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What is Electrotherapy
Electrotherapy is the treatment of certain human ailments via the application of electrical currents to the body.
The fact that electrical currents can effect human physiology is well known. The earliest observations of this date back to the pioneering work of Galvani, Volta, and others, and forms the basis for the field of electro physiology.
Different Types of Therapy
Increased blood supply which promotes healing, produces a pain killing effect which can reduce muscle spasm, and promote normal function softens fibrous tissues and scar tissue which are formed during healing.
- Torn and pulled muscles
- Tennis and Golfers Elbow
- Damaged ligaments
- Inflamed and irritated spinal joints
- Swollen joints and many others...
Interferential Therapy aids in circulation, decreasing the recovery time for patients. This type of treatment will typically speed the patient's recovery and allow earlier resumption of their normal lifestyle.
- Muscle spasms
- Frozen Shoulder
- Arthritic pain
- Repetitive Strain Injury and many others...
What to Expect
In some instances these machines cannot be used such as with patients who have pacemakers fitted or who may be pregnant. Naturally we screen patients during our case history taking and examination to ensure suitability to the different forms of treatment we offer.
The Interferential causes a comfortable and some would say “reasonably pleasant” tingling sensation as it relaxes muscles and encourages improved circulation to the affected or painful area.
The Ultrasound causes vibrations beneath the skin which are too fast to be noticeable ... put simply; there is usually no sensation at all. Very occasionally the patient can experience a subtle buzzing and a gentle warming sensation.