electrotherapy and physiotherapy treatments

26. April 2022

electrotherapy and physiotherapy treatments

We both know that these treatments are here to help us.

But electrotherapy or physiotherapy?

Which one is right for you?

This blog will help you understand the basics of electrotherapy and physiotherapy treatments.

You'll learn how they work, what types of electrotherapy are available and what they are used for. Plus, how to know when you should seek professional treatment.

Today we will:

  • Uncover electrotherapy and physiotherapy treatment methods available

  • Show the best way to find physiotherapy online

  • Why it’s best to receive treatment from a local, qualified, and trusted physiotherapist

  • See how virtual physiotherapy consultations are a game-changer

What are the benefits of electrotherapy and physiotherapy treatments?

Electrotherapy and physiotherapy treatments are used for a variety of reasons.

They can be used to help with pain relief, muscle rehabilitation, or even improve athletic performance.

What is electrotherapy used for?

Electrotherapy uses electric currents to stimulate the body’s muscles and nerves. It has been used for over 100 years and is one of the most used treatments in physiotherapy.

Electrotherapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions including:

  • Muscle spasms

  • Chronic pain

  • Arthritis

  • Osteoporosis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Nerve damage

  • Plantar fasciitis

Source: What is Electrotherapy? Overview & How it Works | OriGym (origympersonaltrainercourses.co.uk), Electrotherapy - Treatments - Physio.co.uk

The most common types of electrotherapy treatment:

  • TENS therapy (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)

  • EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation)

  • Interferential

  • Ultrasound

  • Shockwave therapy

The benefits of electrotherapy include:

  • Reduce nerve pain

  • Increased circulation

  • Non-invasive

  • Drug-free

Electrotherapy is very versatile in its uses and can treat pain, increase muscle strength and endurance, or reduce the effects of numbness. It’s also being used to help improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes.

Now for physiotherapy!

What is physiotherapy used for?

Although electrotherapy is used within physiotherapy, there are standalone techniques that are used in conjunction with electrotherapy, to produce better results.

Focusing on improving mobility and function, physiotherapy can be used to treat a broad range of conditions and effects from:

  • Pain

  • Injury

  • Illness

  • Disabilities

  • Ageing

The most common types of physiotherapy techniques used:

  • Advice

  • Acupuncture

  • Hydrotherapy

  • Ice/heat therapy

  • Joint mobilisation

  • Manual therapy

  • Range of Motion exercises (ROM)

  • Soft tissue mobilisation

  • Sports physiotherapy

  • Stretches

Source: What are the common Physiotherapy Treatment Techniques we use? | Care2Cure Physiotherapy & Rehab Center, Most Common Physiotherapy Treatments You Should Know | Ublabs.org, Types of Physiotherapy Treatments | Naturopathy And Holistic Healthcare Centre | Nimba Nature Cure

The benefits of physiotherapy include:

  • Reduced pain

  • Avoid surgery

  • Improve strength

  • Better coordination

  • Restored mobility

  • Drug-free

  • Personalised

  • Independence

  • Prevent further injury

  • Boost confidence and mental wellbeing

Source: The Benefits of Physiotherapy (elitephysio.ca), 10 Benefits of Physiotherapy and How it helps you? (trianglephysiotherapy.com)

Physiotherapy can be used to help people recover from musculoskeletal injuries and minor physical trauma such as sprains, strains, and bruises.

The benefits of physiotherapy treatments include enhancement of the body's healing process and reduction of pain.

It can be helpful for people who have experienced chronic conditions including osteoarthritis, stroke, heart disease or cancer.

The best way to find physiotherapy online

Now you know what’s available, how do you start looking for physiotherapy or electrotherapy?

Your best bet is to start online!

In the past, physiotherapy and electrotherapy were only available in hospitals or clinics. But now, with the help of the internet, people can find a physiotherapist online.

Does online physiotherapy work?

Virtual therapy is by no means a new concept. Yet through the pandemic, we saw a dramatic increase in the need for accessing physiotherapy services online.

An online physiotherapy consultation will enable you to receive a quick comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and personalised treatment plan.

Although the physiotherapist will be unable to provide hands-on treatment, they’re able to provide you with advice, exercises, and instructions for self-treatment.

How do you find a physiotherapist online?

Well like most of us, the easiest way to begin any search is with Google!

Enter something like “find online physiotherapy” or “physiotherapists online”. This should bring up a list of websites that offer physiotherapy services along with their contact information.

There are many benefits of receiving online physiotherapy treatment.

Treatment can be provided at a time that’s more convenient for you if you have a busy schedule. Plus, it can be done in the comfort of your own home without the need to plan for that rush hour traffic or hectic commute.

The benefits of using a local and trusted physiotherapist

When you’re purchasing a new product, do you look at the reviews?

A service is no different, it’s always better to go with what you feel comfortable with and what you know!

When seeking physiotherapy services, it’s ALWAYS best to use a local, qualified, and trusted physiotherapist.

Look at their reviews, the good, bad, and ugly! And be sure to check out their credentials.

You may wonder why we put qualified or mentioned credentials. Of course, all physiotherapists are qualified, aren’t they?

We would love to say an absolute yes, but the reality is that there are people out there that are practising without a licence and all necessary qualifications.

At CK Physio, we pride ourselves on providing the best treatment, care, and service to you. We’re fully qualified, insured and registered to ensure your safety and wellbeing are covered, always.

Another way to enquire about a reputable physiotherapist is to ask your friends or family if they’ve had experience or know of any good ones.

Our advice to you, regardless of how you find physiotherapy services. Like our physiotherapists are at CK Physio, make sure they're registered with a governing body such as the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a professional union like the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Is virtual physiotherapy effective?

It definitely is!

The physiotherapy industry is a booming one.

With the advent of new technologies, there are more and more ways to treat patients. One of these is by providing them with virtual sessions.

Virtual physiotherapy consultations provide benefits for both you and CK physiotherapists and can be as effective as an in-person session.

Your initial virtual consultation is a safe space for you to enquire about any problems, fears or queries you may have regarding your injury, illness, or treatment.

Our physiotherapists can respond and explain in detail, without the feeling of judgement, embarrassment or pressure.

You’ll also be able to conduct the assessment in your own comfortable surroundings with the support of family members if necessary.

We’ll leave you with knowledge of your condition and treatment options. Giving you more confidence in choosing what’s right for you, and comfortability in attending a face-to-face session.

Use our online booking form to get your virtual consultation booked now and find out more about our physiotherapy and electrotherapy treatment.

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