Electrotherapy and Laser Treatments
Electrotherapy is used for relaxation of muscle spasms, increase of local blood circulation, muscle rehabilitation and electrical muscle stimulation, maintaining and increasing range of motion, management of chronic and intractable pain, post-traumatic acute pain, post surgical acute pain, immediate post-surgical stimulation of muscles to prevent venous thrombosis, wound healing and drug delivery.
1. Pain management:
• Improves range of joint movement
2. Treatment of neuromuscular dysfunction:
• Improvement of strength
• Improvement of motor control
• Improvement of local blood flow
3. Improves range of joint mobility :
• Induces repeated stretching of contracted, shortened soft tissues
4. Tissue repair :
• Enhances microcirculation and protein synthesis to heal wounds
• Restores integrity of connective and dermal tissues
5. Acute and chronic edema :
• Accelerates absorption rate
• Affects blood vessel permeability
• Increases mobility of proteins, blood cells and lymphatic flow
6. Peripheral blood flow :
• Induces arterial, venous and lymphatic flow
7. Iontophoresis :
• Delivery of pharmacological agents Electrotherapeutic equipments used for the treatment are Ultrasound,TENS/EMS.
What is laser therapy?
L.A.S.E.R stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Laser Therapy involves applying low intensity laser light to relieve pain following damage to soft tissue. Laser therapy facilitates tissue repair and restores normal cell function.
Low level therapy involves using an infra-red spectrum which penetrates the skin and stimulates the cells within muscles, tendons or ligaments, promoting healing.
The method of application will depend on your presenting condition. A treatment head or probe is usually applied directly to the tissue being treated. The amount of energy exposed to the tissue is controlled by the physiotherapist.
What is Ultrasound used for in Physical Therapy?
Ultrasound is an effective way to treat swelling of muscles, joints, and ligaments.
Ultrasound can be used to treat a wide range of health problems. But, it's most commonly used to solve problems in muscle tissue. The heating effect of the ultrasound helps to heal muscle pain and reduces chronic inflammation.
Ultrasound also helps tissue fluids flow better — which means that more lymph passes through the tissues. Lymph is an important fluid that transports white blood cells throughout the body. So, in this way, ultrasound helps your damaged cells fight infections and heal faster.