National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) is a commemoration held each October by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). NPTM is designed to recognize the impact that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants make in restoring and improving motion in people's lives. Prohealthcareproducts.com wants to recognize that impact too, by offering 10% to all physical therapy and sports medicine clinics all month long. So whether you’re a seasoned professional or a newer practitioner, this is a great opportunity to make sure your clinic is stocked with some of the essential tools of the trade or some new tools you’d like to start offering patients. To take advantage of our offer just give us a call to tell us about your business and we'll get you set up.
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Let’s explore some of the best, most versatile modalities that aid in physical therapy treatment.
5 Versatile Treatment Modalities for Physical Therapy Clinics
- Whirlpool therapy: This one’s a patient favorite. Whirlpool therapy has three main healing ingredients; heat, buoyancy, and massage. Research has shown the health benefits of whirlpool therapy are: relaxation of muscles, lowering of blood pressure, and loosening of joints. From sports injuries to arthritis, whirlpool therapy has broad applications in physical therapy treatment.
- Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT): Low Level Laser Therapy is a cutting-edge treatment option. Laser Light therapy uses very short wavelengths of light (600-1000 nm) to penetrate human tissue in order to facilitate healing of tissue, reduction in pain and swelling. Particles called photons assemble in waveforms to make light. The light transmits through the skin's layers at all wavelengths in the visible range. LLLT is an extremely versatile tool (Dermatologists even use it to cure eczema!) and it can be used to help patients who suffer from pain, whether chronic or from an injury.
- Paraffin Therapy: Paraffin wax has a very high heat capacity allowing it to able to absorb and retain a great amount of heat. A paraffin wax bath takes advantage of paraffin's heat-retaining capacity in a simple process called heat transfer. Paraffin therapy is not only helpful for patients suffering from pain, but is also helpful to break-up scar tissue. When used for scar tissue, the paraffin can improve the pliability and can reduce pain while improving the elasticity of collagen fibers making scar tissue easier to mobilize.
- Ultrasound/Tens Combo unit: Most clinics use ultrasound or TENS units, but when used together they are a powerhouse team. Having them in one unit also convenient when space is a consideration. A recent study in The Journal of Exercise Science and Physiotherapy showed that Ultrasound/TENS combination units greatly reduced pain and increased range of motion for patients.
- Active/Passive Trainer: Active/Passive Trainers are great tools for patients with every little active function. When someone is stationary a lot, which wheelchair users are, it becomes important to have equipment that allows patients to exercise without great effort, move their limbs through ranges of motion while also helping them increase their strength. I love active/passive trainers. It makes exercise accessible for wheelchair bound patients, which improves not only their physical health and function, but also their mental health.
It’s an honor to work in physical therapy and help people regain their health, independence and function. Happy National Physical Therapy Month, our hats are off to the people who work hard at improving their patient’s quality of life.
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