Patients present with a myriad of symptoms. While the primary purpose of a chiropractic adjustment is to balance the nervous system and correct the underlying cause of the symptoms, adjunct therapies such as electrotherapy may help achieve the desired results in less time. Electrotherapy is effective for the following symptoms: pain, spasm, edema, and muscle weakness.
The theoretical principles that support the use of electrotherapy for the treatment of pain will be explicated. This therapy will only decrease the patient’s perception of pain and should only be used in conjunction with a chiropractic adjustment. At no time should these therapies be used as a substitute for manipulation.