Electric Muscle Stimulation

Introduction

Electric muscle stimulation is a technique used by chiropractors to treat a variety of different conditions. It is used to control and relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and strengthen and tone muscles after injury.

The treatment involves using a controlled electrical pulse to cause muscle contractions to improve blood flow and release endorphins. The treatment can create a tingling sensation in the muscles, but it is a painless procedure.

What is Electric Muscle Stimulation?

Electric Muscle Stimulation uses small electrodes, placed on the skin, to send electric pulses to the affected areas of the body to relieve pain. These electrical signals mimic the signals transmitted by the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract in small, rapid movements.

As the treatment elicits muscle contractions, it works to reduce inflammation to the affected area by improving blood flow and loosening tight muscles that may be preventing the patient from performing a full range of movement, and allows the patient to return to regular activities sooner.

The rapid muscle movements also release significant amounts of endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller, so the treatment is also an effective method of pain relief.

The process is carefully monitored by the chiropractor, and the patient is encouraged to provide verbal feedback to ensure their comfort and the effectiveness of the treatment.

What Conditions Does It Treat?

Electric muscle stimulation is an effective treatment for a range of conditions. For sufferers of muscle spasms, the treatment works to fatigue the affected muscles through rapid movements, causing the muscles to relax. It is also beneficial for pinched nerves, or for sufferers of acute pain.

Electric muscle stimulation has also been proven effective as a rehabilitation treatment. Following surgery, or after a period of inactivity during recovery, muscles can lose some of their functionality through lack of use. Electric muscle stimulation can be used for improving strength and tone in atrophied muscles, helping patients recover faster. It is therefore recommended to patients who have suffered sports injuries or other traumatic injuries to musculature.

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