Tool used prior to the adjustment to decrease muscle spasm and pain.
Electrotherapy/Interferential current is usually involved in the early treatment stages, especially right after an injury. Ice and/or heat might be used in combination with this tool. This modality works to break muscle spasm and control pain. The mechanism behind its benefit works through a process called the “gate theory” of pain control. The benefit of blocking pain is twofold; as the pain signal decreases to your brain you will feel better, and this will result in a reflexive decrease in muscle tightness and spasm. Interferential current also stimulates the release of your body’s natural pain controlling substances called endorphins and/or enkaphlons.