Physical Modalities

Our Morganton, NC Patients know that they will receive top-quality care when they make an appointment at Baker Chiropractic. And they also know our chiropractor will offer them a full menu of options to complement his spinal adjustments; treatments that not only use the latest technologies but span a full range of physical modalities to restore optimal function and balance. If the term physical modalities are unfamiliar to you, read on.


What Are Physical Modalities?

Physical modalities are tools we use to expand the restorative effects of chiropractic adjustments and massage. We do so by delivering thermal, mechanical, or electrical energy to muscle tissue to speed up healing, reduce pain, and stimulate the exchange of fluids in and out of the areas targeted. Depending on the condition or injury we are treating, our chiropractor may recommend one or more of the following physical modalities

  • Ultrasound
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Heat Packs
  • Ice or Cold Packs
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

Electrical Stimulation Vs Ultrasound

When we aim to cause contraction of single muscles or muscle groups, we turn to electrical stimulation. Electrical stimulation involves placing electrodes on various locations of the skin to cause underlying muscle fibers to contract. When we want to induce muscle relaxation, we use ultrasound therapy to deliver heat to the fibers of the targeted muscles to stimulate them to expand. In both cases, our end-goal is to reduce inflammation and muscle spasms, stimulate blood flow, increase muscle strength, and release endorphins, which are the body's natural source of pain relief.


We reserve TENS therapy for patients experiencing chronic pain. And it may seem counterintuitive since we use TENS units neither to heal nor lead to a sustained period of pain-free living, but rather to overstimulate the area of pain and in so doing, temporarily overwhelming pain receptors in the area. This modality is meant to be temporary since it begins to lose its effect shortly after the power is turned off, but it is useful for people felled by sustained moderate or mild pain since it allows them a respite during which they can carry out necessary daily functions.

Heat vs Cold Packs

These old-school techniques still work well; heat to relax muscles as in sprains or strains, and cold to reduce painful inflammation.  

Chiropractor in Morganton

If you believe you would benefit from physical modalities, Baker Chiropractic and Rehabilitation is ready to assist you. Our chiropractor will evaluate your condition and provide you with the most effective possible combination of physical modalities. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (828) 437-0888.