MET, Interferential Current Therapy, Ultrasound, and HVPC treatments
Electric therapies target muscle and nerve pain with low voltage electrical pulses to stimulate the surrounding tissue and alleviate symptoms. If you’re living with chronic pain or nerve damage, consult with our office to see if electric therapy is right for you!
Electric Current Therapies
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MET providers in Fort Worth, TX
About Microcurrent Electrical Therapy (MET)
MET is an electromedical intervention indicated for the treatment of pain. MET is a highly effective treatment for a variety of pain problems, including:
- Any nerve, muscle or articular pain
- Decubital ulcers and fractures
- Periodontal, orthodontic and post surgical pain
- Sprains, strains, and spasms
- Post-operative pain and scars
Our bodies have a natural electrical current that helps cells to communicate. When there is injury or disease, the electrical currents are disrupted. Without these currents, the cells cannot function properly. When cells are not functioning and communicating properly, it slows down the healing process.
Microcurrent therapy restores the electromagnetic field within your body so that the cells are back up to normal function. This speeds up healing. Microcurrent therapy has been shown to decrease pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms. It may also help with range of motion.
Patients who suffer from chronic pain and soft tissue injuries can benefit from microcurrent therapy.
Although it is frequently used for back and neck pain, microcurrent therapy is excellent for treating many other physical conditions, both acute and chronic. Alpha-Stim helps you fight both the sleepless nights and the overwhelming sadness that can make it hard to get out of bed in the morning. It relieves both pain and the constant burden of stress.
Electrodes are positioned on the skin over the affected tissue, similar to electrical stimulation therapy. By definition, microcurrent devices stimulate the affected tissue with less than 1mA of electrical current, most commonly delivered with hand-held probes or self-adhesive electrodes that bracket the treated area.
Since the microcurrents are much smaller than those used in electrical muscle stimulation, you won’t feel anything while receiving treatment.
The Alpha-Stim electrotherapy device is proven effective and safe for pain management and treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and depression. It has no lasting side effects, no risk of addiction, and no danger of interaction with medications. Results are long lasting and often immediate. The course of treatment typically entails a number of sessions, and it is frequently combined with another type of chiropractic therapy. Contact us right away if you’re interested in learning more about microcurrent therapy.
Interferential Current Therapy in Fort Worth, TX
About Interferential Current Therapy
Interferential current therapy is the most common type of EMS used in physiotherapy and rehab clinics. It effectively provides pain relief and promotes healing for injured muscles. If you’re wondering how interferential current therapy can help as you work towards recovery, read through our FAQ. We’ve put together some basic information on how interferential current therapy works, the advantages of implementing this type of electric therapy, and the conditions which it can treat.
Interferential current therapy is the most common type of electrical muscle stimulation used to treat chronic pain resulting from surgery, injury or trauma. The end goal for using interferential current therapy as part of a physical therapy or rehab program is to relieve pain and help patients heal faster.
This non-invasive, drug-free therapy has minimal side effects. By utilizing higher frequency energy than other forms of EMS, this electric therapy goes past the surface of the skin. It penetrates deep into the body to target the source of pain, without causing discomfort.
Interferential current therapy works by sending small amounts of electrical stimulation to damaged tissues in the body. The therapy is meant to boost the body’s natural process for responding to pain, increase blood flow and the production of hormones that promote healing.
We deliver stimulation through two different frequencies, one of about 4000Hz and the other varies up to 400Hz. When the two currents cross, the difference in frequency creates interference, which is where the name for the therapy originates. The exact frequencies, and resulting interferential frequency, can be controlled by the physical therapists during the session.
The interferential current is able to travel deep into the muscle tissue or nerves for targeted treatment. This combination effect is also what makes interferential current therapy a strong form of therapy without some of the uncomfortable sensations associated with low-frequency stimulation.
This type of therapy is often used to treat muscle strains, spasms, sports injuries, joint damage, and edema. This therapy can provide relief from and chronic pain caused by arthritis, surgery, muscle damage, or an injury, and from symptoms like inflammation and swelling. Interferential current therapy is often used in combination with chiropractic care and physiotherapy as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for these conditions.
Treatment targets areas of the body to help alleviate soreness, promote healing and a quick recovery. Stimulation can be delivered deep into the tissue in localized areas including:
- Shoulder, and
In some cases, interferential current therapy is incorporated as part of a patient’s pain management program.
This type of stimulation releases endorphins to promote recovery while increasing blood circulation to the area to support the body’s natural healing process. Interferential current therapy helps decrease swelling and inflammation and reduce or eliminate pain. It can also increase joint mobility and range of motion.
Though it may sound like a complicated or uncomfortable treatment, Interferential current therapy is safe and painless. In fact, most patients say that they feel less discomfort and side effects with interferential current therapy than with other types of electrical stimulation. Most describe the experience as a tingling or ‘pins and needles’ sensation on the skin.
Interferential current therapy usually requires sessions with a duration of about 9 to 15 minutes. During this time, we will attach four electrode pads to the area which will be treated. Wires connect the pads to the current intensity regulator device which delivers the frequencies required.
HVPC Therapy in Fort Worth, TX
About High Voltage Pulsed-Current Therapy (HVPC)
High voltage electrical stimulation is a type of electrical stimulation that your physical therapist may use to help decrease your pain or improve circulation. It is also occasionally used to help with wound healing. In some circumstances, applying controlled pulses of high voltage stimulation can change the type of cells near your wound, and this can speed healing.
Due to the nature of High Volt Therapy, it has become a popular choice for treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Diabetic foot as well as a number of other conditions. By combining a very short duration with a therapeutic voltage greater than 100 volts, the treatment can effectively excite sensory, motor and pain-conducting nerve fibers to promote proper function.
Ultrasound therapy is an innovative new treatment that is completely non-invasive and drug-free, making it a popular choice among patients who are looking for a more natural way to alleviate the symptoms that they are experiencing.
Ultrasound therapy in Fort Worth, TX
About Ultrasound Therapy
Most people know of ultrasound as a way to diagnose and monitor pregnancy. However, it has many other applications including healing and regeneration.
Ultrasound therapy in chiropractic care is used to stimulate blood flow, which in turn helps to decrease inflammation, increase tissue relaxation, and break down any internal scar tissue so that patients can enjoy greater mobility. This process also speeds up the rate of healing of any musculoskeletal injuries that the patient may have and may even promote bone fracture healing.
One of the main ways in which ultrasound therapy helps is that it helps to reduce the patient’s discomfort in a completely natural way. This is done through the increased blood flow which stimulates the release of endorphins, whilst the reduction in inflammation also helps to counteract pain.
Once you are comfortable, your chiropractor will apply a special conductive gel to the handheld device which will then be placed onto the target area. This gel helps the soundwaves to be conducted more effectively. As they pass into the skin, the waves will cause vibrations and you may experience some slight warmth and tingling, but this shouldn’t be painful. As the sound waves hit the deeper tissues of your body, they stimulate cell membranes which creates the therapeutic response.
Ultrasound therapy has been found to be successful in the treatment of a variety of a number of different conditions. These include, but are not limited to:
Osteoarthritis: This condition is characterized by the degeneration of the joints and occurs when the protective cartilage that covers and protects the ends of the bones wears down over time.
Myofascial pain: This condition affects the connective tissue that covers the muscles and is extremely painful.
Bursitis: This painful condition that affects the small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion the bones, tendons, and muscles near your joints.
Carpal tunnel syndrome: This is a very common condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the fingers, hands, wrists, and lower arms. It occurs when there is pressure placed onto the median nerve which is the pain nerve that travels down the arms into the hands.
Strains and sprains: These are extremely common injuries that can occur as a result of repetitive use of a joint, or due to a slip, trip, or fall.
If you would like to find out more about ultrasound therapy, including whether or not it may be a useful treatment for your condition, please contact our office where our knowledgeable team would be happy to help.
Electric therapies are proven effective for treating a wide variety of pain and nerve issues by stimulating your body’s natural healing responses. Contact our team today to discuss whether electric therapy can help you find relief!