in addition to increasing blood flow and accelerating the healing process.
  • Diathermy. This is a form of shortwave, electro-magnetic therapy that passes the softer tissues and provides heat to denser tissues. It relaxes the muscles and connective tissues, decreases muscle spasms, and accelerates the healing process by increasing circulation.
  • Hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is a method that focuses on the how the body reacts to hot and cold. Generally, this is done with water and a variety of temperatures and pressures using hot baths, whirlpools, saunas or wraps. This may be done to reduce the sensitivity of back pain through cold to the pain followed by the use of heat to promote blood flow and faster healing.
  • Electrical muscle stimulation. During this form of chiropractic therapy, electrodes (placed on the skin) send light electrical pulses throughout the body to reduce inflammation, muscle spasms and back pain.
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators (TENS). TENS features electrodes that are placed over the painful area with the user having the power to control the intensity of electrical stimulation. With TENS, the goal is to help block the transmission of pain signals along the nerves and to release endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller.
  • Traction. During a traction massage, the patient is lying face up while a system of rollers move along the back as it stretches and massages the back muscles.
  • Infrared radiation. A thermal camera may be used to image colored hues indicating the blood flow in the back. Infrared radiation may be used by chiropractors to differentiate normal temperature changes from abnormal differences and to assess underlying conditions that are causing back pain.
  • Cold laser therapy. Particles of energy are carried in a laser and absorbed by the cell membrane’s photo receptors after penetrating the skin surface. The light energy is then converted into biochemical energy which powers a biological process that helps to decrease swelling, reduce pain and inflammation and improve circulation.
  • Ergonomics. Patients may be advised to make some changes in their home or work life. Making a change to their work station, for example, can be helpful. Or, for some, it may be as simple as giving up a hobby that is irritating the condition.
  • Pelvic stabilization. When leg-length deficiency, flat feet and/or subtalar instability are present, the chiropractor may decide to place a small heel lift in the shoe on the short leg side and/or prescribe corrective arch supports to help stabilize the pelvis.
  • Patient education. Depending on the individual patient, a variety of lifestyle modifications, including diet and nutritional programs, self-care and coping strategies, may be recommended.

These methods may or may not be utilized by the chiropractor in the course of a patient’s case management depending upon their specific needs.


One of the most effective innovations in treating chronic back pain and disc disorders is non-surgical therapy using a decompression technique or vertebral axial distraction. This is also known as VAX-D therapy. The only place to find this type of therapy in Idaho Falls is at Legacy Health Partners. There are several reasons why this VAX-D therapy has forever changed the treatment of back pain.

For more than 15 years, VAX-D therapy has been used by innovative physicians to eliminate chronic back and neck pain from disc and facet joint disease. It is non-evasive which means there is no surgery, injections or anesthesia, no threat of infection and no long recovery period. Most importantly, patient research has shown that the relief of pain is long-lasting with 7 out of 10 patients reporting success.

The VAX-D therapy works by alternately stretching and relaxing the lower spine. This revolutionary process decompresses the discs and the stretching aligns the neck and spine – easing the pain.

It has proven effective in correcting herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, posterior facet syndrome and nerve root pain. VAX-D therapy is not available from every practitioner. Access to this therapy is a great reason to visit Legacy Health Partners for Physiological Therapeutics in Idaho Falls.

During a VAX-D session, the patient will be face down on a computer-controlled split table with a harness around their hips. The patient extends their arms and holds onto the two hand grips. The treatment begins as the table separates into two pieces – creating a stretch in the lower back.

If the patient experiences any pain or discomfort, all they have to do is let go of the hand grips and that will stop the treatment. A single session typically last 45 minutes and the treatment generally includes 20 sessions.

VAX-D Spinal Decompression Tables have been used to treat these conditions:

  • Low back pain
  • Mid back pain
  • Chronic/debilitating back pain
  • Bilateral leg pain
  • Certain neurological symptoms
  • Bulging discs
  • Herniated discs
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Muscle pain
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Spinal Senosis
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Keep in mind that VAX-D is not linear traction. This treatment lengthens and decompresses the spine to relieve pressure on the parts than might be causing your chronic lower back pain. It is the only treatment that has been proven to decrease disc pressures enough to allow for healing. VAX-D was invented in 1991 by Allan Dyer, M.D.

If you are in pain, you are not alone! Give us a call and let us help you feel better today!

According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA)

Americans experiencing back pain right now

> 31,000,000

Back Pain Therapy costs in America

> $50,000,000,000

Most back pain is caused by mechanical reasons (strains or trauma) – not inflammation