Physical Therapy Modalities
Ultrasound is often used to provide deep heating to soft tissue structures in the body. Deep heating tendons, muscles or ligaments increases circulation to those tissues, which can help the healing process and help to decrease pain.
Deep heating with ultrasound may also be used to increase the "stretchiness" of tight muscles, tendons or joint capsules.
Low Level Laser
Low Level Lasers (LLT) emit non-thermal photons of light that are able to pass through the skin and sub-cutaneous layers. This light has the ability to penetrate 2 to 5 centimeters below the skin.
The light energy from the LLT initiates a series of events in the cell that eventually result in normalizing damaged or injured tissue, a reduction in pain, inflammation, edema and an overall reduction in healing time by increasing intracellular metabolism.
Electrical stimulation is a type of therapeutic treatment that can serve many different purposes in physical therapy. It can be used to decrease pain and inflammation, improve circulation, and it can help your muscles contract properly. Electrical stimulation often is used to augment your physical therapy program after an injury or illness.