Electrotherapy is used to stimulate healing by applying electrical charges to affected areas of the body. Individuals who experience problems with circulation, pain, tension and stress may benefit from the effects of this therapy. Electrotherapy devices are designed to apply varying intensities of electrical heat to body tissue mass.
The electrical stimulation provided by electrotherapy uses energy waves that fall within a specific range of the electromagnetic spectrum. The effects of these waves impact physiological and chemical processes within the body. These waves work to stimulate cellular processes, muscular tissue and circulation within targeted areas of the body. When used as a pain treatment, electrical stimulation may block the nerve signals that produce pain, as well as promote the release of endorphins in the body.
Achilles Medical Center uses Ultrasound to stimulate tissue healing, reduce swelling and pain, and restore normal muscle function
Ultrasound treatments are used in the management of soft tissue injuries. Sound energy causes molecular vibration; this mechanical energy turns into heat energy.
Ultrasound is used to treat tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, joint capsules and bone
Effects of Ultrasound may include:
Increased circulation and metabolism
Breaking up and softening scar tissue, preventing development of adhesions
Reducing inflammation or swelling
Diminishing and relaxing muscle spasm
Relieving acute and chronic pain
Enhancement of the natural healing processes