If you are new to ICT, the thought of booking in for a consultation may be slightly daunting. So we wanted to share some insight into the appointment itself, and what you can expect when you book in with us.
So what should you expect from an Interferential Current Therapy (ICT) appointment?
After arriving at your chosen time, the therapist will introduce themselves and conduct a consultation process that lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.
This includes a subjective and objective procedure.
Subjective: A record of personal information is documented, alongside the cause of the injury or medical condition, plus a brief description of your medical history. This will ensure that it’s safe for you to receive treatment.
Objective: A check on active and passive range of movement tests will be performed on the area of pain, as well as special movement tests to further understand which structures in your body have been injured or damaged.
The therapist will then describe what ICT is in more detail and will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
A final safety test is performed by conducting a sharp/blunt sensation test. If passed, you will be made ready for therapy.
An initial ICT appointment lasts 20 minutes. All that’s required is for you to lay on the physio table and allow the therapist to place the ICT electrodes on the area of pain.
Patient and therapist communication is really key at this stage, as patients are encouraged to go as high on the ICT intensity scale as possible for the best outcome. The therapist will check on you throughout the treatment, ensuring that you are okay and getting the full benefit from the appointment.
To conclude the appointment, patients are given time to organise themselves, have some question and answer time with the therapist and rebook if they wish. For best results, it’s encouraged that patients book a series of follow up appointments available in our care package plan.
Remember that the benefits of ICT are to:
- Reduce pain or block pain for up to 6 weeks
- Promote blood flow to musculoskeletal structures such as tendons and ligaments
- Assist in rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injury
- Simulate a massage treatment
To book an ICT appointment, click here.