Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

2018

Department

Physical Therapy

Faculty Advisor

Jennifer Bogulski, PT, DPT, OCS

Abstract

Shortwave diathermy is a modality that converts alternating currents into electromagnetic energy within the radio frequency. One use of shortwave diathermy (SWD) is to modify tissue extensibility in conjunction with manual physical therapy techniques. SWD acts on the target tissue by increasing deep tissue temperature, to allow for muscle relaxation and sedation of sensory nerves. This project is a review of current literature based on the efficacy of SWD to modulate tissue extensibility. In addition, parameters will be investigated to determine the most efficacious treatment application of SWD.

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