Services Provided

Services Provided

Therapeutic Modalities

  • Ice - the most commonly used modality. It is most often used for minimizing swelling and for pain relief of muscle strains, sprains, muscle spasm, and for contusions (bruises). Treatment with ice usually consists of icing for 20 minutes and rewarming of the tissues for an hour or more before applying ice again.

  • Moist Heat Packs (Hydrocollator) - another commonly used modality. Most often used after swelling has stopped. They are used to increase blood flow, decrease muscle spasms, pain relief, and relaxation effects. Treatment usually lasts 15-20 minutes.

  • Therapeutic Ultrasound - used for deep heating that facilitates healing of muscle strains, contusions (bruises), ligament injuries, and treat scar tissue. Ultrasound works when a crystal in the sound head of the machine vibrates when the machine is turned on. The vibrations travel through the skin over the treatment area, causing friction and heating the deep tissues.

  • Electrical Stimulation - used for muscle spasms, muscle strains, and after surgery. It is most often used for pain relief, but is also used to retrain muscle nerves to fire after surgery. Electrical impulses stimulate the muscles to contract.

  • Cold Whirlpool - commonly used for muscle strains, ligament sprains, and shin splints. Allows for movement that an ice bag does not while still receiving the benefits of ice.

  • Massage - for muscle spasm and tightness.

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