Electrotherapy Explained

Principles and Practice


  • Val Robertson, PhD, Professor, University of Newcastle, Australia
  • Alex Ward, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Department of Human Physiology and Anatomy; La Trobe University, Australia
  • John Low, BA(Hons), FCSP, DipTP, Formerly Acting Principal, School of Physiotherapy, Guy's Hospital, London, UK
  • Ann Reed, BA, MCSP, DipTP, Formerly Senior lecturer, Department of Health Sciences, University of East London, UK

Electrotherapy Explained is an excellent research-based exploration of the major types of electrophysical agents used in clinical practice, particularly human and also animal. For the fourth edition, two new authors join the writing team, presenting the latest information for today's clinicians. The text has been completely updated with a major rewrite of the material, particularly that on electrical stimulation. This book continues to focus on evidence: clinical and biophysical evidence that affects how and which electrotherapies may be of use clinically and when. The inclusion of biophysics as well as clinical evidence and principles of application, enables clinicians to move away from traditional ‘recipe-based' approaches and rely more on their own clinical reasoning. The focus remains on humans but the relevance of the principles for using and applying different modalities is explained clearly, providing guidelines for clinicians across disciplines and specialties.
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Book information

  • Published: May 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-8843-7

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Background Biophysics And Physiology
3. Electrical Stimulation - Currents And Parameters
4. Effects Of Electrical Stimulation
5. Motor Electrical Stimulation
6. Sensory Stimulation And Other Uses
7. Risk Management
8. Biofeedback
9. Ultrasound
10. Heat And Cold
11. Therapeutic Conduction Heating
12. Cold Therapy
13. Electromagnetic Fields: Shortwave
14. Electromagnetic Radiation
15. Microwave Diathermy
16. Infrared And Visible Radiation
17. Ultraviolet Radiation