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The Benefit of Electrotherapy used in Conjunction with the Chiropractic Adjustment

Posted Sep 10 2010 10:58am
At CT Spine and Disc Center, we use other therapies in addition to the chiropractic adjustment. Such therapies include vibration , moist heat, cold therapy and electrotherapy. Electrotherapy is often used to relieve pain and relax muscle spasms. Often times, the electrotherapy is used in conjunction with a hot or a cold pack.

Electrotherapy can be used in the “interferential” or “premodulated” form- both of which treat pain.

For muscle spasm reduction, a medium frequency wave length called “Russian stim” is often used.

Using electrotherapy involves applying pulsating electric currents to certain areas of the body, such as the low back, mid back, or neck via electrodes. This process elicits responses from nerves which are involved in pain sensation and muscle contraction information. The stimulation of sensory fibers will help block pain while stimulation of motor fibers will produce pulsatile contractions of the muscle groups innervated by the nerves being stimulated.

Electrotherapy is often used for:

  1. Chronic pain that does not go away
  2. acute pain
  3. relaxation of muscles
  4. increase of blood flow to the treatment area
  5. muscle re-education
  6. increasing range of motion
  7. prevention of atrophy of muscles

Electrotherapy can be used to relieve pain and muscle spasm without increasing inflammation or swelling. Also, no heat is produced when using electrotherapy.


The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. Call our chiropractic office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression




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