Types of physical therapy
Your therapist may use these treatments, known as modalities.
Ice – can reduce swelling, inflammation and pain.
Heat – can increase blood flow and decrease inflammation.
Ultrasound heat -- penetrates deeply to aid healing in the tendons, ligaments and muscles.
Exercises – movements that strengthen muscles and increase flexibility in joints. Your therapist will demonstrate exercises you can do at home.
Massage – gentle pressure and movement allows joints and muscles to loosen and regain function.
Stretching – allows muscles, ligaments and tendons to lengthen and move.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) - uses a small unit to deliver a non-invasive nerve stimulation that has been found to reduce acute or chronic pain in many patients.
Whirlpool – water eases muscle and joint pain and may increase flexibility.
ECU Physical Therapy