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How Electrotherapy Helps in Treating Neck and Back Pain

How Electrotherapy Helps in Treating Neck and Back Pain

Neck and lower back pain can make it difficult to enjoy and engage in life. Worse, there isn’t always a simple solution to bad back pain. What works for one person may not be suitable for others. And while some people respond well to over-the-counter pain relievers or physical therapy, others may require a different approach to pain management.

There are a lot of non-surgical treatments to help chronic back pain. Electrotherapy is an effective option for back pain relief.

While it may appear that applying electricity to the body is uncomfortable, many people find it calming and helpful. TENS units, for example, cause a tingling, vibrating, or buzzing feeling in the person. The portable stimulator is a compact battery- or rechargeable device worn around the waist. It can be programmed for back pain relief and turned on and off as needed.

The specific mechanism behind the positive effects of electrical stimulation is still unknown. Electrical stimulation may prevent pain impulses from traveling along nerves. Furthermore, electrical stimulation has been demonstrated to stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. 

Pain management is one of the key purposes of electrotherapy. Using electricity can also enhance circulation, promoting the body’s natural healing mechanism. That may aid in the strengthening of muscles, the stimulation of bone formation, and the restoration of injured tissues. 

Electrotherapy may improve motion and function in a stiff or afflicted area. It may help those suffering from nerve discomfort in the upper or lower back, or both. Electrotherapy also helps to relax muscles and lessen muscle spasms.

What Types of Spine and Joint Conditions Can Electrotherapy Help With?

Electrotherapy has shown encouraging outcomes for patients suffering from musculoskeletal diseases that cause neck and back discomfort. It may be beneficial for specific types of nerve pain and can be used to treat the following conditions:

  • Symptoms of fibromyalgia
  • Osteoporosis discomfort
  • Neuropathy in diabetics
  • Chronic exhaustion
  • Healing of wounds
  • Neck and back pain, whether acute or chronic

Side Effects of Electrotherapy

Electrotherapy’s most common side effect is skin irritation or rash caused by the adhesives in the electrodes or the tape that holds them in place. Electrotherapy overuse can also cause a burning feeling on the skin. To avoid complications, carefully follow the therapy guidelines.

Malignancies, damaged skin, and diseased areas should not be stimulated with electoral therapy. When electrotherapy penetrates the skin, it might result in bruising, bleeding, and infection.

Electrotherapy is generally safe, but it should be avoided by those with specific health issues. When electrodes are placed near the heart, pacemakers may experience serious cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats). Furthermore, utilizing a device while pregnant could harm the fetus. Before beginning this treatment, those with certain neurological problems should contact a specialist. Electrotherapy is also not suggested for people who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

This therapy should be used with other therapies such as physical therapy, back pain or sciatica exercises, or nerve block treatments.

TENS EMS Muscle Stimulator for Pain Relief Therapy is generally safe when used correctly. The technique is not for everyone and works differently for various people. Speak to your doctor if you think you might benefit from TENS for back pain.

Want to read more articles like this? Visit our Non-Invasive Treatments section.

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