Everything you want to know about interferential therapy.
Interferential Current Therapy FAQs and Answers
What happens during an interferential therapy session?
You are completely clothed during your interferential therapy session. Your provider will ask you to lie on your stomach or back on a therapy table. (Depending on the area being treated, you may be asked to sit upright in a chair instead.)
Your provider will then apply the electrodes to the area of the skin correlating with the targeted muscles. Then, the machine will be turned on the lowest setting. Your provider will ask you when you can feel the muscles contracting. The muscles should feel like they are gently contracting, but not “jumping” or causing a sharp sensation. Once the machine is set to your comfort level, the session will usually take ten to twenty minutes.
How much is an interferential therapy treatment?
Loehr Health Center’s clinical team takes a multidisciplinary approach to managing and treating spinal disorders. Interferential therapy is usually part of an individualized treatment plan that includes spinal adjustments with a chiropractor. The cost of interferential therapy per treatment is $25.
What are the side effects of interferential therapy?
Interferential therapy is a non-invasive treatment with minimal side effects. You will feel your muscles contracting during interferential therapy. Patients report a buzzing or tingling sensation on the skin.
The most common side effects from electrical stimulation therapies is due to an allergic reaction (about 2-3% of patients) due to the adhesive used to hold the electrodes in place or a conductive gel that may be applied to the skin. Notify your provider if you have a known allergy.
Notify your provider immediately if you feel your pain is increasing during an interferential treatment. Your muscles should feel like they are gently contracting. The feeling should be bearable and not painful.
- Interferential therapy is not recommended for patients who:
- Are allergic to the electrodes, gel, or tape
- Have a Pacemaker or implanted electronic device
Pregnant patients may receive interferential therapy at the recommendation of their provider using an alternate protocol.
Is interferential therapy covered by insurance?
Interferential therapy MAY be covered by some insurance plans.
For many other services at our office, we are in-network with various insurance companies. We will run your insurance benefits prior to your first appointment so that you know what is covered before receiving treatment.
How many interferential treatments are required to resolve my condition?
The type of and frequency of treatments that are recommended to you’re you achieve your health goals depends on the severity of your condition and pain level.
Your doctor will complete an exam and discuss any recommended diagnostic or lab tests needed with you at your first appointment. At your Report of Findings appointment (usually the second appointment), your doctor will review the results of your exam and any tests like x-rays, MRIs, and/or lab work.
At that time, your doctor will review their recommended treatments, the frequency of care, and the action plan.
What is your cancellation policy?
Loehr Health Center is committed to providing all of our patients with exceptional care. When a patient cancels without giving enough notice, they prevent another patient from being seen. Please call us at 417-887-8075, 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment to notify us of any changes or cancellations. If prior notification is not given, you will be charged for the missed appointment.