Electrotherapy

Electrotherapy is a type of transcutaneous (goes through the skin) nerve and muscle stimulation by electrical current.  Improvement is often noted after the first session – as evidenced by reduced pain, diminished swelling, and improved mobility.  Electrotherapy treatment is often given as an adjunctive modality for a variety of conditions.

Electrotherapy - Balance in Life, P.C. The key to electrical stimulation is its waveform, which allows the electrical current to penetrate deep within the tissues being treated.  Because it goes through the skin, needles are not used in this therapy.  Another key is its combination of electrical frequencies.

It works so safely and comfortably that usually patients feel only mild “pins and needles” tingling, and a gentle sensation of pressure.




Benefits

One benefit includes helping to relieve pain syndromes following strain or sprain injuries.  Electrotherapy also helps relax spasms and reduce swelling and pain in many back and neck problems.  In addition, Electrotherapy may help reduce swelling and pain for such conditions as tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder and knee injuries and frequently helps persistent, post-surgical pain.

Electrotherapy treatment may help prevent or retard tissue atrophy when a limb is in a cast or immobilized.  It may help increase local blood circulation.  It can also help build strength in muscles, tendons, and ligaments – especially following injury.  Electrotherapy often helps reduce swelling and accelerate the healing process.  It is useful in restoring normal freedom and range of motion in those who experience stiffness or limitation of movement.

Electrotherapy - Pain Points - Balance in Life, P.C. Increased Range of Motion - Electrotherapy is often used to help relieve pain and aid in the treatment of muscle injuries such as strains, sprains, spasms, tears and bruises.  It can also help to increase range of motion and slow or prevent muscle atrophy (muscle which is wasting away because of non-use).

Sports Injuries - Electrotherapy is often used to treat injured athletes – helping them to recover more rapidly.  It is not only useful in treating injuries, but it also aids in the recovery of muscles from extensive training or over-exertion.

Chronic Problems - Electrotherapy treatments may be beneficial for many conditions – whether they are in the acute or chronic stage.  When health problems persist longer then the “normal” recovery time – they are deemed to be chronic. Electrotherapy can benefit those who suffer with longstanding, residual, and chronic conditions.

For more information on the use and benefits of Electrotherapy, contact us.