At AktivHealth, we use ‘complementary medicine’ (where we use a variety of “alternative therapies” in conjunction with conventional modern medicine practices), to treat various chronic pain conditions.

  • Myofascial Release (MFR) TherapyMyofascial Release (MFR) Therapy : MFR is a hands-on technique which helps to release restrictions in muscles (myo) and fascia (fascial) of the body. These restrictions can be present in the form of trigger points, tightness or other dysfunction of the soft tissues. Research has shown MFR to be effective in managing muscular complication of trauma, repetitive stress syndrome, fibromyalgia and poor posture.
  • Joint MobilizationJoint Mobilization : Hypo-mobile/stiff or painful joints often create tension and restriction in the surrounding soft tissues. Joint mobilization reduces pain in the joints by stimulating receptors which inhibit pain signals. They also improve joint mobility and relax the surrounding structures. It can be used in acute joint locks and also long standing joint related issues.
  • Dry needlingDry Needling : This involves the use of needles to target trigger points that cause pain in the muscles involved or can also refer pain to a different area. It helps in relieving pain, relaxing tight muscles, improving blood circulation, and improving movement. Dry needling is very successful in managing acute muscle spasms and chronic muscular issues.
  • Bio FeedbackBio-Feedback : Biofeedback is a Mind-Body Therapy approach, that helps the mind’s ability to influence the body’s symptoms and function. It helps in promoting relaxation which can alleviate many associated symptoms in chronic pain.
  • StretchingStretching : Certain stretching methods, such as Hold-Relax and Contract-Relax help in reducing pain. In addition to increasing the movement available, these stretching techniques also help to reduce the over activity of the involved muscles, and in turn reduce muscle spasm and pain. It is commonly used in managing post-traumatic stiffness.
  • Exercise TherapyExercise Therapy : Research has shown that the right kind of exercise can help to reduce pain, especially chronic pain, by improving muscle tone, flexibility and strength. Exercises also release endorphins, commonly known as happy hormones, which are our body’s natural pain killers.
  • Message TherapyMassage Therapy : Massage has been shown to be very effective in managing chronic neck and back pain. Massage helps to reduce stress, muscle tension and pain by breaking adhesions in muscles and promoting blood flow which helps in muscular healing.
  • Transcutaneous Electric Nerve StimulationTranscutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS) : TENS uses electric current through electrodes to stimulate nerves which counter ‘pain messages’. It has been shown to be effective in both acute and chronic pain management depending on the type of current used.
  • Chiropractic TreatmentChiropractic Treatment : Chiropractic manipulations treatment is a common non-surgical treatment for back pain. Research suggests that this technique may be helpful for headaches, neck pain, certain arms and leg conditions.
  • UltrasoundUltrasound : Therapeutic ultrasound uses high frequency waves that help in relieving pain by deep tissue heating and promoting circulation. It is effective in managing localized chronic pain, muscle spasm and deep trigger points. It also helps in acute injuries and swelling by promoting inflammation and early stages of healing.
  • AcupunctureAcupuncture : One of the oldest known methods of pain relief, Acupuncture works by the application of therapeutic needles to specific points on the body. These points redirect or release the body’s natural energy known as ‘Chi’. This energy is believed to be blocked because of pain or illness. Acupuncture has been found to be beneficial in a variety of conditions including tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia.
  • Heat TherapyHeat therapy : Heat therapy helps to relieve pain from muscle spasm and associated tightness. It also facilitates stretching of soft tissues around the area increasing flexibility and overall feeling of comfort. Heat therapy is best used for sub-acute or chronic inflammatory conditions, muscle spasms and stiffness. It is an easy to use method for temporary pain relief.
  • Cold TherapyCold therapy : Contrary to heat therapy, cold therapy is best used for acute injuries or inflammation, acute muscle injuries/strains or swelling. Cold therapy, also known as Cryotherapy, helps to reduce the blood flow to a particular area which in turn helps to reduce inflammation and swelling which produces pain.