Electrophysical Therapy

What is Electrophysical therapy?

Electrophysical therapy represents the administration of thermal, mechanical, electromagnetic and light energies for a specific therapeutic effect. Electrophysical therapies have been popular pain-relieving modalities for many years due to their broad applicable use without the unpleasant side effects of some oral anti-inflammatory medications and pain killers. These therapies are often used as a complementary treatment to manual therapy e.g. mobilisation or manipulation and exercises therapy.

What are the benefits of electrophysical therapy?

The benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Decreases in pain
  • Increases in range of motion
  • Improvements in tissue healing
  • Improvements in muscle activation and re-education
  • Prevention or slowing tissue atrophy due to disuse

What are some common types of electrophysical therapy?

The more common types of electrophysical therapy used in the clinical setting are:

  • Ultrasound Therapy
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (PENS) AKA. Electro-dry needling
  • Interferential Therapy
  • Laser Therapy
  • Shockwave Therapy

When is it wise NOT to have electrotherapy?

  • Skin lesions
  • Skin sensitivities
  • Over impaired skin sensation
  • Arterial Thrombosis
  • Pacemakers
  • Cancer diagnosis
  • Pregnancy

If your treating practitioner believes that Electrophysical therapies are suitable for your case then it will typically be utilised with a combination of other techniques like mobilisations and exercises to optimise your recovery.