What I have learned in Modalities definitely parallels with what goes on during clinical. Stim is one of the most popular treatments used during clinical, and it was something that I never really understood, while helping administer it or having it done on myself. It was such an eye-opener to finally understand the process of stim and how it helps the body. Additionally, the first thing we learned about in Modalities was the inflammatory process; something I had been watching occur for weeks without having a name to put with it. I would cover turf burn, blisters, cuts and scrapes, etc. every day for individuals from the beginning of the injury until it was almost completely healed. I have seen practically ever stage of the inflammatory process since the beginning of pre-season without having any clue of how complex the process was. After learning about it in class, I can say that I have a much better grip on how the healing process works, which will better the care that I administer to others presently and in the future. Lastly, I was one of many who had the misconception that ice could help with inflammation; I now understand that ice is solely used for pain management. We have been told from the beginning that if we do something for an athlete/patient, we should be able to explain to them why we are doing it. Modalities has been extremely beneficial to me in this area of the major. I am much more confident in what I do in clinical and why I am doing it. I love how my understanding of the body and how it functions has grown in just a short month.
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