Electrotherapy

Electrotherapy has been drifting in and out of fashion in the physiotherapy world for decades. Old attitudes and poor evidence have shown to be challenged by new emerging research on various electrotherapy practices. Like any therapy – ‘dose’ is hugely important in deciding application methods. A solid understanding of physics and physiology is therefore required to improve cellular activity and promote healing. At Matrix we use an assortment of ultrasound, electrical stimulation and shock wave therapy on site to augment tissue structure and promote healing. The mechanisms of action are complicated but this is aimed at providing a synopsis of action and typical injuries treated.

Shockwave therapy

Action – Full mechanism is not full understood but current evidence suggests increased cellular activity, reduction of pain and augmented soft tissue structure via inflammatory response.

Typical Injuries – Various tendon injuries such as; plantar fasciiopathy, jumper’s knee, rotator cuff injuries are most common, and can be treated well if calcification has onset.

Ultrasound

Action: – Accelerates haematoma (bruising) break down, increases cellular activity and metabolism, improves scar tissue functional capacity (Tsai et al 2006, Yeung et al 2006)

Typical injuries: – Acute soft tissue trauma (non fracture), Tendon ailments such as plantar fasciiopathy tennis elbow etc.

Clients rate us

Maddy Bolton
a month ago

Nick is friendly, engaging and professional. He has been really helpful in my recovery and I came away from every session feeling better than I had before. He has a holistic approach to physio and not only helped ... Read more

Muzna Sabeh
in the last week

I am so pleased with Nick. He has completely changed my life after my operation, I thought I wasn’t going to be able to walk properly again. It’s been 4 weeks and I am already so pleased with ... Read more

John O'Reilly
in the last week

A year of neck and breathing problems following a cycling incident, i booked an appointment to see Nick. After one appointment he got me breathing again! A few sessions in and, sorted out my neck issues and identified ... Read more

Dafydd Stonehewer
a month ago

Nick is an excellent physiotherapist. He was able to get to the root of the cause of my pain and set me up with a course of exercises that have vastly improved my condition and that I can ... Read more

Cariad Ubaid
a week ago

Nick is an excellent physiotherapist – he is approachable, highly skilled and knows what he is doing. He quickly identified the root cause of my knee issue and following a tailored program of exercises and series of treatment ... Read more