Electrical Muscle Stimulation Therapy
Electrical muscle stimulation has been used in one form or another for centuries. A modern form of it, also called EMS or E-Stim, is used for training and rehabilitation, and as a preventative tool. It stimulates muscle contractions to control pain, strengthen muscle, and reduce spasms and inflammation.
Electrical muscle stimulation is frequently used in chiropractic treatment. While it’s not considered a cure on its own, EMS can be very effective when we use it in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments and therapeutic exercise to promote healing throughout the body.
How Does Electrical Muscle Stimulation Therapy Work?
In the treatment of soft-tissue injuries or muscle spasms, E-Stim machines deliver a safe, low-level electrical current via a number of electrodes placed around the affected areas, for instance, the back of the neck, the upper or lower back, shoulder, knee, ankle, or wrist. The exact placement depends upon the reason for the treatment, as well as the depth of the electrical current we prescribe.
The electrodes send small electrical impulses that mimic impulses coming from the central nervous system, causing muscles to contract. The patient will feel a tingling yet soothing sensation, as intense as can be tolerated without causing burning, stinging, or stabbing pain.
The rapid muscular contractions experienced during this chiropractic therapy help fatigue muscles and allow them to relax, settling spasms. The contractions also cause the body to release endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.