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Located in Westerly, RI and Mystic, CT        401-348-8112 (Westerly)
860-245-0851 (Mystic)

Modalities

Modalities

Ultrasound

  • 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

Phonophoresis

  • Use of ultrasound to drive in topical medications through the skin
  • Medications are usually a form of cortisone and xylocaine
  • For treatment of localized inflammations, eg. Heel spurs, tendonitis

Electrical Stimulation

  • Use of different forms of electrical current through surface electrodes that cause muscles to contract and relax
  • For relief of muscle spasm, pain and swelling
  • For muscle re-education and strengthening

Iontophoresis

  • Use of electrical current to drive topical medications through the skin
  • For treatment of localized inflammation, scar softening, reduction in joint calcium deposits

Traction

  • A longitudinal pull or distraction of spinal segments for the relief of nerve irritation (radicultis) 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

Moist Heat (Hydrocollator)

  • Produces a deeper heat than a dry heating pad
  • Increases circulation, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles/soft tissue, prepares tissue for other treatments

Cold/Ice

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

Paraffin

  • A form of heat using paraffin wax and mineral oil
  • Usually applied to hands or feet where other applications of heat are difficult
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