Physiotherapy Modalities

A modality is a type of electrical, thermal or mechanical energy that causes physiological changes.It is used to relieve pain, improve circulation, decrease swelling, reduce muscle spasm, and deliver medication in conjunction with other procedures. Typical types of modalities include electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, heat, ice, and traction.



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Ultrasound (US)

  • High frequency sound waves that produce a form of deep tissue heating
  • For relief of pain and muscle spasm
  • Promotes circulation
  • Relaxes tight muscles/soft tissue – prepares tissues for stretching

Percussor Massage Therapy

  • Massage therapy using a powerful mechanical vibration instrument
  • Provides relief of muscular pain while gently reducing scar tissue and relaxing fascia

Apollo Class IV Laser Treatment

  • Use of specific wavelengths of light that interacts with tissue to accelerate the healing process
  • Painless, quick, and effective for pain and/or healing of injured tissues


  • A longitudinal pull or distraction of spinal segments for the relief of nerve irritation (radiculitis) or muscle spasm by use of a machine on the cervical (neck) spine with the use of a neck halter or lumbar (low back) spine with the use of a pelvic belt attached to a patient lying down
  • Can also be done manually

Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation (TENS):

  • Use of low voltage electrical current through surface electrodes that overrides the sensation of pain
  • Small unit (slightly larger than a beeper) worn throughout the day for pain control that the patient can apply a needed


  • Use of “ice packs” or “ice massage” in acute injuries and for pain relief (acute or chronic)
  • Reduces swelling, inflammation, muscles spasm

Call (503) 669-1966 today to learn about our physiotherapy services.