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  Electrotherapies and Ultrasound



At Cornwall Spine Care Plus+ we offer the following conjunctive therapies:

Interferential Current (IFC)

Interferential current uses a mid-frequency electrical signal to treat muscular spasms and strains. The current produces a massaging effect over the affected area at periodic intervals, and this stimulates the secretion of endorphins, the body's natural pain relievers, thus relaxing strained muscles and promoting soft tissue healing. Interferential current as been clinically found to help relieve pain, increase local blood flow (promotes healing naturally) and reduce edema.

Microcurrent

Microcurrent is a device used to send weak electrical signals into an injured muscle or tendon, via small electrode. The therapy has been shown to speed the healing process, reduce inflammation and swelling, mask acute and chronic pain and improve soft tissue regeneration.

Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)

An NMES system produces an electrical stimulus that, when properly applied, activates specific muscles or muscle groups. The stimulator produces a mild electrical current that is transmitted through the skin to the motor end plates causing nerve depolarization and subsequent activation of muscle fibres. The system helps to re-educate muscles fibres after injury, promote proper neuro-muscular signal conduction and strengthen targeted muscles.

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a therapeutic modality that has been used by physical therapists since the 1940s. Ultrasound is applied using a round-headed wand or probe that is put in direct contact with the patient's skin. The waves are generated by a piezoelectric effect caused by the vibration of crystals within the head of the wand/probe. It has been shown to cause increases in tissue relaxation, local blood flow, and scar tissue breakdown.



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