Electrotherapy uses electrical signals to interfere with the transmission of neural pain signals into the brain. It effectively slows down or distracts the message from the nerve to the brain. From a physiotherapy point of view, affecting one’s ‘Pain Gate’, whether in an acute or chronic pain episode, is crucial area of treatment and electrotherapy is a very useful resource where conventional medicines are not as affective. Electrotherapy can also involve the use of this electric current to speed tissue healing where tissue damage has also occurred. I’m going to discuss two different forms of it today, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) and Interferential therapy.
You might have heard of Electrotherapy before but perhaps you were not aware that it is one of the many methods by which we treat patients within our clinics. Veronica McCormack of our Clondalkin clinic has written this very informative and interesting post which tells us how Electrotherapy works and how we can use it to help in your treatment. Don’t be scared of this treatment, keep reading to find out more!!