Bioelectric therapy is a safe treatment option for patients suffering from chronic pain conditions such as RSD. Not only is this form of therapy considered safe by many physicians, it also does not require the use of drugs during its implementation. Due to these advantages, bioelectric therapy is considered an effective treatment in relieving chronic and acute pain symptoms.
How Does Bioelectric Therapy Relieve Pain?
Bioelectric therapy administers pain relief mainly by preventing pain messages from reaching the brain. During an injury, the central nervous system, composed of the spinal cord and the brain, receive messages from pain receptors. Cells in the body, as a result, will recognize this message as pain. Through bioelectric currents, bioelectric therapy is able to prevent pain messages from being detected by the brain which, in turn, results in pain-relieving consequences. In addition, this form of therapy provides reprieve from chronic pain by encouraging endorphin production. Endorphins are “feel-good” hormones that allow the body to manage stress and pain.
The Effectiveness of Bioelectric Therapy in RSD
When used in RSD patients, bioelectric therapy is an effective way of controlling pain. However, this therapy offers pain-relieving benefits only for the short-term. This is why this treatment should form part of a more comprehensive program for pain management. Employing bioelectric therapy along with pain medications will reduce the required dosage of these medications by as much as 50 percent.
In addition to RSD or CRPS, this therapy is also effective as treatment for muscle pain and back pain, migraines, arthritis, and scleroderma-induced skin ulcers. Patients suffering from TMJ syndrome, which attacks the jaw, also find relief from bioelectric therapy.
Frequency in Getting Bioelectric Therapy as a Treatment
Many RSD patients require several sessions of bioelectric treatments, given the fact that a single session will not bring about significant relief from pain. However, the frequency will depend on the patient’s present condition and his or her ability to respond to the treatment. Patients usually start by having 5 bioelectric therapy sessions within a single week. This number is reduced after one week, which means the treatments will not exceed 3 per week. All in all, an RSD patient should have about no less than 16 and no more than 20 treatments.
Preparations Prior to Therapy
To ensure optimized results from this therapy, physicians usually ask their patients to fast prior to the treatment. Insulin-dependent patients or those taking blood-thinning medicines are also advised to follow certain steps before the therapy. Finally, patients will have to make sure that they are accompanied by someone who can drive them home after the treatment.
Limitations of the Treatment
Not everyone is well-suited to use bioelectric therapy as an RSD treatment. People with pacemakers, for instance, are not advised to obtain this treatment. In the same way, pregnant women and chronic pain patients who suffer from thrombosis and bacterial infection should not resort to this form of therapy.
There are only very rare cases of side effects resulting from bioelectric therapy. Some individuals may experience skin redness and irritation from the electrodes during a therapy session.