When Should You Use Electrotherapy?
Electrotherapy can be used to help treat a variety of different types of muscle pain. As with any type of pain management or treatment, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor, physical therapist, or a CVS pharmacist before starting anything. That being said, electrotherapy has been shown to be a safe way to get relief from sore muscles from the comfort of your home. Most people use electrotherapy at home to help get comfort from a sore back.
How Does Electrotherapy Work On Muscles?
An electrotherapy machine will produce an electrical current that is passed through the skin and into the muscles. This stimulates the muscles as well as the surrounding nerves, which can provide a variety of benefits. Specifically, it can help to ease pain so that you can perform normal activities. This is done by the stimulation of the nerves as well as helping to reduce inflammation and swelling, which can make you stiff and uncomfortable.
How Often Should You Use Electrotherapy?
Electrotherapy is primarily used to get temporary relief from muscle pain. While you should always talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or physical therapist about your specific treatment, you can typically use an electrotherapy machine as needed to get relief. Most commonly, people will use this type of device after working out or performing other activities that are causing them discomfort. Using electrotherapy twice per day while experiencing pain or discomfort is often very effective.
How Do Electrotherapy Machines Work?
The electrotherapy machine generates an electrical current that is transferred through the electrodes that you place on your body. Positioning the electrodes on or near the areas where you are experiencing pain allows the electricity to stimulate the muscles and nerves in the area. Most electrotherapy machines are battery operated so that you can easily use them no matter where you happen to be. The electrical current can be adjusted in strength to let you get an effective treatment without causing discomfort.
Chronic pain can greatly interfere with your daily life, making all of your activities more difficult. If you're struggling with pain due to an injury or medical condition, electrotherapy treatments may provide relief and help you live life more fully. CVS carries a number of electrotherapy units as well as accessories for common models. You can explore the product selection online and have the right option for your needs shipped to your door.
What Is Electrotherapy?
Electrotherapy is a type of intervention that uses electrical current to address pain. There are a number of types of electrotherapy treatments performed in clinical settings. For home use, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation or TENS units are the most common option. A TENS unit is a small device that produces electrical current that travels through wires to electrodes placed on the body. The current causes a tingling sensation that stimulates the nerves and muscles. Most often, TENS units are used for back pain at home; however, a medical provider may recommend one for other types of pain.
Research shows that electrotherapy with a TENS unit may have a number of potential benefits. The stimulation from the unit has the potential to reduce inflammation. This in turn can help ease swelling and alleviate symptoms of pain and stiffness. In addition, there is some evidence to suggest that electrotherapy may help support the healing process.
TENS units for home use typically include the module and a supply of electrodes. In some cases, there may be a separate remote control used to operate the device. With other systems, the controls are positioned on the unit itself. Over time, you may need to replace the electrodes for your TENS unit. Replacement parts are available for purchase separately in this product selection. As you compare TENS units, pay attention to the features of the products. Some TENS units are adjustable, giving you the ability to customize your electrotherapy treatments.
Although many people receive relief from electrotherapy treatments, there is no guarantee that a TENS unit or other system will work for everyone. Some people may not be able to safely use electrotherapy, making it important that you consult your doctor before attempting to perform treatments at home. When you receive your new electrotherapy unit, be sure to read the directions for use and safety information carefully. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions unless your medical provider gives you other advice.