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Electrotherapy

Electrotherapy is sometimes used as part of a treatment programme.

Ultrasound is a common non-invasive therapy used to treat back and neck pain, tendon and ligament injury, muscle spasms, joint problems and other spine related conditions.

The therapist applies gel to the patient's skin to create a friction free surface and the ultrasound probe is gently swirled over the area. Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to deliver heat deep into tissues (e.g. muscles). This therapy promotes circulation and healing, relaxes muscle spasm, decreases inflammation and helps to alleviate pain.

Ultrasound can be used to help tissue healing in muscle tears and ligament strains, especially in the ankle and knee. These sound waves can reach tissues at various depths, helping to reduce inflammation, and can be adjusted depending on whether the condition is acute or chronic.

Interferential Therapy 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 and can provide pain relief in rare problems such as sciatica.