Electrical muscle stimulation therapy is predominately used during the rehabilitation stage of your treatment. One of its ideal applications is for the prevention of muscular atrophy (the degeneration of disused muscle tissue).This can occur following injury to many parts of the body, including damaged bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Your body’s natural healing processes can be naturally accelerated, and electrical muscle stimulation is an exceptional way to accomplish this.
How does electrical muscle stimulation work?
This type of treatment involves passing a series of tiny, controlled electrical impulses directly through the affected soft tissues. These impulses (or “waves”) intersect within the affected tissues and provide low-frequency electrical stimulation to the damaged area.
The slight current prompts acceleration of your body’s natural healing processes, helping to reduce swelling and encourage the production of endorphins (your body’s natural pain relievers).
Electrical muscle stimulation helps to relax muscles and allow them to return to their normal states quite quickly by releasing the “trigger points” that are restricting them. Thus, this treatment is ideal for those struggling with neck or back spasms.
For many suffering chronic back pain, neck stiffness or sore muscles, whether chronic or acute, electrical muscle stimulation can provide relief from discomfort, even where other methods have failed.
Will it be comfortable?
Most patients describe electrical muscle stimulation treatment as a sensation similar to mild “pins and needles”. Sometimes, the feeling is accompanied by very mild muscular twitching – this is completely typical of therapeutic stimulation and shouldn’t cause any real discomfort. The majority of patients cite electrical muscle stimulation therapy as extremely beneficial.