Evidence-Based Electrotherapy for the Rehabilitation Professional

This intermediate level workshop offers PTs, OTs, ATs and Chiropractors an opportunity to gain new knowledge through lecture and a focus on the hands-on application of electrotherapy, including acute and chronic pain treatment approaches. Participants will leave the course with a contemporary research-based knowledge of the contraindications, dosing and application of electrical stimulation based on tissue healing and desired therapeutic outcome. The workshop will include active lab sessions to reinforce the concepts of choosing treatments, waveforms and parameter selections targeted for specific impairments. Scenarios covered will include treatments to modulate pain, reduce muscle spasm, retard the formation of edema, and improve muscle performance.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Course Instructor(s)

Yorick Wijting


Yorick received his Physical Therapy degree in the Netherlands and his DPT at the University of St. Augustine, Florida. He has extensive training and practical experience in biophysical agents and teaches nationally and internationally to medical professionals on their therapeutic use. Yorick has been instrumental in developing the use of electrical stimulation by Speech Language Pathologists in the treatment of dysphagia. Yorick currently lives in California and runs his private practice in Gilroy, CA.

Financial Disclosure: Yorick receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of his live course(s) and royalties for the sale of his recorded course(s). Yorick is the author and an instructor for the VitalStim Therapy Specialty Program.
Non-Financial Disclosure: no relevant relationships exist

Joe Gallo


Dr. Joe Gallo earned his BS in Physical Education and Athletic Training and his Master’s in Physical Therapy. He also holds a Doctor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. He currently serves as Director and Professor in the Salem State University Athletic Training Program. He also held faculty appointments in various physical therapy and physical therapist assistant programs in his over 20 year career as an educator. Dr. Gallo is currently a Certified Instructor for the VitalStim® Therapy Specialty Program teaching NMES for the treatment of dysphagia. He has taught over 300 continuing education workshops to rehabilitation specialists across the United States. Joe’s research on electrophysical agents has been published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, and the Chinese journal of Sportsmedicine. In addition to his teaching and research, Joe has also maintained clinical practice in a variety of settings throughout his career.

Financial Disclosures: Dr. Gallo receives an honorarium for speaking/teaching live courses through CIAO Seminars. He also receives royalties for the purchase of his recorded courses and the purchase of his Ultrasound book.
Non-Financial Disclosures: Dr. Gallo uses modalities in his clinical practice.

Course Agenda

Day 1

07:30 - 08:00
Registration (Continental Breakfast)
08:00 - 09:30
Fundamental principles of electrotherapy
09:30 - 10:00
Instrumentation/electrophysiology lab
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 10:45
Neurobiology of pain
10:45 - 11:30
Electrotherapy for pain management
11:30 - 12:00
Pain management lab
12:00 - 01:00
Lunch (on your own)
01:00 - 01:30
Electrotherapy for edema management
01:30 - 02:30
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) to enhance strength recovery
02:30 - 02:45
02:45 - 03:15
Electrotherapy to improve motor control and ROM
03:15 - 04:15
04:15 - 04:30
Question & Answer

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • CIAO is an IACET Approved Provider
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (OT/COTAs)
  • This course meets PDU Requirements for NBCOT (7 PDUs)
  • CIAO is an Illinois Approved Provider for PT/PTA Continuing Education
  • CIAO is recognized as an Approved Provider for PT/PTAs by the NYSE Dept State Board for PT
  • This activity meets the continuing competence requirements for PT/PTA license renewal in TX
  • This activity is provided by the TBPTE Accredited Prov.#1602009
  • 7.0 Hrs PT/PTAs in IL, NY, TN(3308), TX(7 CCUs)
  • 8.0 OT/COTAs in FL (CE Broker #20-279021)
  • 7.0 Hours OT/COTAs, PT/PTAs unless otherwise noted below
  • 8.0 Hrs PT/PTAs in FL(CP101015730)