Electronic muscle stimulation is a physical therapy treatment that uses electrical impulses to make the muscle repeatedly contract and relax. These muscle contractions strengthen and repair the muscle and the pulses block the transmission of pain signals from reaching the brain.
Common sites for electronic muscle stimulation include the back, shoulder, and neck area, but there are many areas below the head that can benefit from this rehab therapy.
Electronic muscle stimulation works well for all kinds of soft tissue pain and injuries, ranging from acute injuries to chronic conditions. Th level of electric current transmitted to the affected area depends on the injury and its location. Your doctor may recommend purchasing your own electrical muscle stimulation machine if you are suffering from chronic pain.
This therapy primarily focuses on soft tissue which includes your muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, nerves and blood vessels. Your body’s soft tissue is vital for movement, stability, and support for other organ systems. An injury to your soft tissue usually causes pain and discomfort, and if severe enough, could need surgery to repair.
What to Expect
A trained specialist will apply several electrode patches around the injured area. These electrodes will we connected to the electronic muscle stimulation machine via a thin wire. Once activated, you may feel tingling or experience muscle contractions, often in patterns to make the muscles contract and relax repeatedly. A typical session can run from five to thirty minutes, depending on your injury or condition.
Depending on the reason you are utilizing this therapy, the specialist or doctor may recommend additional sessions or alternative therapies, including physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, or massage.
Electronic Muscle Stimulation in Centennial, CO
Are you interested in electronic muscle stimulation therapy or would you like to learn more? Contact Arapahoe Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center online today! We also provide chiropractic, acupuncture, or massage for soft tissue injuries.
BY: Dr. Friedman
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