How Can Electrotherapy Help You?

Many people are getting welcome relief from a number of health related issues by undergoing electrotherapy. This medical treatment use precisely controlled electrical energy currents to help reduce pain, boost circulation and it may also heal soft tissue injuries. Additionally, electrotherapy is thought to aid in stimulating new and healthier bone growth as well as stimulating muscles. This therapy might even build stronger muscles.

What Are the Different Types of Electrotherapy Available?

There are currently a number of different types of electrotherapy devices available. These include:

  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation or TENS
  • Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy or PEMF
  • Electrical Muscle Stimulation or EMS
  • Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation or PENS

Electrotherapy Is Often Used In Conjunction with Chiropractic Care

Electrotherapy has been shown to be very specific for certain health conditions. The TENS unit is a popular choice. Small adhesive backed patches are placed on indicated treatment area. Small wires connect the patches to the TENS unit. If used in the office setting, the doctor will oversee the treatment and control the electrical currents that will be carefully directed at one or more target regions.

What Conditions May Be Helped by Electrotherapy?

There are a number of varying conditions that electrotherapy may be likely to help. These conditions can include possible pain reduction in patients who experience mild to moderately serious pain on a chronic basis.
Electrotherapy may help treat these following conditions that include:

  • Diabetic Nerve Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Muscle Atrophy
  • Wound Healing
  • Non-Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Pain

How Does Electrotherapy Work On Damaged Nerves?

Electrotherapy is used to aid in healing damaged nerves through carefully controlled currents of electrical energy. To understand how this concept works, it is beneficial to know that a normal functioning nerve sends or carries electrical impulses that originate in the brain and takes them to the muscles. That impulse from brain to muscle essentially tells the muscle when and how much to contract.

Diabetes, heart disease, traumatic injuries and other conditions can damage the nerves. When this occurs, the nerve may be unable to send or carry those electrical impulses fully leading to spotty impulse firing. Electrotherapy may help those damaged nerve endings to eventually heal over time with treatment. As healing occurs, the nerve will once again send those necessary impulses.

Side Effects from Electrotherapy Are Minimal

Unlike other medical treatments, electrotherapy has few side effects. Overuse may cause skin burning, and adhesive pads might cause a rash. There are some situations when electrotherapy is contraindicated.

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