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Electrical Therapy for Pain Relief

Electrical therapy, also known as electrical nerve stimulation or electrotherapy, is a pain management technique that uses small electrical currents to stimulate muscles and nerves. The electrical current may be administered through electrodes, needles or felt pads, which are placed or implanted in the body part to be stimulated. The mild electrical current used during electrotherapy is similar to the electrical impulses that the brain sends to the muscles to cause movement. It is not […]

Thermotherapy for Treating Pain

Thermotherapy consists in the application of heat to the body to relieve symptoms of acute or chronic pain. Heat treatment is particularly effective in managing pain related to muscle spasms or tension, but can also help to treat other types of painful conditions. Moist heat has been found to be a more effective pain reliever than dry heat because the moisture allows a deeper penetration of heat. Many people use simple forms of thermotherapy at […]

Pain Management: What Is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is the application of cold to treat pain, swelling or other conditions. People commonly use ice at home for sprains or other minor injuries. Cold therapy is also employed in healthcare settings to reduce fever in a hospital or to treat musculoskeletal conditions in physical therapy. Cold can be used to treat both acute and chronic pain. Sometimes, cryotherapy is incorporated into other treatments, such as hydrotherapy. The term cryotherapy may also refer to […]

Pain Management: What Is Biofeedback?

Biofeedback is an alternative, non-medical therapy in which the patient seeks to gain control over various typically involuntary body functions. It belongs to the category of mind-body therapies that aim to strengthen communication between the mind and body. Biofeedback is often used in pain management. The aim of this complementary therapy is to use the mind to help control the body. Patients are taught how to control certain involuntary body responses using feedback from monitoring […]

Slipped Disk: Conservative Treatment

When people talk about back pain, they usually think of a slipped disc, a painful protrusion and rupture of one of the discs between the spinal bones called vertebrae, leaking jelly-like material which places pressure on adjacent nerves. Other common names for a slipped disk include a herniated disk or spinal disk herniation. What Is a Spinal Disc? Spinal discs can be described as shock-absorbing pads between the vertebrae in the spine. There are six […]

Causes and Treatment of Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)

Plantar fasciitis sounds like a rare, exotic ailment though it is the most common foot complaint today. Most people just call it heel pain. It involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the most frequent cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia holds the bottom of the foot together and stretches to absorb the shock of 2 to 3 times the person’s body weight with every step. Excessive stretching of the plantar fascia causes […]

Alternative Treatments for Migraines

Painful migraine headaches are one of the top 10 reasons why women seek to explore alternative therapies. Alternative medicine appeals to growing numbers of patients who either are not getting enough relief with conventional medications or there are no medications for certain condition, or those who wish to limit their reliance on medicinal drugs or simply prefer not to take any medications at all. For example, many patients take triptans, such as Maxalt or Imitrex, […]

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