Interferential Current Therapy (20 mins.) - £25
Interferential Current Therapy (IFC) uses the physiological effects of low frequency electrical stimulation of nerves without the usual discomfort associated with this. IFC has been widely used in therapy for pain management and clinical results suggest this is an essential therapy for acute cases of nerve irritation (e.g. sciatica).
The IFC machine uses two currents with slightly different frequencies in order to penetrate deeply into the body, allowing deep muscles and cells to be stimulated and pain pathways to be affected. The IFC machine at Absolute Health uses frequencies of 1-150Hz and 4 poles (vacuum cups hold the electrodes in place). The frequencies can be varied to deal with specific problems (muscle stimulation vs pain modulation).
As well as offering pain relief and muscle stimulation, the IFC machine will also increase local blood flow and reduce oedema.
Treatment times vary: In acute conditions, shorter treatment times of 5-10 minutes may be sufficient to achieve the desired effect. In chronic pain cases, it may be necessary to stimulate the tissues for 20-30 minutes.
IFC therapy may be combined with other treatments offered at Absolute Health (e.g. Osteopathy).