At Better Health, our licensed physical rehabilitative therapists work closely with our chiropractic physicians to develop individualized plans for each patient. A physical rehab program will likely include a combination of exercises, manual therapies and modalities.
Exercises are one of the main tools in a physical rehabilitative therapist’s bag. Exercises help to increase strength, flexibility and range of motion, lubricate joints and increase blood flow to increase the body’s ability to heal itself. At Better Health, we will teach you the proper techniques to complete a home exercise program.
Manual therapies include massage therapy, joint mobilization and traction, and other hands-on techniques. Therapeutic massage has positive effects on the circulatory system, the lymphatic flow, the nervous system, muscles, the fascia, the skin, scar tissue, feelings of relaxation and pain. Joint mobilizations are when our therapists use their hands to stretch the joint capsule and improve joint mobility.
- There are many modalities that might be used in rehabilitative therapy treatments, including thermal modalities, electrical modalities, mechanical modalities, and light therapies.
- Thermal modalities, such as heat or ice, are the most commonly used. At Better Health, we may also use diathermy, infrared and ultrasound to change your tissue temperature.
- Electrical modalities are often the second-most commonly used modality. There are different frequencies and types of electrical stimulation, including of TENS, IFC and Russian stimulation, and iontophoresis, which is a way to put medications into the body using electrical charges to push medication through the skin. Biofeedback is a way to measure a muscle’s electrical output to help change how the body connects with the muscle. These modalities are all harmless when used correctly, and our physical rehabilitative therapists are specially trained in using these modalities.
- Mechanical modalities like traction can be used on the neck or back to help open up compressed areas and allow stretching. These are commonly used for low back pain or neck pain.
- Light therapies are the least commonly used technologies, but they are helpful to increase blood flow and decrease the inflammatory process of tissues.