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Electrotherapy

  • Electrotherapy

    On some occasions, your Osteopath may feel that interferential or ultrasound therapy may be indicated, as part of your course of treatment. Not all cases require these approaches and they are rarely used in isolation but more as part of your treatment.

    On some occasions, your Osteopath may feel that interferential or ultrasound therapy may be indicated, as part of your course of treatment. Not all cases require these approaches and they are rarely used in isolation but more as part of your treatment.

    Interferential treatment

    The modality utilises two electrical currents, which cross and create a pulse that aids pain relief. The frequency of the pulse helps penetrate deeper tissues.

    Ultrasound

    The modality uses sound waves generated through a transducer head to penetrate soft tissues in order to facilitate treatment. It may also help to reduce pain and aid tissue repair.

    Do I have to have any electrotherapy as part of my course of treatment?

    During your consultation, the Osteopath will discuss the modalities that may be suitable for you, and those that may be beneficial for your problem, however, here at On the hill, we believe in listening to how patients feel. If the idea of any of the modalities discussed worry you in anyway, we can find another form of therapy instead.

    Does interferential therapy hurt?

    Interferential therapy provides a comfortable, soothing stimulation and should never be strong enough to cause any discomfort to the patient. Higher intensities are not considered "better" as far as obtaining results.

    Does ultrasound hurt?

    Some people feel a mild pulsing, while others may feel slight warmth in the skin, however, most feel nothing at all, apart from the cold gel on your skin. If the area being treated is sensitive, you could feel some mild discomfort as the pressure of the head of the device passes over the area. Ultrasound therapy, however, should not be painful.