Different types of electrical stimulation are used in physical therapy

All of us, especially seniors, will experience an injury or illness at some point in our lives. This can cause pain, swelling, limited movement, or loss of mobility in any part of the musculoskeletal organ. Your healthcare provider will refer you to your physical therapist, who will help you regain the normal function of your musculoskeletal system.

Your physical therapist will employ several therapeutic and hands-on modalities to speed up your recovery.

Your physical therapist may use electrical stimulation. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including pain relief, inflammation, and increased circulation.

A physical therapist can use several types of electric simulations depending on the injury or condition.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation

It’s used to manage acute and chronic pain. It works by changing the pain signals from the injured tissue to the Brain. It also releases endorphins, which are natural painkillers.

Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation

It is used by physical therapists to correct the contraction of muscles following an injury or surgery. It is similar to the education of muscles for contraction and for returning to normal function

Russian Stimulation

Similar to neuromuscular electrical stimulation, Russian stimulation can also be used to stimulate muscle contraction. Russian stimulation simulates high-frequency electrical waves. It is useful after surgery or injury to treat muscular dystrophy. It causes forceful contractions and normalizes muscle function.


Iontophoresis can be described as chemical electrical stimulation. It is used to administer various drugs into the body via electrical shops. Skin indications like iodine, chlorine, and dexamethasone help reduce inflammation and swelling. They also aid in managing scar tissue and keloid.

Stimulation of High Voltage

It is a very high-voltage electrical signal used by physical therapists to reduce pain and improve circulation. In very rare cases, it can also help with wound healing.

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