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Interferrential therapy

Interferrential therapy (IFT)

Interferrential therapy (IFT) is one of various types of physical therapy modalities at Nelson and Nelson Chiropractic.

Interferential therapy uses a mid-frequency electrical signal to treat muscular spasms and sprains. The current produces a massaging effect over the affected area at periodic intervals, and this stimulates the secretion of endorphins the body’s natural pain relievers, thus relaxing strained muscles and promoting soft-tissue healing. Its use is contraindicated if the affected area has wounds, cuts or infections.

Interferrential Therapy

It has been suggested that Interferential therapy works in a ‘special way’ because it is ‘interferential’ as opposed to ‘normal’ stimulation. The evidence for this special effect is lacking, and it is most likely that IFT is just another means of stimulating peripheral nerves. It is rather a generic means of stimulation. IFT is used in four clinical applications, to:

  • Relieve pain
  • Stimulate muscles
  • Increase local blood flow
  • Reduce edema

Common uses for Interferential therapy: Pre and post-orthopedic surgery, joint injury syndrome, cumulative trauma disorders, increasing circulation and pain control of various origins.

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