What is Diathermy?
It is a form of shortwave electro-magnetic energy used to raise the temperature of certain soft tissues below the surface of the skin.
How does Diathermy work?
Unlike a heat lamp, the Diathermy energy field passes through the softer tissues near the surface of the body turning into heat when reaching the more dense tissues below the surface. This increases blood circulation and can help speed the healing process.
What does Diathermy feel like?
It should feel pleasantly warm, but not hot. If treatment makes an area uncomfortably warm or you feel pressure, let your therapist or doctor know immediately.
Why is Diathermy used?
Diathermy is an effective form of adjunctive therapy. It relaxes muscles and connective tissue. It can help increase range of motion, reduce muscle spasms and cramping and make movement and stretching less painful.
Patient Benefits Include:
- Can help speed the healing process
- Dilates blood vessels for improved circulation
- Stimulate white blood cell production
- Increases metabolism
- Helps prevent adhesions and scar tissue
The healing warmth penetrates clothing and skin reaching tissues below the surface.