Interferential current stimulation (IFS) has the same purpose as other electrical stimulation methods - using electrical stimulation to treat neurogenic pain (caused by nerves), myofascial pain (muscular) and inflammatory conditions. The difference is how it applies the electrical stimulation. Pairs of electrodes are aligned on the skin around the affected area. The electrode pairs then send high-frequency (4,000 Hz) and mediumfrequency (150 Hz) alternating currents, which facilitates deeper penetration.
The body has a continual flow of resonating electrical impulses that transmit signals through living tissues, utilizing electrons, chemicals, and electromagnetic bonds. The body's tissues are lined with water-hydrated matrices that act as semiconductors to permit the transfer of electrons and communicate specific frequencies. Each cell, tissue, and organ has its own specific frequency that synchronizes its activity within the body. Electrical stimulation therapies, such as IFS, are aligned to support the intricate biological and physiological phenomenon that has been exhibited throughout electrotherapeutics in clinical history - electricity will take path of least resistance as it flows through tissue.
What is an IFS treatment like?
An IFS therapy treatment is passive. You sit with electrodes pairs placed in the appropriate locations as determine by your therapist. Often a coupling agent (water or gel) is used to facilitate the delivery.
There are often multiple treatment sessions, and IFS is typically part of a complete rehabilitation program that involves patient education, exercise, manual therapy, and a home program.
What conditions respond well to IFS?
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Arthritis-related Pain
- Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerves)
- Sprains and Strains