Chiropractor In Rochester: Passive Therapy Vs. Active Therapy

When dealing with joint, nerve and muscle pain, chiropractors can attack these problems from a few different angles. Each chiropractor in Rochester has their own philosophy as to the best way to treat neck pain, back pain, headaches, and nerve pain.

At Rochester Chirotherapy, we use a combination of passive and active therapies.

You may be asking, “what is the difference?”

Passive therapy, as the name describes, is a form of treatment where the doctor performs the tasks, while the patient relaxes on the treatment table. A few examples of passive therapy are: spinal manipulation (adjustments), electric muscle stimulation, deep tissue massage, and stretching. Passive therapies are important in the early stages of recovery when a patient may be in too much pain to participate in or perform rehabilitation exercises. When pain is present, there is tissue damage of some sort (muscle, bones, joints, ligaments, etc.) Passive therapies are used to help relieve pain and recover damaged tissue by promoting blood flow to the area. In the case of joint pain, it can help to relieve tension within the joint and restore proper range of motion and bio-mechanics.

Active therapy typically follows passive therapy treatments. This treatment is similar to what you would expect at a physical therapy office. Active therapy is the use of active movement by the patient and exercises to help mobilize or strengthen areas of injury. Rochester Chirotherapy utilizes many spinal mobilization exercises as active therapy to help maintain the benefits of passive therapies.

The use of both passive and active therapies are important for complete recovery.


Feel free to comment/contact Dr. Stephen Boronczyk at Rochester Chirotherapy to determine what course of treatment is most appropriate for your pain.