Electrical Stimulation – An Alternative Physical Therapy Treatment Available in Freehold, NJ
Electrical stimulation is a passive treatment that can be used to relieve pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms. The physical therapists at Advanced Physical Therapy in Freehold, NJ, may also recommend electrotherapy to help a patient maintain muscle tone and strength that would otherwise be lost due to inactivity as an injury heals. For instance, electrical stimulation can be beneficial for treating conditions such as osteoarthritis, sprains, back pain, and sciatica (although it is not appropriate for pregnant women or individuals who have a pacemaker implanted).
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) is a commonly used type of electric stimulation that mimics the natural way in which the body exercises its muscles. A practitioner attaches electrodes to the skin, which deliver electrical impulses that cause the underlying muscles to contract. This treatment can ease spasms, improve circulation, increase muscle strength, and enhance range of motion.
Other types of electrical stimulation include:
- Transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation (TENS) – A low-voltage electrical current is generated from a portable, battery-powered device. The device has two electrodes that can be attached to the skin in a painful area. TENS creates a circuit of electrical impulses that travel along nerve fibers and sends signals to the brain that block or “scramble” normal pain signals.
- Interferential current (IFC) – Four electrodes are applied to the skin in a crisscross pattern. Electrical currents run between the electrodes and “interfere” with each other, allowing a physical therapist to administer a high intensity current that is comfortable for the patient.
When recommending electrical stimulation, the physical therapists at Advanced Physical Therapy in Freehold, NJ, seek to improve a patient’s quality of life after traditional treatments do not provide meaningful relief. With that said, electrotherapy is not intended to be used as a standalone treatment, but rather as a complement to a more comprehensive physical therapy program.
For further information, contact Advanced Physical Therapy of Freehold to request an appointment at our treatment center in Freehold, NJ. In the state of New Jersey, you do not need to obtain a physician’s referral in order to seek treatment from a physical therapist.