Wise words from Otterbein | Using technology as part of rehabilitative therapy produces results

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in August

Selecting the right nursing home and therapy team is a critical decision for patients, families, and their physicians. Oftentimes, people choose a long-term-care facility, outpatient clinic, or rehabilitation provider based on things like convenience of location and facility amenities. While these are logical considerations, nothing should be more important than the rehabilitation provider’s ability to provide effective treatment options for the individual’s specific health condition. With the proper rehabilitation care, patients and residents are often able to enjoy better quality of life and independence. In many cases, they are even able to return to the activities they enjoy and a lower level of care in the community.


What are Therapeutic Modalities? Therapeutic Modalities are therapy treatment programs that provide non-surgical, medication-free treatment options for a variety of conditions. They have been developed around medical research using proven rehabilitation procedures. These programs include ultrasound, shortwave diathermy, gentle electrical stimulation, and infrared light. Therapeutic Modalities are often used by professional sports teams to manage pain, re-educate muscles, and increase circulation for improved healing after an injury.

The therapy teams at Otterbein offer specialized treatment programs to help patients which include Accelerated Care Plus (ACP) Therapeutic Modalities.


Ultrasound uses sound waves to target tissue and the circulatory system. The waves penetrate the muscles and tissue, causing them to become warm and relaxing them. This relaxation helps with tightness and spasms, the widening of vessels, and increased circulation to areas that will assist in healing. The frequency of the machine can be adjusted to decrease inflammation as well.

Shortwave diathermy

Diathermy is the only way to heat large, deep areas. The heating causes the blood vessels to expand, thus increasing the rate of blood flow and oxygen delivery to the muscles and tissues. It increases circulation, accelerates healing, controls pain, and increases soft tissue extensibility. Diathermy will benefit patients in healing tissue, pain, and joint restrictions.

Gentle electrical stimulation

Gentle electrical stimulation uses electrical pulses to create comfortable muscle contractions. It is used to help manage pain, re-educate muscles, increase local circulation to assist with healing, help manage muscle spasms, and increase range of motion. This form of therapy is used to assist in the treatment of pain, slow-healing wounds, and weakness. It’s also helpful for joint and orthopedic procedures and the prevention of falls.

Infrared light

Infrared light harnesses the healing power of wavelengths of light. When it is applied to injury sites, it increases circulation, reduces inflammation, and promotes healing. Infrared light promotes nitric oxide release, which enhances blood flow. The blood flow brings oxygen and nutrients to injured, aching tissues, which causes them to heal faster.

Are Therapeutic Modalities safe and effective? The Therapeutic Modalities in our specialized treatment programs use state-of-the-art medical technology that has been used safely and effectively for many years among people of all ages. The treatments are comfortable and well accepted by patients.

Are Therapeutic Modalities used in all of ACP’s specialized treatment programs? Depending on the patient’s condition, needs, and goals, therapists may use a variety of therapy techniques to get the best results. These therapies may or may not include the use of Therapeutic Modalities.

Who should consider trying specialized treatment programs? Our specialized treatment programs may be helpful in the treatment of many common conditions and related symptoms experienced by aging adults and others, including:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle weakness
  • Coordination or balance problems
  • A recent fall or fear of falling
  • Recovery from a joint replacement
  • Complications from a stroke
  • Loss of movement
  • Bladder problems
  • Slow-healing wounds
  • Post-surgical recovery
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Muscle weakness related to COPD.

How to get help

To learn more about the specialized treatment programs offered by Otterbein’s therapy teams, which include Accelerated Care Plus (ACP) Therapeutic Modalities, contact the Otterbein community nearest you. (Contact information is available at .) A quick professional health evaluation is all that is needed to get started. You should speak to your doctor about these treatment options.

To find out more about Therapeutic Modalities, please visit the ACP website at www.acplus.com.❦