Electrotherapy CPD Course

Electrotherapy is the use of electrical energy and sound waves (ultrasound) as a treatment method for musculoskeletal pain and injury. The term electrotherapy can apply to a variety of treatments and specifically to the use of electric current to speed wound healing.

This unique science based course is delivered for the National Training Centre by Professor Tim Watson, a fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. This course and its participants are truly interdisciplinary, and Electrotherapy, Ultrasound, Interferential, TENS and Muscle Stimulation are ideal complementary therapies to add to your existing clinical practice.

Electrotherapy is used to encourage muscle contraction using electric impulses. The impulses, which are generated by an electronic device, are delivered through electrodes which are placed on the skin close to the muscles requiring stimulation.
The impulses mimic the action potential coming from the central nervous system which causes the muscle to contract. 

Electrotherapy may be used in multiple scenarios including:

  • Relaxation of muscle spasms
  • Prevention and retardation of disuse atrophy
  • Increase of local blood circulation
  • Muscle rehabilitation and stimulation
  • Maintaining and increasing range of motion
  • Management of chronic pain
  • Post-traumatic acute pain
  • Post surgical acute pain
  • Wound healing

The American Physical Therapy Association acknowledges the use of Electrotherapy for various modalities including:

  • Pain management
  • Treatment of neuromuscular dysfunction
  • Improvement of strength
  • Improvement of motor control
  • Retardation of muscle atrophy
  • Improvement of local blood flow
  • Improvement in range of joint mobility
  • Induces repeated stretching of contracted, shortened soft tissues
  • Tissue repair
  • Enhances microcirculation and protein synthesis to heal wounds
  • Restores integrity of connective and dermal tissues

This unique CPD course is open to all professional therapists who treat pain and injury as part of their practice. Ideal participants include:

  • Physiotherapists
  • Osteopaths
  • Physical Therapists
  • Neuromuscular Therapists
  • Sports Medicine Practitioners
  • Sports Therapists

Many other professional therapists would also meet eligibility requirements. If you would like to check your individual eligibility please call our office of administration on 01 8827777 during office hours or email info@ntc.ie

Following this CPD course participants will receive a certificate of completion.

This is a unique course which has been designed to provide a combination of theory and hands on practical skills on a range of Electrotherapy modalities including:

  • Key concepts of electrotherapy
  • Ultrasound Therapy
  • Interferential Therapy
  • TENS
  • Muscle Stimulation

Ultrasound Therapy generally refers to a procedure that uses ultrasound for therapeutic benefit. This method uses sound waves generated through a transducer head (which looks a bit like a microphone) to penetrate soft tissue.

Interferential Therapy is a unique way of effectively delivering therapeutic frequencies to tissue. While conventional TENS devices deliver electrical pulses at extremely low frequency (typically 2-150 Hz), Interferential stimulation uses medium frequencies above 1000 Hz, and typically around 4000 Hz. which travel in the tissue more easily and can go further and deeper with less discomfort to the patient.

TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Neural (or Nerve) Stimulation) uses small electrical currents which are adjusted to send stimulating pulses over the surface of the skin and into nerve endings. Those pulses help to decrease pain by blocking pain signals from reaching the brain. They also help stimulate production of endorphins. Common uses for TENS include acute and chronic pain, back and cervical muscular and disc syndromes, RSD, arthritis, shoulder syndromes, neuropathies, and many other painful conditions.

You can book any of the individual days at a cost of €250.00.

If you would like to complete all four training days there is a discount of €130.00 with a total cost of €870.00

Dates for the  2018 Electrotherapy CPD training days which take place at the National Training Centre, 15-16 Saint Joseph's Parade, Dorset Street, Dublin 7 will be available shortly.


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