electrotherapy SW Airdrie

Electrotherapy Could Ease Your Daily Discomfort

Are you looking for pain relief? Electrotherapy might be your saving grace!

Have you been suffering from chronic pain as a result of an injury or illness? If this is the case, electrotherapy may be the solution to your pain issues.

Electrotherapy is a pain relief and rehabilitation therapy option that is both safe and effective. While it may appear intimidating at first, it is a very effective way of pain management that many professional physiotherapists utilize on a daily basis!

If you’d like to learn more, please click here to make an appointment at our (local) physiotherapy clinic now!

What can I expect with electrotherapy treatments?

Electrotherapy is a typical pain management therapy prescribed by physiotherapists.

This modality can provide an intrinsic and completely natural analgesic effect by stimulating certain sensory nerve fibers (such as A-beta, A-delta, and C fibers), which lower pain sensitivity and release neurotransmitters that prolong pain relief.

Electrotherapy has a variety of other benefits, including:

  • Provide neuromuscular re-education
  • Decrease swelling
    Increase local circulation
  • Provide biofeedback (aka improve body awareness)
  • Reduce, eliminate, and/or control pain (both acute and chronic)
  • Prevent or reverse muscle atrophy (especially after prolonged immobilization, such as a limb being cast as a fracture heals)
  • Reduce muscle spasm
    Improve motor coordination
    Improve range of motion

Electrotherapy is also safe to use on all parts of the body, including the anterior neck, eyes, or areas with damaged skin or reduced sensation.

Electrotherapy will likely not be recommended for people with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), those who are pregnant, those with pacemakers, and those with impaired comprehension.

Some of the most common conditions treated include:

  • Neurological conditions, such as a stroke
  • Ligament sprains
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Acute sports-related or auto accident-related injuries
  • Muscle strains


Is electrotherapy painful?


Absolutely not! When used for muscular enhancement, electrotherapy might be a little unpleasant at times, but it should never cause pain. Electrotherapy encompasses a wide range of methods for stimulating the nerves.

A physiotherapist may simply change the frequency of electrical muscle stimulation or sensory nerve stimulation to each patient’s tolerance.

You will be asked to sit or lie in a comfortable posture throughout an electrotherapy operation. Our physiotherapist will clean and prepare your skin in the target treatment region before guiding you through the full procedure step by step.

Self-adhesive electrodes are put on the body around the targeted treatment region in a typical electrotherapy session.

The electrodes are then linked to a device through wire connections, allowing electricity to travel through and eventually communicate with sensory and/or motor neurons.

Among the different modes are transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), interruption, pre-modulated, Russian, and symmetrical or asymmetrical bi-phasic.

Each of these modes has its own current, and the current you receive will be determined by the shape and strength of your condition.

Mild pain, such as a “tingly,” “prickly,” or “pins and needles” sensation, is experienced by some individuals.

Could I benefit from this treatment?

Our Airdrie physiotherapy practice’s ultimate purpose is your comfort, safety, and integrity.

If your physiotherapist believes that electrotherapy would help you, he or she will explain it thoroughly and include it into your therapy plan.

Our physiotherapist will complete a physical examination at your initial consultation, in addition to asking questions about your present condition and medical history.

Based on your specific needs, one of our qualified Airdrie physiotherapists will create a personalized treatment plan for you that may include electrotherapy therapy.

Discover the benefits of electrotherapy today

If you are interested in learning more about electrotherapy, or if you think it might benefit you, please click here to request an appointment. Our Airdrie physiotherapists can get you started on the path to pain relief and recovery!

Your Next Steps…

  1. Request An Appointment

  2. Receive A Custom Treatment Plan

  3. Work Hard and Progress In Your Recovery

  4. Recover & Enjoy Life Pain-Free!