The Electrical Stimulation (E-Stim)
What is Electrical Stimulation?
Also known as Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), e-stim therapy is a form of treatment that uses electrical pulses to mimic the action of signals coming from neurons (cells in your nervous system). These mild electrical currents target either muscles or nerves.
How Does Electrical Stimulation Therapy Work?
The primary purpose of E-Stim therapy is to stimulate the electrical current that the nerves utilize to communicate to the brain. Electrode pads are placed on the patient's skin on their upper back, lower back and or any other area the doctor sees fit for the patient's benefit. The device is then turned on slowly as the electrical stimulation begins. Electrical impulses begin to contract the muscles allowing for repeated contractions, increased blood flow and repair to injured muscles and or nerves. It is also effective in improving the strength of muscles through the continuous cycles and contraction and relaxation. Electrical stimulation can block pain receptors from being sent to the brain, healing those nerves without the need for invasive surgeries and prescription medications.
What Should I Expect to Feel?
An electrical current will begin on a low setting and will be increased gradually to where the patient is comfortable. Some feeling tingling, a muscle twitch and or repeated contractions on where the pads are placed on the muscles.
How Long is the E-Stim treatment?
Typically a patient will be on e-stim for about 15 minutes depending on the doctor's recommendations.
What Does E-Stim Treat?
- back pain
- cancer-related pain
- joint pain
- muscle conditioning (mostly for athletes, such as long-distance runners)
- muscle injury from trauma or diseasenerve inflammation
- poor muscle strength
- spinal cord injury
- surgery recovery