Electrotherapy: benefits of a painless shock to the system

Electrotherapy blog

Electrotherapy is a painless therapeutic procedure that directs mild electrical currents to a problem area.

And, depending on the type of electrotherapy you have, it can help with physical therapy for the relaxation of muscle spasm, increase of local blood circulation, muscle rehabilitation and maintaining and increasing range of motion. It can also enhance your body’s healing response.

As a trained Osteopath with more than 30 years in the industry, I offer several types of electrotherapy in my clinics in Bromley and Orpington to help treat a vast range of conditions like bell’s palsy, osteoarthritis, ligament strain and more.

Whilst electrotherapy might quite literally be a mild mannered ‘shock to the system’ – when used at the right place, at the right time I think it can be extremely effective in aiding numerous conditions and ailments.

  1. Ultrasound

This type of electrotherapy is great for treating conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ligament strain or tear and tendonitis.

Why? Because ultrasound is a form of wave motion at a higher frequency than audible sound and it can be concentrated into a beam and directed at an object like a ray of light.

Ultrasound works by generating heat in the tissues when the ultrasonic energy is converted into friction. This heat, when concentrated in a relatively small area deep in the body tissue leads to a decrease in pain, a reduction in joint stiffness, decreased muscle spasm and an improved blood and lymph system.

  1. Treatment with G5

A G5 body massager relaxes the superficial soft tissues of the muscles by using simultaneous vibration and percussion movement to increase the venous flow and nutrition to the skin and underlying tissue whilst stimulating the blood circulation. The speed of its vibrations affects nerve conduction, reducing referred nerve pain. This is normally used in the treatments of chronic swelling.

  1. Electrical Differential Therapy

There are five therapy modes available with the electrical differential therapy.  These are: low frequency therapy, interferential therapy, middle frequency therapy, Endosan therapy and direct current therapy. These can be combined in different ways to produce various therapeutic effects.

This type of electrotherapy is used to reduce pain or inflammation. It has an added effect of muscle stimulation through muscle relaxation and strengthening.

Electrotherapy is just one tool that I use in treating patients. If you have an injury or are experiencing pain and would like to discuss Osteopathy then please do get in touch via email or phone to find out more information.

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