Part of the body’s makeup includes an electrical energy that is guided by ion flow. If this flow is disrupted, the body reacts with pain. In the mid twentieth century, clinicians began using Interferential Current (IFC) to treat both chronic and acute pain. It has proven effective for conditions like muscle spasms, edema, inflammation, and muscle tone.
Our clinic uses two different types of IFC units: Intelect Legend Stim and EMS Interferential 955. Our physiotherapist will select the correct frequency to apply for your specific condition.
We also use laser therapies. Laser is a light that stimulates the musculoskeletal system in a positive response. We currently have two laser appliances: Handylaser 50Sx (50mW, 820nm) and Ultra Lax 800-4 (400mW, 810nm).
Using this low-level laser treatment, we have found success in treatments including:
- Pain relief
- Relaxed muscles
- Soft tissue and joint healing
- Reduction of scar tissue
- Circulation and revascularization
Another option is neuromuscular electrical stimulation. That is the careful and monitored use of electrical current to stimulate specific muscles into contractions. It has proven effective to increase strength and endurance, and to help with spasms as well as motor control. We have two units each of Fast Start II and Focus.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (T.E.N.S.) is used to treat both acute and chronic pain by passing a weak electrical current through the surface of the skin.
There are two theories of how it works. The first is the Gate Control Theory by Melzak and Wall in 1965 that there is an area of the brain that perceives pain. Since the brain can only focus on one sensation at a time, the TENS unit over-stimulates the non-pain sensations to close the “gate” on the painful ones.
The other theory comes from the 1970s when studies on the release of endorphins and enkephalins and how they affect pain perception. The low-level current is thought to release these chemicals and the pain is suppressed.
Our facility has Codetron Comfort-Tens, and two units of Fast Start II.