What is Electrotherapy?
Electrotherapy is a form of medical treatment, which uses small electrical impulses to repair tissue.
There are several different forms of electrotherapy; these include ultrasound, interferential therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), laser therapy and muscle stimulation. Ultrasound uses sound waves to speed up the healing process, while interferential therapy and TENS reduce pain by manipulating the nerves which reduces the sensation of pain and produces a tingling feeling. Laser therapy is sometimes used to repair damaged tissue; using lasers means the treatment can be both accurate and intense.
Generally injuries that have caused swelling will respond well, electrotherapy will improve circulation to injured area, reduce swelling, stimulate muscles and increase sensations or muscle strength
One benefit includes helping to relieve pain syndromes following strain or sprain injuries. Electrotherapy also helps reduce spasms, reduces swelling and pain in many conditions, such as tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder and knee injuries and frequently helps persistent and post-surgical pain.
Electrotherapy treatment may help prevent or retard tissue atrophy when a limb is in a cast or immobilized, It can also help build strength in muscles, tendons, and ligaments – especially following injury.
Increased Range of Motion – 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.
The benefits of electrotherapy are wide-ranging and include a more advanced healing process and its non-invasive painless form of treatment.