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Interferential Current (IFC) Therapy

Interferential Current (IFC) therapy is a form of electrotherapy that uses low-frequency electrical currents to stimulate healing and provide pain relief. It involves the application of electrical stimulation to the body through electrodes placed on the skin. Here’s how low-frequency electrical currents stimulate healing and pain relief in IFC therapy:

  1. Pain Gate Control Theory: Low-frequency electrical currents used in IFC therapy can stimulate the large-diameter sensory nerve fibers, which can close the “pain gates” in the spinal cord. This inhibits the transmission of pain signals from reaching the brain, effectively reducing the perception of pain.
  2. Endorphin Release: IFC therapy has been shown to stimulate the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals. Endorphins act as neurotransmitters in the brain and spinal cord, blocking pain signals and producing feelings of euphoria and well-being.
  3. Muscle Relaxation: Electrical stimulation with low-frequency currents can induce muscle contractions and relaxation, helping to alleviate muscle spasms, tension, and stiffness. This muscle relaxation can improve range of motion, flexibility, and overall mobility, promoting faster recovery from injuries.
  4. Increased Blood Flow: IFC therapy can enhance local blood circulation in the treated area, leading to improved oxygenation and nutrient delivery to the tissues. This increased blood flow helps to accelerate the healing process by promoting tissue repair, reducing inflammation, and removing metabolic waste products.
  5. Edema Reduction: Low-frequency electrical currents used in IFC therapy have been shown to facilitate the reabsorption of excess fluid and reduce swelling (edema) in injured tissues. By improving lymphatic drainage and reducing fluid buildup, IFC therapy can help alleviate pain and discomfort associated with inflammation and swelling.

Overall, Interferential Current (IFC) therapy harnesses the therapeutic effects of low-frequency electrical currents to stimulate healing mechanisms, promote pain relief, reduce muscle tension, improve circulation, and enhance overall tissue function. It is commonly used in physical therapy settings as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for various musculoskeletal conditions and injuries.

Why Choose Us

  • What can I expect from my appointment?

    If you are presenting to the Clinic for the first time, your initial appointment will involve discussion about the nature of your complaint and your general health. Typically, the practitioner will then assess you, with the goal of identifying the cause of your symptoms, and then plan treatment with aim of improving your condition. Home exercise or self-treatment techniques may be discussed to facilitate a speedy resolution of your complaint(s).

  • How long will my appointment be?

    Appointment length varies depending on the discipline and the practitioner. Initial assessment appointments are typically longer, to allow for history taking, assessment and possibly treatment. Subsequent appointments can often be scheduled for shorter durations, as determined between the patient and the practitioner.

  • What are common chiropractic techniques?

    There are over 200 techniques in the history of chiropractic since 1895. There are three most commonly used chiropractic techniques in Victoria. They all provide benefits such as improving your joint motion, reducing stiffness, and decreasing stress in your nervous system. Diversified technique (95%) of chiropractors utilize this technique by their hand to perform manual adjustments on your spine. Most of the time you will hear a 'pop' or 'cracking' noise(s) from these adjustments. Drop Table technique (90%) of chiropractors utilize this technique by a specific type of table with part of the table can raise up and drop down instantly. Activator (70%) of chiropractors utilize this technique by an instrument look like a clicker and press on the spine multiple times. At Hampton Chiropractic- our chiropractors not only use a combination of these techniques to provide short-term benefits but also trained to address the structural cause of your chronic problems (Postural imbalance) with specific spinal traction therapy so we are not focusing what's happened locally but also globally.

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