Electrotherapy is a stimulation therapy that uses electrical energy to help relieve pain. It is a medical treatment proven to relieve muscle pain, reduce the recovery time, and speed the healing process. Electrotherapy has been widely used for many years as the electric pulses are mild, calming, and 100% safe.
Electrotherapy has many uses in therapy; it is used to relax muscle spasms, increase local blood circulation, rehabilitate and re-educate electrical muscle stimulation, maintain and increase range of motion, manage chronic pain, post-traumatic acute pain, post-surgical pain, and aid wound healing.
The electrotherapy unit consists of a battery-powered device that is connected by wires to adhesive electrode pads. These electrode pads are placed onto the skin in the affected/injured area. Once the electrode pads are secured, the unit is powered on and a mild electric current is transferred from the electrode to the skin. For most people, electrotherapy feels like a gentle vibrating massage or slight buzzing, tingling sensation. The electrodes stimulate and vibrate the muscle under the skin, which people find relaxing.
How does this relieve pain? When there is injury or pain at a tissue it is sensed by a nerve in the area. An electrical signal is then transmitted through the nerve to the brain detecting pain. Electrotherapy works by sending its own electrical impulses to the brain. The disruption in signals interrupt or block the pain signals from the nerve to the brain, effectively reducing the amount of pain you feel.
Electrotherapy is commonly used for:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Knee pain
- Muscle pain
- Post surgery
It is a non-invasive and drug-free viable therapy that is worth exploring. The first step towards recovery is alleviating pain allowing you to focus on movement and exercise. Depending on your symptoms, your health care provider may recommend that electrotherapy is right for you.