What Is a Physiotherapy Modality?

A therapeutic or physiotherapy modality is described as “a therapeutic method or agent, that is used to promote, maintain, or restore the physical and psychological well-being of an individual. Technically, this means that any outside intervention that is used within a chiropractic office can be deemed a physiotherapy or therapeutic modality. Modalities are used as lower back pain treatments and much more. Physiotherapy modalities are used in conjunction with other chiropractic services that are offered at Schilsky Chiropractic Center.

Different Types of Physiotherapy Modalities

There are hundreds of different types of physiotherapy modalities that chiropractic offices can utilize during their treatment session. Some of the most common modalities that Schilsky Chiropractic Center offers clients:

  • Cryotherapy: The use of ice and other cold applications. Cryotherapy helps control acute and chronic pain, swelling, and muscle spasming. Cryotherapy is used to help keep pain and swelling to a minimum in patients. Cryotherapy is typically used with individuals who have recently been injured, have had surgery, overtrained, or patients that have received certain chiropractic treatments.
  • TENS: Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) units are used for pain control. These units used low-frequency electrical impulses to block pain (both acute and chronic) by creating false analgesia. This unit is fantastic for pain management for patients that have been acutely injured, post-surgical patients, chronic pain issues, and much more.
  • Ultrasound: This device uses high-frequency sound waves to create thermal and nonthermal effects. These sound waves penetrate up to 3mm below the surface of the skin. This modality is used to increase blood flow, increase the elasticity of tissue, helps rebuild tissue and increase enzymatic activity. It is a fantastic modality to decrease muscle spasms, decrease inflammation and pain, and help decrease joint stiffness to allow for a greater range of motion.
  • Interferential: This is a type of electrical stimulation is used most commonly for pain control. This type of electrical stimulation uses two paired pads to create cross-electrical impulses.Typically interferential is used to surround a site of pain. It is mostly used for pain management, treatment of swelling, improve blood flow to an injured area, and help strengthen the musculature.
  • Exercise Rehabilitation: The use of a custom-programmed exercise regime. These programs are designed to ease individuals back into everyday life or sport-specific activities. These programs incorporate muscle re-education, flexibility training, strength training, and functional body movements.