Electrotherapy Updates

The Electrotherapy Updates programmes - which in themselves cover a wide range of options - are the courses that Tim has been running for the longest time and for which he is probably best known.

The primary aims of the study day is to provide a review of the current state of the art for the specific modalities on the list, and by using the available evidence, look at what the modality is, what it can (and can not) achieve, and to consider the clinical implications of recent research, including dose related issues where at all possible. Whichever modalities are on the list, the contraindications and associated precautions will be reviewed.

The programme is kept as clinically grounded as possible, and it is the intention of these study days to make the information as transferable as possible to clinical practice.

By the end of the session, the participant should have a fully updated knowledge of the modalities covered, should be aware of the evidence based and should be able to put this information to clinical use with immediate effect.

There are numerous variations around this common theme, with countless combinations of modalities that can be covered - depending on the needs of those hosting or organising the course. For the most part, these are theoretical update days rather than overtly 'hands on'. It is possible to run a 'hands on' programme - see the separate section on this web site for details : HANDS ON COURSES

Programme :

The normal programme in this section would cover 3 different modalities. It doesn't matter to a large extent which 3 are selected, though clearly some go better together than others. The most popular combinations would be something like:

ULTRASOUND / INTERFERENTIAL THERAPY / TENS

or

ULTRASOUND / PULSED SHORTWAVE / LASER

The other most popular modalities to switch in/out are COMBINATION THERAPY, MUSCLE STIMULATION (NMES), SHOCKWAVE and MICROCURRENT

Other modalities that have been covered at various sessions include BIOFEEDBACK, IONTOPHORESIS, RUSSIAN STIMULATION and numerous other variations around an electrical stimulation theme. HEAT and COLD therapies can also be covered.

It is possible to cover more than 3 modalities in a day but it gets VERY crowded and most people find it too frustrating as it is a massive rush to get one topic finished and onto the next one.

We can gear the content around a particular theme if that would suit - community physiotherapy or sports medicine for example.

Cutting back on the number of modalities covered enables a more in depth review with more clinical application examples. A whole day on a single modality is perfectly possible, and covering just 2 modalities in a day works very well indeed.

Some people go for a 2 day session during which we can cover most of the above (i.e. 8 or 9 modalities). It sounds like a heavy time, but it does allow the opportunity to explore the modalities to some more depth in that one you are on a roll, it gets easier (believe me!). Some people do the 2 day programme, but spread it out with say a couple of months gap between sessions 1 and 2.

The sessions are designed such that participants can ask questions throughout to get the very most out of the programme.

A typical update day programme can be seen HERE - but remember that it is an example rather than a prescriptive list.