Physical modalities are treatment tools that can assist a physiotherapist to relieve pain, improve circulation, decrease swelling, reduce muscle spasm as well as improve the body’s overall ability to heal. These modalities have various mechanisms of action, from increasing or decreasing tissue temperature, to stimulating our nervous system or muscle tissue. They provide short-term relief and stimulation, which allows us to continue moving and functioning as comfortably as possible until the root cause is identified and fixed.
Some of the most commonly used physical modalities in a physiotherapy practice include (click on the modality to find out more information):
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