Electrotherapy and Ultrasound


Our Chartered Physiotherapists may use electrotherapy (e.g Ultrasound, Interferential Therapy, TENS) as part of your Physiotherapy session to treat disorders relating to the muscles, ligaments and/or bone and to reduce inflammation. Moist Heat Treatment (hot packs) may also be used to reduce muscle soreness and relieve stiffness.
 
Ultrasound involves using high frequency sound waves to treat musculoskeletal injuries. Ultrasound stimulates blood circulation and cell activity, accelerating the healing process and providing pain relief by reducing inflammation. It also provides micro-massage to tissues which aids in breaking down scar tissue and helps to correctly re-align tissue fibers. Conditions with adhesions (scar tissue), pain, muscle spasm and nerve injuries can all be successfully treated with ultrasound.
 
Interferential Therapy uses a medium frequency current to reduce pain, muscle spasm, inflammation and to hasten the natural healing process. It involves the placement of damp sponges on the body which deliver a mild current similar to the sensation of pins and needles.
 
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) produces pain relief by blocking pain messages to the brain. The electrodes produce a vibrating sensation in the tissues which effectively masks the pain and allows the patient to carry on with everyday life. The units are mobile and small and can be a very effective alternative to painkillers. TENS is commonly used in chronic pain (eg arthritis, low back pain, labour pain and phantom pain). Our Chartered Physiotherapists can advise you whether TENS is appropriate or not and can help you with rental or purchase of a TENS machine.
 
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