Electrotherapy & Modalities

Physiotherapy is a method of treating, managing, and preventing a variety of physical problems including sports injuries, chronic or degenerative conditions, work-related injuries, post-operative care, and other joint, spine, bone, muscle, tendon and ligament injuries and conditions

Your Harmony Ottawa Physiotherapist, when indicated will combine a multitude of modalities including EMG, Ultrasound, IFC, TENS, Tissue Distraction Cupping and Electrical stimulation with an active treatment approach to help achieve the best possible clinical outcomes!



Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa utilizes electrotherapy in order to provide a variety of beneficial healing effects, including:

  • Reduce, eliminate, and/or control pain (both acute and chronic)

  • Increase local circulation

  • Decrease swelling

  • Improve range of motion

  • Reduce muscle spasm

  • Provide biofeedback (aka improve body awareness)

  • Improve motor coordination

  • Provide neuromuscular re-education

  • Prevent or reverse muscle atrophy (especially after prolonged immobilization, such as a limb being casted as a fracture heals)

Pain control and reduction is probably the most frequent indication of electrical stimulation usage. Specifically, this modality can trigger an innate and completely natural analgesic effect by stimulating specific sensory nerve fibers (including A-beta, A-delta, and C fibers) which both disrupt or decrease the sensation of pain and also elicit the release of certain neurotransmitters which can prolong the pain-relieving effects.

While it’s not for everyone (including people with deep vein thrombosis, people who are pregnant, people with pacemakers, and people with impaired cognition) or safe to use on every body area (including on the anterior neck, eyes, or over areas with damaged skin or decreased sensation), electrical stimulation can be used for a wide variety of conditions as indicated, including acute sports injuries or auto accident-related injuries, repetitive stress injuries, muscle strains, ligament sprains, and even neurological conditions including stroke.



Ultrasound is a type of mechanical energy that has been used for many years to treat chronic pain and improve the healing process. There are several specific ways a Harmony Ottawa Physiotherapists can use ultrasound therapy to treat injuries and reduce pain. Contact us to learn more about how ultrasound therapy can help you promote healing, reduce pain, and improve your ability to perform daily activities and tasks

Benefits of Ultrasound Therapy

  • Increase Blood Flow – Just as cold decreases blood flow, heat will increase it. Ultrasound therapy will cause your blood vessels to increase in size and therefore increase the blood flow. Increased blood flow means more nutrients will be delivered to the area of your injury while waste is carried away. This ultimately enhances the healing process.

  • Reduce Swelling and Inflammation – Ultrasound therapy has been shown to reduce stiffness in muscles and joints while increasing range of motion. Once blood flow is increased and swelling and inflammation is reduced, this will allow your muscles and joints to respond more favorably to manual stretching exercises and different types of massage.

  • Promote Tissue Healing – Ultrasound not only improves your muscles and joint range of motion but can aid in the healing of wounded tissues. The metabolism of the cells in the tissue is affected by ultrasound. The vibration produced by the ultrasound can help prevent scar tissue from forming.

Conditions Treated with Ultrasound

While increased blood flow, reduced swelling and inflammation, and tissue healing are general benefits of ultrasound, there are several specific conditions these processes can help heal. The following are a few of the physical conditions that can be treated.

  • Bursitis and Tendonitis

  • Muscle Strains and Tears

  • Muscle Spasms

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

  • Bone Fractures 

These are just a few of the many conditions that can be treated with ultrasound Physiotherapy. Other conditions and diseases that may be improved or healed include whiplash, phantom limb pain & dental pain

Are you interested in trying electrotherapy & Modalities? Wondering if it can help your pain or dysfunction? Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa services, including electrotherapy and other modalities, are evidenced-based, state-of-the-art, effective, and have minimal to no risk of side effects. Come experience the difference and Contact US Today at Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa to schedule an initial appointment.