Physical Therapy Modalities
Silicone-filled sleeves of various sizes, immersed in a hot bath. Warms the involved area to allow more comfortable stretching activities by relaxing the muscle.
A heated bath of water with agitation used for foot, ankle, and sometimes hand injuries. May also be used with cool water to reduce swelling.
Cold therapy is used for swelling or pain control. It may be used in many forms: ice massage, cold pack, or cryo-cuff which circulates cold water through a pneumatic cuff.
Similar to a whirlpool, but uses a ground cellulose medium instead of water.
A hot bath of paraffin mixed with mineral oil. Used primarily to improve hand and wrist flexibility to allow for increased flexibility.
A deep form of heat, capable of penetrating several inches into the body. Electricity passes through a crystal, creating a high frequency sound wave. The wave is conducted into the body by means of a conduction gel or cream. There is very little sensation with ultrasound because the heat is generated inside the body instead of being conducted through the surface. Ultrasound is used primarily for deep-seated and well-localized pain.
Iontophoresis / Hybresis
An electrical anti-inflammatory delivery system that reduces inflammation. It is used for tendonitis, such as Tennis Elbow, Golfer's Elbow, DeQuervain's Tenosynovitis, Shoulder Impingement Syndrome, and Plantar Fasciitis. It can also be used to deliver acetic acid to break down calcium formation in cases of myositis ossificans.
It is a modality that is available in many forms for several different purposes. It can be used for muscle relaxation, pain control, muscle re-education, strengthening, atrophy prevention. Some forms, such as TENS can be used at home.
Used for muscle stretching, muscle relaxation, scar tissue control, or pain control. Massage is used in preparation for other treatment rather than a treatment in itself. We do therapeutic rather than "feel-good" massages.