Interferential Current Therapy

What is Interferential Current Therapy

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Interferential current therapy is an effective therapy option used by many physiotherapy clinics to relieve pain and accelerate the self-healing process, getting your body back to a healthy, pain free state. The high frequency signals of an IFC penetrate through the skin into deeper lying muscle tissues.

Electrodes are placed on your skin around the injured body part. The Interferential Current device then transmits electrical impulses in minute quantities through your skin. Underlying tissue and nerves are stimulated which begins the healing properties.  These impulses are not painful in the least. In fact, patients describe the sensation as a minor prickle on their skin. Frequencies produced by the IFC have been proven to stimulate endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. This can help to create a self-healing process without the need to for medications. This form of therapy is also extremely useful in reducing pain, inflammation, curing edema, and spasms.

  • Reduces or eliminates your pain safely.
  • Noticeable decrease in swelling and inflammation.
  • Restores lost movement and improves restricted movements and coordination.
  • Stimulates the natural hormones which can help your body heal faster.
  • Considered by many experts as a highly effective form of treatment for chronic pain.

How the Interferential Current Therapy Helps

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Interferential Current stimulation is very useful in the treatment of circulatory and muscular disorders, stiffness of joints, edema, and inflammation. If you suffer from health problems such as cumulative trauma disorders, body pain, joint injuries, or are pre or post orthopedic surgery, interferential current therapy is and important option.

Interferential current therapy has been in use for many years, and there have been numerous case studies and research reports that have documented its versatility in treating diverse symptoms, accelerating the healing process and restoring normal movement. Patients who chose to undergo interferential current therapy have fewer post-op complications compared to people who rely exclusively on medications for pain relief. It also helps in blood circulation and hastens the healing process by stimulating endorphins.

Common Questions

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Absolutely! The electrical impulses sent through your body are tiny. You will not experience any pain or shock. At the most, you will experience a slight tickling sensation
Most insurance providers pay for the treatment because it is a proven method to treat pain and inflammation. However, you may want to check with your insurance provider for clarification.
As interferential current therapy mainly acts on tissue, the fastest and lasting effects are seen on those areas that are a direct result of such kind of stimulation, for instance muscle sprain, joint problems, and pain relief
Interferential current therapy is a deeper form of the common treatment TENS. The frequency is higher at 4000Hz from interferential current therapy compared to the same signal released by a TENS unit at low frequencies of 5-160 Hz per second. The IFC’s high frequency waveform reaches the skin deeply with a higher level of stimulation and less discomfort to the patient.
Interferential current therapy is stimulation made by the interception of two electrical mediums of varying frequencies that work together to successfully stimulate large impulse fibers. These frequencies interfere with the pain transmission messages at the spinal cord level. Due to the frequency aspect, the interferential current meets fewer obstacles when crossing the skin to treat the underlying tissue.

Coverage Options

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pt Health therapy services are covered by most extended health insurance companies and in some cases Veterans Affairs and Medicare – such as OHIP (Ontario), Alberta Health Care and Medical Service Plan MSP (British Columbia). Not sure if you’re covered? No problem. We can help you find out (and usually within the hour). Just call us toll free at 1-866-749-7461.

At pt Health we believe your health should come first. We take care of the paperwork so you can focus on getting better, plus we offer direct insurance billing, saving you time and up front costs.

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Research

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1.  The journal Physical Therapy published a research summary in 2006 which talked about interferential therapy used in various models of inflammatory pain.

2.  The Irish Medical Journal published a research summary in 1989 which discussed “interferential therapy for the treatment of stress and urge inconsistence”.

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