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Modalities Specialist

ADI Rehab

Physical Therapists located in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA

Physical therapists employ a variety of modalities, such as massage, spinal stabilization, and light therapy, to help you develop a more fulfilling quality of life, even if you have a chronic condition. The extensively trained physical therapists at ADI Rehab in Westwood and Los Angeles, California, create a customized plan using different therapies and modalities so you can achieve the most effective results. You don’t have to live with pain. Call or schedule a consultation online to learn more about treatment options.

Modalities Q & A

What types of modalities do physical therapists use?

Physical therapies use a variety of techniques, therapies, and modalities in combination with each other to help achieve maximum results. Because pain has so many different causes, no single technique works best to relieve all types of pain. The therapists at ADI Rehab are specially trained in a variety of modalities including:

  • Sports rehabilitation and training
  • Massage therapy
  • Pediatric therapy
  • Personal training
  • Orthopedics
  • Pain management
  • Spinal stabilization
  • Sympathetic stimulation for chronic pain
  • Light therapy
  • Manual manipulation
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Ultrasound
  • Heat and cold therapies
  • Iontophoresis
  • Infrared laser therapy

What is iontophoresis?

Iontophoresis is a type of electrical stimulation your physical therapist may use to administer medication through your skin to reach deeper tissue. It can help alleviate pain in injured tissues and reduce inflammation.

Depending on your specific condition, your physical therapist selects the appropriate medication to relieve your symptoms. Iontophoresis helps decrease pain and swelling, reduce muscle spasms, and manage scar tissue.

Does iontophoresis treatment hurt?

During an iontophoresis treatment, you typically feel a tingling sensation from the tiny electrodes on your skin, but it doesn’t usually hurt. The electrodes are concentrated to only the area of your body that’s being treated.

Iontophoresis treatment generally takes 10 to 20 minutes, so you may be able to tolerate any temporary discomfort. If the sensation is extremely uncomfortable, your physical therapist can make adjustments to the electrical current to minimize the irritation.

Is iontophoresis safe?

Yes. It’s a safe procedure, and side effects are minimal. You may notice slight redness where the electrodes were attached to your body.

What types of medications does this modality use?

Iontophoresis uses different medications for different conditions, but some of the most common ones include:

  • Dexamethasone to decrease inflammation
  • Acetic acid to decrease calcium deposits
  • Chlorine to treat scar tissue
  • Calcium chloride to decrease muscle spasms
  • Magnesium sulfate to decrease spasms and reduce muscle pain


To find out more about the extensive set of modalities the ADI Rehab physical therapists provide, call or schedule a consultation online.

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