Passive therapy is used for acute conditions. Passive means the patient does no work during the treatment. Example of passive modalities includes:
Cryotherapy utilizes ice, cold towels, ice massage and compression to reduce the temperature of muscle tissue; constricting blood vessels, numbing painful areas and relaxing muscle spasms, providing temporary relief.
High-frequency sound waves are administered in the region of soft tissue injuries. Sound vibrations penetrate the tissue deep in the body creating a heat response-helping break down and disperse unhealthy calcium and other hard tissue accumulations.
Massage works by kneading and stroking muscles to relax them and uses friction to stimulate soft tissues. This therapy can increase blood and lymph circulation between muscle fibers.
Trigger Point Therapy
Using the hand, the skin is gently pressed to locate underlying tight bands or nodules of muscle fibers. Then the muscle is compressed with sustained pressure to relax it.
It is a way of inducing passive motion into the spine for the purpose of scratching spinal joints, increasing mobility.
Interferential Electro Therapy
Tiny amounts of electrical impulses are induced into the tissue in the vicinity of the injury, creating a low frequency simulation, which prompts the body to secrete endorphins and other natural painkillers to help relieve pain.