Shortwave diathermy emits comfortable heat by generating an electromagnetic field which brings soothing relief for many patients suffering from back pain, spasm, bursitis, arthritis, and other musculoskeletal conditions.
How does diathermy work?
Unlike a heat lamp, heat pads and oily ointments – the diathermy energy field passes through the softer tissues near the surface of the body. As it penetrates into the more dense tissues below the surface it turns into a soothing heat that increases blood circulation and can help speed in the healing process. It should feel pleasantly warm, but not hot.
Diathermy also acts as a sedative to irritated nerves and induces relaxation and freer movement of muscles and ligaments. In addition to its healing benefits, diathermy helps make movement and stretching easier and less painful.
For instance, with an injured or inflamed joint such as sprained knees, hip, back, or frozen shoulder, the treatment objectives are to relieve pain, prevent stiffness, and restore restricted movement. Diathermy is frequently the most effective means for accomplishing these goals because the deep heat relieves the pain, relaxes the muscle fibers, and permits easier movement.
Diathermy also has a soothing and relaxing effect on the type of muscle spasms and contractures often seen in low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and some spinal disc problems.
Speeds the healing process
- Dilates blood vessels for improved circulation
- Stimulates white blood cell production
- Increases metabolism and waste removal
- Helps prevent scaring