Medical glossary


Electrotherapy is a medical procedure involving the use of direct or alternating current for therapeutic purposes. Electrodes are applied directly onto the areas of concern and electrical impulses transmitted in order to activate the ions at an intra- and extracellular level, thus improving blood circulation, stimulating cellular metabolism and promoting toxin disposal. Electrotherapy is often the treatment of choice to relieve acute and chronic pain affecting muscles, tendons and joints, as well as chronic inflammation and sensitivity disorders (e.g. numbness).