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Athletic Edge - Rehabilitation - Interferential Stimulation

Interferential Stimulation

Have you long been struggling with the pain from an injured joints and muscles? Then it will definitely ease you to know of an advanced treatment for it. The Interferential stimulation (IFS), which is one of breakthrough in clinical research and technology development, is modern electrotherapy especially designed as treatment for hurt joints and muscles.

Interferential stimulation therapy (IFS therapy)
Interferential stimulation is a type of electrical fire up that uses a medium-frequency of alternating currents to incite tissues of injured muscles and joints. The medium-frequency is carried by the two independent circuits of paired electrodes. Interferential stimulation is believed to reduce pain, decrease swelling or oedema, and increase blood circulation in damaged tissues, thus stimulating repair and health.
Specifically, the paired electrodes are lined up on the skin of the hurt patient. This results for the current flowing between each pair to interconnect stirring the underlying injured area. The flowing current obstructs the transmission of pain messages at the spinal cord level. Moreover, this process maximizes the use of the electrical current to infuse only the damaged tissues while unwanted stimulation of cutaneous nerves (nerves responsible for sensation) is reduced to minimum.
As previously mentioned, Interferential stimulation has been established as a medical technique in reducing pain, promoting repair and healing among various harmed tissues, and improve the range of movement. No evident standardized procedure is essentially being recommended for the use of interferential therapy. The reasons for this are variations in the frequency of stimulation, treatment period, the duration of pulse, and electrode-placement method. Nevertheless, Interferential stimulation is increasingly being used for its analgesic effect and in restoring damaged muscle and joint tissues.
Although Interferential stimulation is continuously being investigated on how efficient and beneficial its therapeutic and physiological effects are as treatment or therapy, there are still many physical therapists who positively agree of its use. IFS therapy is now commonly used for joint injury syndrome, pre- and post-orthopedic surgery, cumulative trauma disorders, increasing blood circulation, and managing pain.

A promising advanced treatment in medical science
Interferential stimulation is a ground-breaking treatment procedure of using electrical current specifically to stimulate selected nerve fibers, provide medications into denervated muscle and joint tissues, therefore promote repair and healing. There is no standardized procedure in using IFS therapy since its application may vary depending on the extent or range of pain and tissue injuries. Thus carrying out IFS treatment may differ in terms of frequency of stimulation, electrode-placement method, the duration of pulse, and treatment period.
Moreover, there are many physical therapists who continue practicing or carrying out IFS therapy despite existing skepticisms on the treatment’s effectiveness and therapeutic benefits. This is because there are also many patients concluded to have either gradually or rapidly recovered from various tissue injuries or disorders after having gone through the treatment. These patients have therefore been given an absolute chance to return living normally and do their usual physical activities. It can therefore, be perceived that effectiveness and benefits of IFS therapy evidently depend on the extent or range injuries and on the individual’s over physiological health condition.

Health Benefits of IFS Therapy
Interferential Stimulation (IFS) is a stimulation therapy characterized by the crossing or interconnecting of two independent electrical circuits producing medium-frequency currents. The electrical currents have the potential to control or manage pain, likewise in restoring damaged muscle and joint tissues. It is basically because of these reasons that Interferential Stimulation has been widely used particularly by physiotherapists as a therapeutic and physiological treatment.

Some health benefits of IFS treatment

Apart from being able to relieve or control pain from muscle and/or joint injuries, interferential stimulation therapy maximizes the use of electrical currents to stimulate only the affected nerve fibers. Moreover, IFS therapy provides medications into muscle and joint tissues that are denervated, and thus capable to promote and sustain repair and health. So while electrotherapy attempts to stimulate the underlying nerves of affected area, any unnecessary stimulation of nerves responsible for sensation (cutaneous nerves), can be reduced to minimum, if not avoided.
While the above enumerated benefits occur mostly among adults, there are also some recognized benefits of IFS therapy among children. These benefits include increase in bowel movement and improved bowel elimination. IFS treatment may then reduce the need for any medications that help ease the process and surgery perhaps.