Does electrical stimulation therapy work?
Generally speaking, e-stim is most effective at working weakened or atrophied muscles and healing muscles after an injury or surgery. As a pain reliever, e-stim (especially TENS therapy) can be effective in treating many conditions, though typically as part of a broader pain-management program.
What are the benefits of electro therapy?
Electrotherapy includes a range of treatments using electricity to reduce pain, improve circulation, repair tissues, strengthen muscles, and promote bone growth, leading to improvements in physical functioning.
What are electrotherapy treatments?
Electrotherapy is the application of an electric current to the affected area of the body to accelerate healing and reduce swelling and pain. Electrotherapy is used by our experienced physiotherapists at Physio.co.uk to treat a variety of conditions.
How long can you use electrotherapy?
You can safely use a TENS machine as often as you like. Usually for 30-60 minutes up to 4 times daily. TENS can provide relief for up to four hours.
What does electrotherapy do to the brain?
It may promote changes in how brain cells communicate with each other at synapses and it may stimulate the development of new brain cells. ECT may flood the brain with neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, which are known to be involved in conditions like depression and schizophrenia.
Can electrotherapy cause nerve damage?
In addition, although short-term electrical stimulation is not damaging to nervous tissue, chronic electrical stimulation can damage nerve structure. After the ultrastructure of neurons is altered, neuronal function may be disturbed.
What equipment is used for electrotherapy?
These are some of the most commonly used kinds of electrotherapy: Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) Percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS) Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS)
What is electric medicine?
MeSH. D004599. Electrotherapy is the use of electrical energy as a medical treatment. In medicine, the term electrotherapy can apply to a variety of treatments, including the use of electrical devices such as deep brain stimulators for neurological disease.
What injuries is electrotherapy used for?
A powerful tool used by many physiotherapists, electrotherapy treats chronic pain, musculoskeletal injuries, muscle wasting, and nerve pain by using targeted and controlled electrical stimulation.
Is electrotherapy good for arthritis?
Electrotherapy has been shown to relieve osteoarthritis (OA) pain and reduce the need for pain medications. It also reduces intensity of the pain. Electrotherapy treats and heals arthritis damage by rebuilding and repairing joint cartilage. It is used to strengthen the muscles that support weakened joints.
Is electric muscle stimulation safe?
Yes. FDA has received reports of shocks, burns, bruising, skin irritation, and pain associated with the use of some of these devices. There have been a few recent reports of interference with implanted devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators. Some injuries required hospital treatment.
Can you sleep with a TENS unit on?
Do not use a TENS unit with heating pads or cold packs. Do not use TENS while sleeping.
Where should TENS pads not be placed?
Never place the pads over:
- the front or sides of your neck.
- your temples.
- your mouth or eyes.
- your chest and upper back at the same time.
- irritated, infected or broken skin.
- varicose veins.
- numb areas.