What is Electrotherapy? What does electrotherapy do? Who is it applied to?
Electrotherapy applications are used for pain that occurs in muscle groups and various parts of the body that cannot fully fulfill their function. The aim of electrotherapy applications is to eliminate pain and muscle weakness and to ensure that healing continues in a controlled manner. Electrotherapy methods used by the specialist are applied at different frequencies according to the needs of the patient.
The most commonly used electrotherapy agent is “TENS”. It stands for “Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation”. It is a pain management technique in which small electrodes are placed on the skin and low-intensity current is applied. TENS is a method that works according to the gate control mechanism and blocks pain pathways to the brain.
Which areas TENS is not applied to?
Eyes and ears
Near the heart (left side of the chest)
Numb areas with loss of sensation
Areas with open wounds
To whom and in which case TENS is not applied?
· Patients with pacemakers
· In the presence of epilepsy
· If heart rhythm disorder is present
· If there is allergy to electrode pads
· In pregnancy
· In wet environment
What is Lymphedema Wrapping and Massage?
The purpose of lymphedema wrapping and massage is to open the lymph pathways in the edematous area and help the healing process. During lymphedema wrapping, several materials are applied on top of each other. The purpose of using different materials is to prevent wounds in the tissue, to prevent the wrapping from slipping and to ensure that the pressure is adjusted correctly. Circulation is supported with compression during treatment. The pressure setting during bandaging and the direction of the massage during massage are very important for the treatment to give the right result. If not performed by specialists, edema may accumulate in a certain area.