Electrotherapy and Modalities

Below is a description of a few tools that our Burnaby physiotherapists use to help you accomplish your health goals.

We will advise and suggest which type of physical therapy treatment is suitable for you, based on the detailed consultation and treatment plan created to help you reach your goals.

Burnaby Electrotherapy - Ultrasound Physiotherapy - Modalities

TENS – Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

  • TENS is part of a treatment plan in order to control pain, and it is used as part of a drug-free, non-addictive and non-invasive pain management.
  • TENS is not painful or uncomfortable; it feels like a light tingling sensation on the skin when the current is active.
  • The TENS method works by obstructing the transmission of pain messages that get delivered to the brain. It also creates the release of endorphins, which are our body’s natural painkillers

IFC – Interferential Current

  • IFC is similar to TENS, as it is a form of electrical stimulation. The difference between IFC and TENS is that IFC can reach deeper tissues.
  • IFC helps with treating pain and tissue healing, by transporting electrical currents into the affected area which blocks transmission of pain while stimulating endorphin production.
  • IFC is induced at different frequencies and to most people it feels as gentle as a massage!


  • Ultrasound is a painless way to stimulate injured tissue and promote faster healing.
  • Ultrasound uses a high frequency sound wave that can penetrate to a localized area to ease and reduce muscle spasms, break up scar tissue and adhesions as well as calcium deposits, reduce inflammation, and also increase soft tissue extensibility.
  • Ultrasound is applied directly to the skin and it is a great way to heal soft tissues, such as whiplash and sports injury treatment.

Moist Heat

  • Moist Heat is a practical modality usually used to aid with muscle spasm or stiff muscles acquired through certain types of injures. It can be applied to various areas of the body.
  • Moist Heat can also be used in combination with electrotherapy to enhance the healing process.
  • Often moist heat is an excellent first step to allow the body to relax to allow easier manual therapy.

Ice Packs

  • Ice application can help reduce pain and swelling caused by injuries helping you to recover more quickly.
  • Ice application can also be used in combination with electrotherapy.

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If you have questions about any of the above mentioned modalities make sure to ask your physiotherapist during your session. We’re here not only to help you feel better but for you to gain a better understanding of how your body works and how to better maintain your health in the future.

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