Interferential Stimulator (IF)
Interferential therapy (IFT) is one of various types of physical therapy modalities at Nelson and Nelson Chiropractic.
It 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.
It has been suggested that Interferrential 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:
Common uses: Pre and post-orthopedic surgery, joint injury syndrome, cumulative trauma disorders, increasing circulation and pain control of various origins.