Please Note: Whilst we have included this page on Electrotherapy in the section for Chiropractic; both the chiropractor and the massage therapist are trained in the use of electrotherapy

The principal forms of home-use electrotherapy* are Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), NeuroMuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES), and InterFerential Therapy (IFT).

Laser Therapy To Aid HealingTENS machines are available from ourselves and most pharmacists, and is used for pain relief.
NMES machines are available from various online suppliers, or from ourselves on demand, and are used to assist build muscle tone.
IFT machines are generally more expensive and more complex, but can be purchased on demand.
* There are, of course, further forms that can be used in the clinic.


How It Works:

TENS For Pain ReliefBasically these three therapies all pass electrical energy through your body between self-adhesive electrodes (don't worry, very little energy). This energy stimulates the nerves locally to "fire", and carry their normal message to wherever they would normally take it.

Different frequencies of electrical energy, and different patterns of energy "pulse" encourage different nerve types to fire.

TENS causes sensory nerves to fire, which alters your perception of pain, by overloading the sensory pathways.

NMES causes motor nerves to fire, causing a small muscular twitch, which helps to exercise that muscle; with all the attendant benefits of exercise. This twitch can specifically help strengthen muscles directly inhibited by altered nerve function or pain.

NMES To Help Build Muscle StrengthIFT is a current that can mimic both TENS and NMES, but is at a much higher frequency, allowing it to pass through the skin more effectively, improving patient comfort. As a mimic; it is likely not as effective is actual TENS or actual NMES

Possible side-effects include electrical burn, but only if the electrodes are towards end of useable life or peel part way off.

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