Electrotherapy is a form of physical therapy that uses electrical currents to stimulate muscles and nerves.
It is used to treat a variety of conditions, including:
• Muscle weakness
• Reduced range of motion
• Nerve damage
• Scar tissue
Electrotherapy works by sending electrical currents through the skin to the muscles and nerves. These currents can cause the muscles to contract, which can help to relieve pain and improve range of motion. They can also stimulate the nerves, which can help to reduce pain and improve sensation.
There are many different types of electrotherapies, each with its own specific benefits. Some of the most common types include:
• Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS): This type of electrotherapy uses low-voltage electrical currents to stimulate nerves and relieve pain.
• Interferential current therapy (IFC): This type of electrotherapy uses two or more electrical currents to create a third current that can be used to decrease inflammation and also stimulate muscles and nerves.
• Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS): This type of electrotherapy uses electrical currents to contract muscles. It can be used to strengthen muscles or to help prevent muscle atrophy.
• Microcurrent therapy: This type of electrotherapy uses very low-voltage electrical currents to stimulate the skin and underlying tissues. It is thought to have a variety of benefits, including pain relief, wound healing, and skin rejuvenation.
The benefits of electrotherapy include:
• Pain relief
• Improved muscle strength
• Increased range of motion
• Reduced inflammation
• Improved nerve function
• Enhanced wound healing
• Reduced scar tissue
Electrotherapy can be used alone or in conjunction with the other treatments provided at ICC.