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Electrical stimulation is a physical therapy modality that most frequently is used as a method to decrease pain or muscle spasms and best practiced by a licensed physical therapist. This is more commonly used if you have an injury or illness that is causing pain or limiting your mobility.
We have both muscle and nervous tissue that can respond to both internal and external stimuli. By applying the electrical stimulation to the affected muscles, it performs an external stimulation that produces a contraction that promotes strengthening and functional training. This method also stimulates specific nerve fibers which then disrupts or decreases the feeling of pain.
This method of therapy should be used in conjunction with your physical therapy program and used only to enhance your progress. Also, not everyone can use this form of therapy as there are limitations. It is not safe for people with deep vein thrombosis, people who are pregnant, people with pacemakers, and people with impared cognition. It is also not safe to use on certain areas of the body such as anterior neck, eyes, or areas of damaged skin.
At OPTherapy & Wellness manual therapy is a vital part of our practice. Our “hands on” physical therapy is focused to provide you with one on one sessions using skilled techniques that are tailored to your individual needs. This can include techniques to help reduce pain, decrease soft tissue inflammation, increase joint mobility, relax muscles, and facilitate movement to improve function to name a few.
Manual therapy is based on a careful assessment of the patients range of motion, movement patterns, and medical history. Depending on the patients progress, the treatment may be altered to correspond to the response of the treatment being provided. This has been shown most effective when combined with specific exercises to restore function.