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People have been using electricity to treat pain in various ways for more than 100 years. While once thought of as “quack” medicine, recent studies indicate that electricity truly can be used as a safe and effective means of treating both acute and pain.
At Natural Way Chiropractic, we offer electrotherapies in Overland Park and the surrounding areas in addition to our traditional chiropractic care offerings. We offer these services as part of our on-going commitment to provide our patients with as many options for managing and reducing pain as possible.
Science has proven many times over that electrotherapy is effective in the treatment of pain, but it still remains somewhat unclear exactly how electrotherapy works. Research shows that electrical stimulation causes the body to produce feel-good hormones known as endorphins that act as natural painkillers. However, electrotherapy may also work by blocking pain signals along the nerves.
Electrotherapy works by applying electric stimulation to the nerves and muscles through adhesive pads placed on the skin. At Natural Way Chiropractic, we offer a few electrotherapy options:
•Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, also known as TENS
•GS, or Galvanic Stimulation
•Interferential Current, or IFC
We recommend TENS therapy for most of our chronic pain patients. Both TENS and IFC units work in similar ways by delivering alternating current to the nerves and muscles. IFC is basically a more powerful version of TENS.
GS therapy uses direct current as opposed to alternating current. This treatment is more commonly used in the treatment of acute injuries. Direct current alters blood flow, making this type of electrotherapy appropriate for people who have suffered severe injuries that involve swelling or bleeding.
Whether you are struggling with an acute injury or chronic pain, electrotherapy may provide the relief you need. If you’re considering electrotherapy for pain in Overland Park, contact your chiropractor in Overland Park today. We will assess your case and help you determine whether this type of treatment is right for you.
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