Thursday, February 19, 2015

What is IFC?

Interferential Current (IFC) therapy is a therapeutic modality that is used often in an orthopedic physical therapy setting. Interferential is where the two currents meet, they actually ‘interfere’ with each other; hence the name ‘interferential.’

The physiological effects of IFC

The physiological effects include:
1. an increase in localized blood flow which can improve healing by reducing swelling (the additional blood flowing through the area takes edematous fluid away with it) and as a result helps remove damaged tissue and bring nutrients necessary for healing to the injured area
2. the stimulation of local nerve cells that can have a pain reducing/anaesthetic effect due to potentially blocking the transmission of the pain signals (pain gate mechanism) or by stimulating the release of pain reducing endorphins (opiod mechanism)
3. some degree of muscle stimulation as muscle contraction can be achieved through external application of an electrical current, overcoming some of the muscle inhibition often caused by local injury and swelling

As with any home health tool from Natural Healing Tools, use under the supervision of your medical professional.