Electrotherapy, the name may be scary, but electrical stimulation works well for many types of muscle and nerve pain. Electrotherapy is a treatment modality that is used by physiotherapists. It helps in strengthening injured muscles, promotes healing and helps in muscle regeneration. Electrotherapy is not only a trending modality in physical therapy, it can also be used by rehabilitation practitioners because it has several numerous therapeutic benefits.
When to choose Electrotherapy
Electrotherapy, is one of the most promising pain relieving and pain easing therapy as it promote the release of endorphins, the natural painkillers produced by the body. Below are some of the common symptoms where electrotherapy proves its necessity:
Acute and chronic pain
Sciatica & Low Back Pain
Tendonitis & Wound Healing
Diabetic & Arthritis Pain
Are there any Real Side Effects from Electrotherapy?
While the concept of using electricity on the body may sound painful and horrifying, it is not so in actuality. Many people find the sensation relaxing. People experience a tingling, vibrating, or buzzing sensation which is not unpleasant. It includes a range of treatments using electricity to reduce pain, improve circulation, repair tissues, strengthen muscles and promote bone growth. However, the most common side effect with electrotherapy is skin irritation, which is even caused by the overuse of adhesives electrodes or the tape holding the electrodes in place.
Although there are no side effects of Electrotherapy devices, there are few recommendation applies to the following people:
People with epilepsy
People with heart problems or any type of electrical or metal implant.
Not to be applied over organs or infectious area of the skin
How safe is Electrotherapy
Electrotherapy is an awesome non-invasive method for relieving pain. It is a well-established therapy, US FDA Cleared and has countless users. Here are some noticeable benefits to consider electrotherapy for pain relief:
1. Ease pain
Electrotherapy is helpful in minimizing almost all kinds of pain including sprain or strain. It also reduce the tightening of muscles which is often considered one of the major cause for pain in back and neck. Reducing the muscle tightness can also help prevent migraines and back problems which may lead to surgical operations.
2. Non-Invasive / Non-Surgical
Electrotherapy neither causes any penetration inside the body not it hurts while operating. It is a major advantage over painful surgeries. Treatment from electrotherapy devices requires zero downtime. With available portable devices, electrotherapy can also be used by patients in home as well as in office.
3. No Side-Effects
As electrotherapy does not penetrate the body in any way, it does not causes any side-effects. Even overusing the electrotherapy devices, does not harm the body. It can be used whenever required. People can even take electrotherapy more than once in a day. There is no waiting time.
We all are aware about the toxic chemicals present in the painkillers. These chemicals make people addictive. However, there are no such toxic elements involved in electrotherapy. The therapy is drug-free, non-toxic and natural method. It is a convenient pain relieving method for anyone who wants to get better without painkillers.