The human body is able to function because of its ability to communicate with the brain. Without good communication, the body begins to falter and disease results.
While good communication between the body is the brain is necessary for health, there are times when the constant transfer of pain signals from a point of injury to the brain results in stresses which cause disease of its own.
Electrotherapy stimulates the nerves and muscles surrounding an injury. The result of that stimulation is the release of what are commonly called endorphins. Endorphins are naturally-occurring pain killers that block pain pulses from reaching the brain.
Common forms of electrotherapy:
Common Use: Soft tissue injuries, especially muscles for the blocking of pain.Method: Reduces muscle spasms and soft tissue swelling
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
Common Use: Chronic neck and back pain
Method: Worn in a belt, introduces electrical pulses at point of pain (available for home use)
Common Use: Soft tissue injuries, aides in relief of pain and the promotion of soft tissue healing
Method: Applies high-frequency impulses to deep soft tissue
Used in conjunction with ice and heat therapy, electrotherapy is a pain management tool that is used during Chiropractic treatment to provide immediate pain relief and speed healing while gentle spinal manipulation is used to remove the cause of the pain.