Physical Therapeutic Modalities
Therapeutic Ultrasound uses tiny sound waves to stimulate body tissues at a cellular level. It is widely used to promote healing of soft tissue injuries and decrease inflammation. Depending on how it is used, it can also be implemented as a gentle heating modality that helps to increase circulation.
- Interfential Current (IFC) Therapy
IFC therapy uses controlled electrical pulses to help decrease pain and muscle spasm. The current is applied through pads that are placed on the surface of the skin. Different settings can be used to address either acute or chronic pain, and the user controls the intensity to make sure that it is a comfortable sensation.
- Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
TENS is a small, portable unit that administers small electric pulses to help you control pain without medication. These machines can be used for chronic or acute pain and are ideal for use when at home or on the go. TENS machines are available for purchase at our clinic and are often covered by extended health benefits (with proper medical documentation).
- Paraffin Wax
Wax baths are an excellent treatment modality to assist individuals suffering from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, or general pain and stiffness. In our clinic, we use paraffin wax to apply deep, penetrating heat to the hands and wrists.
- Low Level Laser Therapy (also known as Cold Laser) – THOR Laser
Therapeutic laser can be used to safely treat orthopaedic injuries and control pain. Low level laser therapy is very safe and there is evidence to support that it provides a pain-numbing effect on nerves, as well as positive metabolic effects in healing cells. It is able to penetrate deeply into body tissues to reach areas that cannot be stimulated by other modalities.
At Physiotherapy Active Rehab, we are continually upgrading and improving our equipment. We are pleased with our recently modernized decompression machine (also known as mechanical traction) for the treatment of certain neck and low back injuries. We also make frequent use of other modalities such as electric muscle stimulation (for strengthening) and ice or heat for optimal thermal stimulation of injured tissues.
We have a wide variety of exercise equipment that our therapists use in order to implement a personalized exercise program for your individual needs.