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Interferential Therapy is a commonly used electrical modality that helps to increase range of motion, reduce muscle spasms and hypertonicity, decrease edema and decrease pain.
Interferential Therapy has been in use for many years, and its effectiveness is well documented. Studies have shown that patients using Interferential Therapy for muscle and joint problems have better relief than those relying solely on NSAIDS or narcotics for pain. Interferential therapy, in conjunction with chiropractic care, will typically speed the patient’s recovery and allow earlier resumption of their normal lifestyle.
Are Interferential devices safe?
YES. Although the thought of electrical impulses being sent into the body may seem frightening at first, all you really feel is a slight vibrating sensation. Unlike many drugs, Interferential devices have no known side effects.
Who cannot use an Interferential device?
Individuals with a pacemaker or patients who are pregnant should not use an Interferential device. Ask Drs. Morreale and Didomenico if Interferential therapy can help you!
How do we use the Interferential device?
Your chiropractic assistant will place two sterile adhesive strips on your skin on each side of your problem area and will connect these to your Interferential machine. Depending on your condition, a certain setting will be applied which provides muscle relaxing, pain-relieving and edema-reducing stimulation.
Will an Interferential device work for me?
Interferential Therapy has been used extensively for managing acute and chronic pain, edema/inflammation reduction and reduction of muscle spasms. It has been used successfully for a wide variety of procedures such as:
- Muscle Spasms
- Disc Bulges and Herniations
- Numbness and Tingling
Electrical Muscle Stimulation
An electric muscle stimulator, or EMS, is a device that causes the muscles of the body to contract using electrical impulses. These impulses travel through the wires to the electrodes and pads that attach to the body.
The muscle stimulation causes the muscles to contract reducing spasm or tightness to the muscle. In addition to loosening a tight muscle, EMS is used as a tool to strengthen weakened or atrophied muscles.
Muscle stimulation offers a number of different benefits and has a wide range of uses today. The following are some of the most common uses for the devices:
- Strength Training Tool: Many athletes who are healthy and who are getting into shape use these devices for strength training. The stimulation device has the potential to increase strength, density, and size of muscles by causing them to contract as though they were lifting weights. When used to supplement a regular weight training routine, many people claim to have great results.
- Rehabilitation Tool: Those who have been in an accident or who have otherwise suffered a musculoskeletal injury find that these devices are highly beneficial in helping with their rehabilitation. They can increase their strength through EMS, as well as other doctor prescribed therapy.
- Recovery Tool: After a hard workout, many are starting to use the electric muscle stimulator in order to help them recover more quickly. The stimulation helps the blood flow and to remove lactic acid from the muscles, so users can heal faster.
- Preventative Tool: Others are using the tool to help strengthen their muscles as a preventative measure and to ensure there is no atrophy. This is helpful for patients who have limited or no mobility. Therapists will often use the EMS with paraplegics and quadriplegics to stimulate muscle to prevent atrophy.