The PAIN RELIEF lab

Club Recharge is most well known for the large array of pain management services.  We have over a dozen different pain management treatments for our clients to choose from when it comes to treating pain.  Each method is science backed and effective to help reduce or eliminate the pain symptoms you are currently struggling with.

Local Cryotherapy For Pain

Localized or Local Cryotherapy is used on injuries, to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling in targeted areas. Vapor as cold as -240 F is used to cool your selected area of the body.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation

NMES is a technology that uses Electronic Muscle Stimulation (EMS) to initiate your muscles to contract and relax involuntarily.

PEMF

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy inducing a mild electrical magnetic current into damaged cells, PEMF therapy slows or stops the release of pain and inflammatory mediators, increases blood flow of the cells, and re-establishes normal cell interaction.

Massage Therapy

SlimStim is a detoxifying treatment for natural lymphatic drainage. This is a computer-controlled compression system, which operates using inflating pumps. This treatment helps to promote the body's natural toxin clearing functions, to slim and redefine the legs, stomach, and arms while enhancing skin tone.

Red Light Therapy

Red light therapy (RLT) is a treatment that may help skin, muscle tissue, and other parts of your body heal. It exposes you to low levels of red or near-infrared light. Infrared light is a type of energy your eyes can’t see, but your body can feel as heat.

"A snake can shed its skin,

but will always be a snake"

Local Cryotherapy

BENEFITS OF CRYOTHERAPY in Pain Relief Lab

Overview

Cryotherapy, which literally means “cold therapy,” is a technique where the body is exposed to extremely cold temperatures for several minutes.

Cryotherapy can be delivered to just one area, or you can opt for whole-body cryotherapy. Localized cryotherapy can be administered in a number of ways, including through ice packs, ice massage, coolant sprays, ice baths, and even through probes administered into tissue.

The theory for whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) is that by immersing the body in extremely cold air for several minutes, you could receive a number of health benefits. The individual will stand in an enclosed chamber or a small enclosure that surrounds their body but has an opening for their head at the top. The enclosure will drop to between negative 200–300°F. They’ll stay in the ultra-low temperature air for between two and four minutes.

You can get benefits from just one session of cryotherapy, but it’s most effective when used regularly. Some athletes use cryotherapy twice a day. Others will go daily for 10 days and then once a month afterwards.

Benefits of cryotherapy

Reduces migraine symptoms

Cryotherapy can help treat migraines by cooling and numbing nerves in the neck area. One study found Trusted Source that applying a neck wrap containing two frozen ice packs to the carotid arteries in the neck significantly reduced migraine pain in those tested. It’s thought that this works by cooling the blood passing through intracranial vessels. The carotid arteries are close to the skin’s surface and accessible.

Numbs nerve irritation

Many athletes have been using cryotherapy to treat injuries for years, and one of the reasons why is that it can numb pain. The cold can actually numb an irritated nerve. Doctors will treat the affected area with a small probe inserted into the nearby tissue. This can help treat pinched nerves or neuromas, chronic pain, or even acute injuries.

Helps treat mood disorders

The ultra-cold temperatures in whole-body cryotherapy can cause physiological hormonal responses. This includes the release of adrenaline, noradrenaline, and endorphins. This can have a positive effect on those experiencing mood disorders like anxiety and depression. One study found Trusted Source that whole-body cryotherapy was actually effective in short-term treatment for both.

Reduces arthritic pain

Localized cryotherapy treatment isn’t the only thing that’s effective at treating serious conditions; one study found Trusted Source that whole-body cryotherapy significantly reduced pain in people with arthritis. They found that the treatment was well-tolerated. It also allowed for more aggressive physiotherapy and occupational therapy as a result. This ultimately made rehabilitation programs more effective.

BENEFITS OF ELECTRICAL MUSCLE STIMULATION

Electronic Muscle Recovery

Marc Pro is a cutting-edge electronic muscle stimulation device that helps muscles recover faster, allowing professional and everyday athletes to perform and feel their best. Our patented technology
takes active recovery to the next level with non-fatiguing muscle activation.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) or electromyostimulation, is a protocol that elicits a muscle contraction using electrical impulses that directly stimulate your motor neurons.

This stimulation creates muscle contractions that can be quick and frequent, fast with long pauses, or contractions that are held for several (uncomfortable) seconds or minutes at a time.

Normally, it is your body that fires your muscles by sending electrical impulses from your brain through your central nervous system (CNS). But an EMS device allows you to engage in deep, intense, and complete muscular contractions without actually activating (or stressing) your CNS—not to mention your joints and tendons.  The coolest thing is that your body doesn’t know the difference between a voluntary contraction and an electrically stimulated one. Your (silly) body only recognizes that there is a stimulus and reacts to it accordingly. 

BENEFITS OF PULSED ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD THERAPY

Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field

Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field therapy offers numerous benefits which include Reduce pain, inflammation, the effects of stress on the body, and platelet adhesion. Improve energy, circulation, blood and tissue oxygenation, sleep quality, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, the uptake of nutrients, cellular detoxification and the ability to regenerate cells.

SLIMSTIM LYMPHATIC MASSAGE

Compression Massage Technique

Compression massage is one of several therapeutic massage techniques used for sports massage therapy, medical massage therapy and other prescriptions of massage for optimal performance, improved mobility and treatment of pain or discomfort.  Compression massage can be characterized as rhythmic compression into muscles used to create a deep hypremia (an increased amount of blood in the vessels of an organ or tissue in the body) and softening effect in the tissues. It is generally used as a warm-up for deeper, more specific massage work.

 

What is Compression Massage?

Compression is an effective massage technique performed by laying hands over a muscle area and pushing down onto the tissues. Hands are then lifted and moved to a different area and then repeated. The pressure of compressions can range from light to very deep. Compressions can also be performed with a slight rocking movement that can encourage the parasympathetic nervous system and promote relaxation.  

 

The compression technique applies pressure onto muscles, it is then held and released. This technique is then repeated. Compressions are used within many different types of massages including Swedish, therapeutic and deep tissue massages.

Benefits of Compression Massage

Compression, as a massage technique, has many benefits including relaxation, improved circulation and recovery. When compressions are performed on the muscles, it stimulates affects the parasympathetic nervous system and is able to alter mood and produce feelings of relaxation. 

 

Compressions also help to improve circulation into the muscles by initially restricting the blood flow which then encourage a larger amount of blood to the area. Improved blood circulation in the muscles is beneficial to improving tissue conditions and preparing muscles for activity- beneficial for treatments before an athletic event. An additional benefit of compression massage is for increasing healing to damaged tissues and speeding up recovery. Compressions accelerate the healing process by increasing oxygen and nutrients into the tissues. Oxygen and nutrients can work to repair and heal any damaged cells.

 

Compressions provide LONG LASTING RESULTS:
 

Hypertonic muscles soften and lengthen.

Muscles are flushed with interstitial stasis reduced.

Released histamines dilate capillaries with increased cellular nutrition.

Muscles fire faster with increased amounts of acetylcholine.

Muscle lesions heal faster with increased collagen production.

Stretching muscle fibers increases capillerization.

Fascia is rejuvenated and enlivened.

Range of motion and freedom of movement increase.

Myofascial pain and secondary autonomic phenomena caused by trigger points is usually eliminated.


“Massage therapy has a limited arsenal of therapeutic remedies. The massage practitioner can count only on different forms of pressure (including vibration), stretching, and the activation of temperature receptors. Between these three modalities, pressure is the main therapeutic tool, with stretching and temperature receptors’ activation playing a supportive role in the treatment.”
- Ross Turchaninov, M.D. MASSAGE & BODYWORK, October/November 2000


 

POWERS OF COMPRESSION –expanded explanation:

Relaxes

Compressions fire the stretch reflex – hypertonic muscles relax. Pressure applied by foot or hand stretches spindle cells and triggers a reflexive contraction. This contraction protects the muscle from being over-stretched and it’s followed by general relaxation of the muscle.

Cleanses

Compressions initially constrict muscle fibers and capillaries – metabolites (byproducts of muscles doing work) are eliminated.

Momentary reflexive tightening of the muscle (the stretch reflex) compresses venous and lymph channels. This tightening forces metabolites out of muscle tissue and prevents tissue irritation caused by the stasis of lactic, hyaluronic and carbonic acids.

Feeds

Compressions release histamines that dilate capillaries – increased cellular nutrition results.

Compressions cause local ischemia (pressure to blanching) and, when released, this “emptying” causes a return flooding of blood into the treated area. The dilation of the arterioles and capillaries is caused, in part, by a histamine release. This increased arterial blood flow, evinced by a superficial redness (hyperemia), feeds and oxygenates at the cellular level. The histamine release is caused by the *irritant effect of the compressions. “Reserve” capillaries enhancing cellular nutrition are also called into play by the ischemic compression.

*Note – As regards histamine release, all massage strokes, even though they feel good, are “irritants”.

Speeds

Compressions release acetylcholine – faster nerve firing results.

Acetylcholine formation following compression massage intensifies the contractility of skeletal muscles. Acetylcholine concentrates on the neuromuscle junction and facilitates fast action potentials …a real boon for pre-event sports massage. This action can also play a role in relieving spasticity.

Heals

Compressions accelerate healing – procollagen fiber formation is stimulated.

“Mechanical stimuli in the form of massage or any other type of soft-tissue mobilization repetitively applied to the place of injury are able to increase collagen production by the stimulation of fibroblasts’ functions and by attracting new cells from neighboring areas. The correct orientation of collagen fibers is an equally important element. Are mechanical stimuli somehow able to affect this process as well? We should answer this question positively. Numerous scientific reports support this conclusion.” – Dr. Ross Turchaninov, Therapeutic Massage: A Scientific Approach 1.

Note – Dr. Turchaninov compiled and analyzed recent scientific research studies as to pressure’s effect on cellular and sub-cellular levels. We highly recommend Dr. Turchaninov’s publications. Medical Massage, Vol. I, 1998 and Therapeutic Massage: A Scientific Approach, 2000.

 

Pumps

Active or passive post-compression stretches – improves circulation and capillarization.

Stretching creates a mechanical effect on the myogenic tone of vascular walls. This results in a vasoconstriction during the stretch that changes to a vasodilatation when the stretch is released. Turchainov reports research that noted up to a 30% increase in blood circulation in passively stretched muscles. This stretching also results in increased capillarization.

Rejuvenates

Compressions stretch and distort the ground substance of deep and superficial fascia – increases range of motion and tissue rejuvenation … delays senescence.

Prolonged compressions heat, stretch and energize ground substance. The extra energy (primarily in the form of heat) is absorbed by the ground substance. It transforms this fascial component from 'gel' (a semi-solid state) towards 'sol' (a more fluid, youthful form).

Treats

Pain-free movement – ischemic pressure inhibits/ eliminates trigger points.

Pressure to blanching at the trigger point creates a local hypoxia followed by a reactive hyperemia. Micro-circulation is restored and the trigger point is eradicated. Micro-hemorrhaging also eventuates in increased metabolic function.

Feels Good

Prolonged deep compressions result in vagal tonus and parasympathetic dominance – altered mood (hypnogogic trance) and an improved healing state results.

Mechanical compressions of Ruffini nerve endings transduce endogenous morphines and other neurotransmitters of altered states.

What Is Red Light Therapy?

Red light therapy (RLT) is a treatment that may help skin, muscle tissue, and other parts of your body heal. It exposes you to low levels of red or near-infrared light. Infrared light is a type of energy your eyes can’t see, but your body can feel as heat. Red light is similar to infrared, but you can see it.

Red light therapy is also called low-level laser therapy (LLLT), low-power laser therapy (LPLT), and photobiomodulation (PBM).

Red light therapy (RLT) is a therapeutic technique that uses red low-level wavelengths of light to treat skin issues, such as wrinkles, scars, and persistent wounds, among other conditions.

In the early 1990s, RLT was used by scientists to help grow plants in space. The scientists found that the intense light from red light-emitting diodes (LEDs) helped promote growth and photosynthesis of plant cells.

Red light was then studied for its potential application in medicine, more specifically to find out if RLT could increase energy inside human cells. The researchers hoped that RLT could be an effective way to treat the muscle atrophy, slow wound healing, and bone density issues caused by weightlessness during space travel.

You may have heard of red light therapy (RLT) by its other names, which include:

Photobiomodulation (PBM)

Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT)

Soft Laser Therapy

Cold Laser Therapy

Biostimulation

Photonic Stimulation

Low-Power Laser Therapy (LPLT)

How Does Red Light Therapy Work?

With red light therapy, you expose your skin to a lamp, device, or laser with a red light. A part of your cells called mitochondria, sometimes called the “power generators” of your cells, soak it up and make more energy. Some experts think this helps cells repair themselves and become healthier. This spurs healing in skin and muscle tissue.

Red light therapy uses very low levels of heat and doesn’t hurt or burn the skin. It’s not the same type of light used in tanning booths, and it doesn’t expose your skin to damaging UV rays.

There are many different types of red light therapy. Red light beds found at salons are said to help reduce cosmetic skin issues, like stretch marks and wrinkles. Red light therapy used in an medical office setting may be used to treat more serious conditions, like psoriasis, slow-healing wounds, and even the side effects of chemotherapy.

Red light is thought to work by producing a biochemical effect in cells that strengthens the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell — it’s where the cell’s energy is created. The energy-carrying molecule found in the cells of all living things is called ATP (adenosine triphosphate).

By increasing the function of the mitochondria using RLT, a cell can make more ATP. With more energy, cells can function more efficiently, rejuvenate themselves, and repair damage.

RLT is different from laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) therapies because it doesn’t cause damage to the skin surface. Laser and pulsed light therapies work by causing controlled damage to the outer layer of the skin, which then induces tissue repair. RLT bypasses this harsh step by directly stimulating regeneration of the skin. The light emitted by RLT penetrates roughly 5 millimeters below the skin’s surface.

What Does It Treat?

Researchers have known about red light therapy for a while. But there aren’t a lot of studies on it, and they don’t know if it’s better than other types of treatment used to help you heal. Red light therapy may help with:

Dementia. In one small study, people with dementia who got regular near-infrared light therapy on their heads and through their noses for 12 weeks had better memories, slept better, and were angry less often.

Dental pain. In another small study, people with temporomandibular dysfunction syndrome (TMD) had less pain, clicking, and jaw tenderness after red light therapy.

Hair loss. One study found that men and women with androgenetic alopecia (a genetic disorder that causes hair loss) who used an at-home RLT device for 24 weeks grew thicker hair. People in the study who used a fake RLT device didn’t get the same results.

Osteoarthritis. One study found red and infrared light therapy cut osteoarthritis-related pain by more than 50%.

Tendinitis. A very small study of 7 people suggests RLT lessens inflammation and pain in people with Achilles tendinitis.

Wrinkles and other signs of skin aging and skin damage. Research shows RLT may smooth your skin and help with wrinkles. RLT also helps with acne scars, burns, and signs of UV sun damage.