Electrotherapy (eg. Ultrasound)

Electrotherapy is used in conjunction with other physiotherapy manual therapy techniques when treating disorders relating to the muscles and other soft tissues such as tendons.

After our clinical assessment and using the best evidence based practice we are able to treat using electrotherapy with a number of different modalities at Bournemouth Physiotherapy Clinics.

  • Ultrasound – involves using high frequency sound waves to treat injuries to collagenous tissues such as tendons and ligaments. It stimulates blood circulation and cell activity, accelerating the healing process.
  • TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) – produces pain relief by blocking pain messages to the brain. Works on pain gate theory
  • Interferential therapy– another method of facilitating muscle contraction and also enhancing a degree of pain relief at the site of injury.
  • Infra-red – heat therapy via an infra-red lamp, used to relieve muscular injuries.
  • Neuro-Muscular Electrical Stimulators – used in conjunction with an exercise programme to enhance the ability of a muscle to contract, used predominantly in exercise rehabilitation programmes or to re-train certain muscle groups after weakness.
  • FES Functional electrical stimulation – used for neurological conditions that have developed foot drop. Our physiotherapists have all had recent training at odstock Salisbury, with use in conjunction with the Multiple Sclerosis centre