Electrical Muscle StimulationThe doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease – Thomas Edison
What is Electrical Muscle Stimulation?
Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is a comfortable therapy used for many purposes. It can be used to relax muscles, to reduce inflammation and pain in muscles, and as a training tool to develop strength and build muscle volume. It can also help relieve headaches, shoulder pain, neck pain, back pain as well as pain in the extremities. EMS has also been effectively used to treat pain and weakness associated with fibromyalgia as well as muscle wasting and atrophy resulting from nerve damage. Among other benefits, EMS has also been demonstrated to reduce or eliminate spasticity, or involuntary muscle activity, in multiple sclerosis.
How Does E-Stim Work?
Electrodes are first placed at the appropriate points on the patient’s skin. We begin the therapy with a low setting and increase the frequency until the patient has reached their comfort level with the electrodes. Then the patient is allowed to be in this relaxing therapeutic state for 10 minutes or longer, depending on what our chiropractor prescribes. By using a small amount of generated energy it mimics the action coming from the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract. The induced muscle contractions fatigue the muscles and allow them to relax, settling spasms. As the muscles contract and relax, excess fluid from inflammation is pumped out of the area. After a few visits, the inflammation in your muscles and nerves will be gone altogether or significantly reduced. Most of the time, we do not think of pain in terms of inflammation, but for the most part, that is precisely what causes pain.
Does EMS Hurt and is it Safe?
Patient comfort and safety is always our main concern. The electrical muscles stimulation current can be adjusted up or down to a comfortable setting. The patient is given a remote that can adjust the current down or turn it completely off if needed. In the 10-20 minutes of therapy, many patients fall asleep while listening to music with the lights off.
Electricity is actually one of the safest and most effective ways of treating pain and other illness, because it is associated with so few side effects. Electrotherapy delivers a small, pulsating current to a person’s muscles and nerve endings. This current causes the muscles to contract and then relax. Repeated stimulation allows the muscles to strengthen, relax, and feel less painful.
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In what way is electrical muscle stimulation useful for an athlete?
Electrical muscle stimulation is a new technique in improving sport performance, adapting the current to the specific needs of the individual athlete whether training or recovering. It allows us work the muscle fibers when we want, improves explosive strength, speed and resistance by utilizing specific programs without risk of injury. The intense load that neuromuscular electrical muscle stimulation allows us to take on does not suppose psychological exhaustion. It improves local circulation and helps relaxation.
Advanced Therapy For…
- Muscle Cramps
- Strengthening Muscles
- Tight, Restricted Muscles
- Tissue Inflammation
- Trigger Points
- Athletic Performance