Chiropractic electrotherapy is a physical therapy modality that has been used for hundreds of years to treat acute and chronic pain.
In our Raleigh, NC chiropractor office at Carolina ChiroCare and Rehab electrotherapy is used to treat acute and chronic pain conditions such as:
- Back pain
- Neck Pain
- Sciatica & nerve pain
- Tension headaches
- Migraine headaches
- Wound healing
- Shoulder pain
- Diabetic nerve pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Hip pain
- Sports injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Muscle tension/soreness (myalgia)
While electrotherapy has more typically been used in pain management, physical therapy and chiropractic treatment, it has recently been receiving more attention as a potential treatment for the risks and side effects of opioid (narcotic) medications for pain.
Electrotherapy usually refers to Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) or (TENS) transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation therapy. These therapies use specific and targeted electrical currents to reduce pain, improve circulation, repair tissues, and strengthen muscles, leading to pain reduction, injury recovery and improved function.
Electrical stimulation is thought to block pain and nerve signals from the body, which drive one to feel pain. It also promotes the release of endorphins, which are the body’s pain blocking and feel good chemicals.
Endorphins are your “feel good chemicals” think of the feeling you get after a long jog often described as a runner’s high.Endorphins are some of the chemicals that the euphoric feeling.
How does chiropractic electrical stimulation therapy feel?
Initially, one may feel slightly uncomfortable due to the forced muscle contractions being administered into the body. This sensation is often described as a tingling, buzzing feeling.
But typically as the therapy progresses the sensation begins to feel similar to a massaging effect by relaxing the muscle and blocking pain.
Is chiropractic electrotherapy expensive and covered by my insurance?
Several of the newer products are available over the counter, but may lack strength and effectiveness that you would find in a clinical setting.
These over the counter devices sold without a prescription are not covered by insurance. Fortunately, most major medical insurance companies cover electrotherapy in our chiropractic office.
Including electrical muscle stimulation therapy (EMS) and many times TENS home units can be administered and covered by insurance when prescribed for pain and injury recovery.
In summary, electrotherapy is used in chiropractic, physical therapy, pain management and post surgical care.
For patients concerned about the long side term effects of opiates or NSAIDS when managing pain, targeted electrotherapy offers significant potential benefits without potentially harmful side effects when administered in a clinical setting.
How do I get chiropractic electrotherapy?
At our Raleigh, NC chiropractor office, Carolina ChiroCare and Rehab, we offer targeted chiropractic electrotherapy to manage pain and aid in injury recovery. Fortunately, this is covered under most major medical insurance plans.
To schedule an appointment for chiropractic electrotherapy at our Raleigh, NC office, contact us here.
Jeffrey S. Gerdes, D.C.