Electrotherapy: What it is and How it Works
Electrotherapy entails the application of an electric current that provides beneficial effects for those suffering from muscle related conditions, neurological disorders, chronic pain, pain associated with injury or surgery and much more. This medical technique has attracted widespread attention in recent years for its ability to provide relief without subjecting the patient to the potentially odious side effects of various medications.
How it Works
During electrotherapy an electric current is brought to bear on the affected tissue. This current is generated by a device specially designed for the purpose of stimulating damaged or weakened tissue and to rejuvenate and revitalize it in the process. Treatment variables will include the amount of electricity applied, the type of current applied, the particular body part being treated and the condition of that body part. Of course the efficacy of the procedure also depends in large part on the quality of the device used to deliver the treatment. Therefore, when considering which therapist to see it’s important that you ask them what type of device they use. What you will want to hear back is that they use a state of the art device like the Stereodynator.
The Potential Benefits of Electrotherapy
Electrotherapy has been shown to provide a range of benefits that may have previously been difficult for people suffering various maladies to achieve. Those benefits include:
- Increased range of motion – Electrotherapy has proven itself effective in reducing the type of swelling that often accompanies injury. By alleviating this swelling patients are able to achieve greater range of motion as well as pain free movement.
- Decreased atrophy – Often times when recovering from illness or injury muscles can undergo atrophy (weakening and tightening as a result of disuse). Electrotherapy can rejuvenate dormant muscle tissue which, in turn, helps people get back on their feet faster and stronger.
- Reduced pain – Electrotherapy has been widely lauded for its ability to penetrate damaged tissue and provide real, significant reduction in pain for many patients. In addition, everyone from weekend warriors to professional athletes embrace electrotherapy as a way of reducing muscle spasms, lower back pain, neck pain and more.
Situations and Conditions When Electrotherapy May be Advised
Electrotherapy is most often used to augment other treatment regimes, or conversely, other treatment regimens are used to augment electrotherapy. The point being that it is not typically a stand-alone treatment. Patients undergoing physical therapy often find electrotherapy allows them to be more limber and thereby participate more fully in the exercise regime the physical therapist has designed for them. Electrotherapy is also coming under scrutiny as a possible alternative to addictive opioid treatments. In addition, electrotherapy is being indicated today to help treat cases of:
- Sports injury
- Nerve pain related to diabetes
- Migraine headaches
- And much more…
Magne-Tec is at the forefront of the electrotherapy movement and their website holds a shockwave therapy machine like Swiss dolorclast, Lunula and many more. This relevant information for patients and professionals alike. Take a look when you have a chance and open yourself to a new world of healing.