Modalities and Techniques

Modalities and Techniques

Modalities and Techniques

There’s nothing quite like receiving supportive physical therapy care while you’re dealing with a recent injury or condition. And at Trinity Rehab, we pride ourselves on providing patients throughout New Jersey with compassionate guidance during your journey to good health.

Luckily, your answer to your therapy needs is here, at our fully-equipped center, where we utilize a variety of innovative modalities and techniques, all of which can make your road to recovery that much easier.

Let’s get to know each other a little bit better by understanding the meaning of physical therapy modalities and techniques…

What are Modalities and Techniques

Simply put, physical therapy modalities and techniques are therapeutic methods used as a way to treat a particular disorder. So, for example, let’s say that you’ve been dealing with lower back pain.

After your physical therapist evaluates your symptoms, they may choose a gentle, hands-on option like Myofascial Release. In this case, Myofascial Release is the modality or technique used to address your issue and help you heal.

Customized for Your Needs

On top of our state-of-the-art modalities and techniques, our team takes your physical therapy treatment to the next level by customizing your treatment plan to fit your unique body and needs. We’ll carefully review your medical history, injury, and preferences, and then choose the techniques that are best for your particular situation.

By providing each patient with a personalized physical therapy plan, you can feel confident that your condition, injury, or fitness efforts will be supported with the appropriate modalities and techniques.

To help you learn about the types of innovative treatments you’ll find at our facility, feel free to choose the modality that interests you most from the list below and start reading!

The McKenzie Method

As one of the most highly recommended therapies used for treating back and spine pain, the McKenzie method provides you with an initial assessment, thorough treatment, and long-term prevention of your injury or condition.

With this all-inclusive approach to addressing your ailment, both you and your licensed therapist will work to help you recover by centralizing your back pain and administering specific exercises.

What It Treats

The McKenzie Method is ideal for focusing on musculoskeletal issues that prevent you from moving about your daily life, workout routine, or athletic training with ease. Such conditions may include things like:

  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Muscles Spasms
  • Spine Injuries

Electrical muscular stimulation

Suffering with weak muscles? Well, Electrical Muscular Stimulation was designed to strengthen your body by treating muscles spasms and engaging inactive muscles with electrical impulses.

So, whether you’ve recently undergone surgery or a sports injury, your physique will benefit from gentle stimulation, even if you’re just looking to recover after a strenuous workout.

Kinesio Taping®

No matter what type of fitness enthusiast or professional athlete you may be, you always want to have access to the same cutting-edge technologies as an Olympian.

Luckily, Kinesio Taping® provides your tired or injured muscles with the stability they need without preventing you from performing like a champion.

In addition, this rehabilitative physical therapy modality boosts your body’s natural healing process so that you can get back on the track in no time.


While you may be thinking that this is a way to sit back and play video games while getting your treatment, Wii is actually a great way to get back into shape after an injury.

This Wii-habilitation technique allows you to gradually refamiliarize your physique with regular workouts and quick movements. You can even opt to cross train with a fun, virtual boxing session! Be sure to ask our therapists about the other training challenges available on this system.

Infrared & Laser

From arthritis to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome to sports injuries, and just about everything in between, the answer to your musculoskeletal condition arrives in the form of Infrared & Laser physical therapy.

By applying light to the damaged part of your body, photons will be released and facilitate a chemical reaction within the tissue. Over time, this industry-leading modality will reduce your pain and accelerate the healing process.

Myofascial Release

Looking for a gentler physical therapy technique for a sensitive tendon or muscle? If so, consider the soft stretches of Myofascial Release.

With the steady pressure applied to your pain point and the surrounding areas, you’ll gradually restore mobilization and flexibility to your body without causing further damage.

Some of the most common problems treated with Myofascial Release are conditions like:

  • Lower Back Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Neck Pain
  • Tension Headaches

Moist Heat

When you’re dealing with sore muscles and bones, there’s nothing better than relaxing in a hot bath. And at our physical therapy center, we use those same soothing benefits by applying moist heat to your injury.

By utilizing this technique as a supplemental approach or as your main form of therapy, you may notice a reduction in muscle spasms and a decrease in pain. Plus, this is a great option for anyone who suffers from chronic pain or conditions, like arthritis.

Cold Pack

To make sure that we’re covering the opposite end of the temperature spectrum, we offer up Cold Pack treatments, or cryotherapy, which dwindles inflammation and jump starts the healing process of acute injuries.

So, whether you pulled a muscle on the football field or tore a ligament during a marathon, this option is ideal for athletes, the weekend warrior, and any other type of patient.

Manual Therapy

If you’re interested in taking your rehabilitation program beyond traditional therapy options, be sure to check out our Manual Therapy modalities and techniques.

For example, if you have a frustrating pain or injury that isn’t responding to other modalities or treatments, manual therapy methods allow our certified professionals to identify the root of your problem.

Once you begin your first Manual Therapy appointment, your therapist will work your soft tissues to relieve adhesions and spasms. That way, you’ll discover the true cause of your pain and focus on the correct issue.


The correct diagnosis is the key to healing your body and getting back to the active lifestyle that you love so much.

That’s why our physical therapists utilize IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization), which incorporates stainless steel instruments to apply pressure to your physique, release adhesions, and properly identify the cause of your condition, injury, or pain.

This innovative therapy method can help your body recover from issues, such as:

  • Bursitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Release Scar Tissue Formation
  • Easing Soft Tissue Restrictions
  • Tendinitis
  • Tennis Elbow

Sensory Desensitization and Re-Education

Without the right senses, it’s difficult for you to know which muscles, tendons, ligaments, or bones hurt most.

But thanks to techniques like Sensory Desensitization and Re-Education, you’ll begin to repair your nervous system after an injury or medical emergency. That way, your brain and specific areas of your body will get reacquainted with one another and begin to work in harmony.


To help you reduce excess pain during your treatment, Iontophoresis teams up with topical anti-inflammatory medication and an electrical current to quickly absorb into the skin.

With this pain-relieving treatment, you’ll support your body in recovering from conditions like Plantar Fasciitis, and Tendonitis, so that you can get back to your workout routine in no time.


If ultrasound therapies are your style, feel free to ask our licensed professionals about Phonophoresis. Much like Iontophoresis, this treatment applies topical anti-inflammatory medication to your body, but replaces the electrical current with an ultrasound machine to boost absorption.

Joint Mobilization

Your joints help you move like a speed demon and stay limber in any situation. So, if one of your joints starts acting up, make sure that you aren’t held back from your daily activities by opting for Joint Mobilization therapy. That way, stiffness, immobility, and pain won’t stop you from continuing along your fitness routine.

Overall, joint mobilization modalities are employed to release joint restriction, decrease pain, promote natural gait patterns, and eliminate abnormal movements, such as limping.

TMJ Therapy

Have you ever noticed stiffness in your jaw or a popping noise while you’re chewing? If so, it’s possible that you could benefit from TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Therapy. To begin, our clinicians will take some time to locate the underlying cause of your pain, like:

  • Poor Posture
  • Muscular Imbalances
  • Dental Dysfunction
  • Trauma
  • Tight Neck Muscles
  • Stress

From there, your personal therapist will provide you with treatment solutions or refer you to a dental practitioner who can address your dental dysfunction symptoms.