What is electrotherapy?
Electrotherapy is used for a wide range of treatments to reduce pain, strengthen muscles, promote bone growth and repair tissues. All of these treatments would be geared toward perfect physical function. There are many types of electrotherapy treatments that are available. They would be used to treat different types of pain. They would have different wavelengths and frequencies.
Electrotherapy is usually prescribed along with other treatment methods, not usually by itself. It can be used as a method for people who are undergoing very painful physical therapy to alleviate some of the pain that they feel while in therapy. This would enable a patient to concentrate and participate more actively in the therapeutic exercises instead of focusing on the pain involved.
How electrotherapy eases pain
Pain is felt when a damaged nerve sends a signal to the brain. Electrotherapy works by sending its electrical signals to block out or reduce the pain you feel. It does this by blocking the transmission of the pain signals, and prevent them from reaching the brain. This treatment method has been used since ancient times (although of course, the way they used to administer the treatment used to be a lot different), and has been used up to this day to treat diseases like migraine headaches, diabetic nerve pain, pain in wound healing and bone growth.
Are there any side effects of electrotherapy?
Rashes. The most common side effect would be the skin irritation or rash that would appear because of the adhesives that would need to be applied for the electrodes used in the treatment method. The rashes would not be directly caused by the electrotherapy itself.
Feeling of burning. If electrotherapy is overused, there is a chance that the patient will feel a burning sensation. The specific directions for use must be followed to avoid this.
Bruising, bleeding and infection. If the treatment is used over a malignancy or an area that has broken skin, there is a risk of infection if the electrotherapy can penetrate the skin.
Unwanted side effects for people with pacemakers and pregnant women. People who have pacemakers and pregnant women are generally advised to stay away from electrotherapy. Cardiac arrhythmia can be caused if an electrotherapy pad is placed right above the heart. It could also lead to damage to the fetus in pregnant women. It is just safer for these people to not use electrotherapy treatment at all.
If you are considering electrotherapy pain relief, it would be a good idea to ask your doctor about it. Your doctor will be able to answer any questions you might have concerning any side effects involved, and they will be able to tell you if this treatment method is right for you. Since there would be some side effects involved, it would be best if you consult a doctor and look into all the possible risks that accompany this treatment method.