Passive therapeutic services
Passive therapeutic services are treatments that use physical stimuli like pressure, traction (pulling), heat, cold or electricity to have a particular effect on a person’s body. They are intended to ease pain, improve blood circulation and increase suppleness. Passive therapeutic techniques are mostly used by physical therapists, masseurs or hydrotherapists (healthcare professionals who use water to treat medical problems) as part of physical therapy treatment.
Common methods include massage, electrotherapy, ultrasound therapy, bathing, inhalation and hot/cold packs. The following are examples of typical passive therapeutic services.