Both forms of care are beneficial in improving pain and function. What do you want out of your care? Pain relief only? Better function? Improvement in sports performance? Being able to sit down for longer at work without discomfort? Goals are an important aspect of care.
Passive care represents something done to the patient and consists of therapeutic interventions that are applied to the patient such as adjustments, soft tissue techniques, other forms of manual therapy and early stage of rehab. Generally passive care involve little or no involvement of the patient.
Active care includes modalities that requires an individual conscious effort. Active care has the goal of placing the patient in a position of greater responsibility for their recovery (rehab).
Mixture of passive and active care is effective in managing pain and function. Both care takes commitment and patience. Somethings don’t come easy.