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Reading the title, don’t try to give your joints an electric shock. It is obvious to get confused about how can electricity help relieve joint pain, but it is true. Tiny electrical impulses can solve huge joint issues, naturally and permanently, let’s understand how?
People living with arthritis have by now experimented with all types of treatment for joint pain relief. Solutions that are applied onto the skin, taken orally, injected, therapies, massages, and what not? All of them work almost in a similar way. They bring joint pain relief only for a shorter period of time. What about long-term relief then? There comes electrotherapy, a treatment modality used in physiotherapy, that assist in pain reduction and amplifies the body’s natural healing process.
How electrical stimulation helps in pain reduction?
Medical science has designed a range of electrotherapy machines that can be used by any individual as joint pain treatment at home. Such electronic devices generate a weak electrical current that passes through the skin noninvasively. The pulsed electrical stimulation then treats the underlying cause of pain by stimulating the joint tissue, and improving the blood flow, blocking the pain signals from reaching the brain.
Benefits of electrotherapy
● Targeted pain relief
● Drugfree and no side effects
● Treats multiple painful conditions
● Relaxes and re-educates muscles
● Improves blood circulation and flow
● Preserve and improve range of motion
● Management and reduction of pain (chronic, post-traumatic, and post-surgical acute)
● Enhances the body’s natural healing process
Types of electrotherapy treatment modalities
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation):
TENS therapy is a method of electrical stimulation that involves the use of mild electric currents to treat pain. It comes in a small battery-operated device along with sticky electrode patches that transmit the low-voltage electric impulses along nerve strands and skin’s surface of the targeted area. The electrical impulses then work on the pain signals and block them from reaching the brain and the spinal cord, thus reducing the pain and relaxing the stiff muscles. They also trigger the release of natural painkillers (endorphins) in the brain, thus promoting faster healing of the affected area.
Therapeutic Ultrasound Therapy:
Ultrasound therapy is a deep heating treatment. It is one of the oldest and widely used treatment modality that is known to treat acute to very chronic pains and discomforts that include swelling, inflammation, sports injuries, muscle cramps, any condition of joints and ligaments, issues such as tendonitis, arthritis, etc. The probe or the transducer of the ultrasound machine when vibrate, produce ultrasonic sound waves which are transmitted deep into the skin, providing the profound heating effect to soft tissues including muscles, tendons, joints, and ligaments in the body, which thereby reduces the pain and inflammation of the affected area to almost zero.
EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation):
A treatment modality entirely dedicated to muscle recovery, EMS works on weak muscles and improves their performance by increasing the blood circulation around them. EMS machine electrically stimulates the inactive muscles, enhances power, increases endurance, reduces soreness, rebuild damages muscles, and even prevents muscle atrophy.
IFT (Interferential Therapy):
IFT physiotherapy is nothing but an advanced form of TENS therapy. It is deeper and more intense hence can treat chronic painful conditions permanently. The two separate electrical frequencies of IFT crossover and produce high-frequency interference current which when transmitted into the body, stimulates the secretion of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers and accelerate the self-healing process, thus enabling our body to get back to a healthy and pain-free state.
As you can see, each electrotherapy treatment modalities works in its way naturally to treat painful conditions of the human body. Thanks to UltraCare PRO, all these treatment modalities are made available to people in the form of lightweight and portable electrotherapy machines called US 111 – Portable ultrasound therapy, SONICTENS – Combination of ultrasound and TENS therapy and Combo3 Plus – TENS, EMS & IFT Multi Stimulator, which guarantees to treat joint pain at home, easily, quickly and safely.