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Unique techniques


Total Physio's uses Synaptic Electronic Therapy  to help in the treatment of acute and chronic pain. Studies have shown that virtually any type of chronic pain can be relieved with Synaptic.

Synaptic is a non-invasive electronic treatment, which stimulates nerve impulses along the spine to accomplish several beneficial effects.

Synaptic is useful for such conditions as:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Various Types of Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Low Back Pain
  • Sciatic Neuralgia
  • Neck Pain
  • Whiplash

One of the interesting side effects of the therapy is that patients consistently report improved sleep. Many types of sleep disorders can be helped using synaptic therapy.

The way Synaptic works is interesting and unique. Foam self-stick pads are placed bilaterally on the spine, two at the base of the neck between the shoulder blades and two on the upper areas of the low back. The patients themselves control the machine with a hand-held remote variable rate switch. Treatments take about twenty minutes as the patient works the machine through a range of 100 levels of stimulation. Every level introduces varying frequencies of from 2500 to 30,000 hertz. This stimulation is in the form of square-wave pulses. These rapid pulses cover such a wide band of frequencies and provide profound and deep stimulation especially at the level of the spinal and central nervous system synapses. This stimulation, which occurs along the fast-acting pain pathways known as A delta and C pain fibres, causes a modulation of the levels of various neurotransmitter chemicals. The main neurochemicals involved include: beta-endorphins, serotonin, GABA, epinephrine, norepinephrine, somatostatin, adrenocorticotrophic hormone and dopamin. After therapy with Synaptic there is a proven reduction of substance P, which a hormone that indicates the amount of pain being experienced.

In cases of chronic pain, it is felt that the levels of these hormones are unbalanced, thereby creating aberrant pain sensations and sensitivity. By modulating these neurosubstances, pain relief is fast and much longer lasting than with other devices such as T.E.N.S. In addition, these effects are cumulative, meaning that treatments although frequent at first can be reduced in frequency as the desired effects take place.