Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is a treatment method being used to reduce pain, swelling, and recovery time. This increasingly popular treatment works well for soft tissue injuries, muscle spasms, and even for athletes who want quicker recovery from workouts.
How Does Electrical Muscle Stimulation Work?
This treatment is performed here in our office, and usually only takes a few minutes. Electrodes are placed on the skin over the affected area, and the machine is turned on. An electrical current is then transmitted into the soft tissue or muscle. The level of current used depends on the injury, its location, and how deep the therapy will be. This electrical current causes the muscles to experience very small but quick contractions. During the treatment, patients may feel a prickly or tingling sensation; however, these sensations will subside after the machine is turned off, or shortly afterward. Many patients enjoy the sensation.
Electrical muscle stimulation creates tiny contractions in the muscles so they become tired and relax, relieving pain and muscle spasms. In addition, it triggers the release of endorphins, which are our body’s natural pain reliever. The process is also said to clear metabolic waste so nutrients can be better delivered and soft tissue can heal more quickly.
Back muscles and neck muscles are common locations for EMS; however, there are many areas of the body that can experience the benefits of this treatment.
Electrical muscle stimulation works well for both acute and chronic pain. If you have been struggling with pain or have recently suffered an injury, ask your chiropractor if electrical muscle stimulation is right for you.
Current is a form of electrical muscle stimulation therapy. The current
is usually applied with the use of four self-adhesive pads applied to
the area of interest.
Unlike a TENS unit, which is often used for pain control, Interferential Current promotes healing. It stimulates the production of our natural, pain killing endorphins and helps to relieve the stress so often encountered by those suffering with health problems.
Interferential current is a versitile tool. It is an excellent therapy for swelling or muscle spasms. It can be used to clear out the metabolic debris surrounding a sprain or strain injury. Interferential Current can be used to reduce or eliminate scar tissue or to strengthen aweakened muscle.
Many patients find their pain level greatly reduced by Interferential Current. Just like with TENS therapy, Interferential Current overrides painful nerve impulses to the pain sensing area of the brain.
In spite of all the heavy lifting done by this remarkable therapy, most patients describe the sensation while on therapy as a light, comfortable feeling.