Electrotherapy at Thorassic Park
What is Electrotherapy?
Electrotherapy is primarily used to treat pain. In some cases, if a patient hasn't responded well to other treatments, electrical therapies can work by directing mild electric impulses to the problem areas. The goal of this treatment is to improve overall function by reducing pain, strengthening muscles, repairing tissues, and improving circulation. Electrotherapy works by attaching electrodes to the skin with a connected wire to the unit. Mild electrical impulses are sent to the skin through the wires. Electrotherapies often work in conjunction with other natural treatments. Electrotherapy is a treatment used to reduce pain, swelling, and recovery time. This treatment works well for soft tissue injuries, muscle spasms, and even for athletes for quicker recovery from workouts.
How Does Electrotherapy Work?
This treatment is performed in our office, and only takes a few minutes. Electrodes are placed on the skin over the affected area and the machine is turned on. An electrical current is then transmitted into the soft tissue or muscle. The level of current used depends on the injury, location and how deep the therapy will be. The electrical current causes the muscles to experience small but quick contractions. During treatment, patients may feel a prickly or tingling sensation; however, these sensations will subside after the machine is turned off, or shortly afterward and is no cause for alarm. Electrical muscle stimulation creates tiny contractions in the muscles so they become tired and relax, relieving pain and muscle spasms. In addition, it triggers the release of endorphins, which are our body’s natural pain reliever. The process is also said to clear metabolic waste so nutrients can be better delivered and soft tissue can heal more quickly. Back muscles and neck muscles are common locations for electrotherapy; however, there are many areas of the body that can experience the benefits of this treatment. Electric muscle stimulation works well for both acute and chronic pain.