Specialized Modalities to Help the Body Heal
We are one of few physical therapy groups in the area to use the following modalities to treat patients with slight swelling, pain and stiffness:
HIVAMAT: A unique modality that “kneads” soft tissue with a gentle, vibrating mechanical force. It requires minimal external pressure by the hands of the therapist and has many benefits including pain relief, decreased edema, improved sensitivity, decreased spasms, increased relaxation and an immediate feeling of well-being. Hivamat application is ideal for patients that are very acute and not quite ready for therapeutic, “hands-on” massage.
DEEP TISSUE LASER THERAPY: Laser therapy generates a photochemical response in damaged tissue by a process called photobiomodulation. This process stimulates healing on a cellular level by enabling cells to more rapidly produce energy (ATP). Treatments are fast, safe, painless and most patients experience results after only a few short sessions. DTLT allows for deeper tissue penetration, resulting in fast, efficient and consistent results. Some of the benefits of laser therapy are:
• Alleviation of pain
• Diminishes inflammation
• Promotes tissue regeneration
• Speeds healing
• Focused and deep
• Administers a therapeutic dose of light or dysfunctional tissue
• Increased microcirculation or blood flow
• Indicated for acute and chronic pain conditions
KINESIO TAPE: The Kinesio Taping method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and proprioception to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion or essential movement patterns. It also provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered in the clinical setting. Kinesio tape can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, optimize performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.
PHONOPHORESIS: Phonophoresis is a pain management treatment that involves the use of ultrasound combined with a medication gel. The gel is applied to the skin, and then ultrasound waves are used to help pass the medicine through the skin and into your injured body part. It is very effective for treating small areas of localized pain and tenderness, and even myofascial trigger points.