Interferential Current Therapy
Interferential Current Therapy (IFC) sends small amounts of electrical current through the skin to stimulate injured tissues to promote pain relief and healing. The sensation is often reported as tingling or pins and needles and is not painful. IFC is electrical stimulation that is caused by the mixing 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.
IFC increases localized blood flow at the injury site, promoting healing by reducing swelling. The increase in blood flow allows for the removal of damaged tissue and circulates the proper nutrients to the area. IFC will also stimulate local nerve cells that interfere with pain messages, thereby reducing pain. IFC stimulate the release of endorphins which are the body’s natural painkillers and feel good chemicals. When an injury occurs, we often restrict movement due to swelling and inflammation and sometimes we are afraid that the area will hurt more once moved. IFC causes muscle contractions to occur which can overcome some of the muscle inhibition.
Typically IFC uses damp sponges and pads, that are placed on the tender areas of the body and left on for 15-30 minutes.
IFC is beneficial for patients with:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Mid-back pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Soft tissue injuries
- Shoulder concerns
- Muscle spasms
- Chronic pain
- Pre or post orthopedic surgery
Book with Dr. Shergill for your Interferential Current therapy.