Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is an umbrella term for several different electronic modalities. At Restore Chiropractic, we offer several forms of electronic muscle stimulation such as: IFC, Premodulated, Biphasic, TENS, BMAC, High Volt Galvanic, Microcurrent and fixed frequency IFC/Premodulated. The distinct benefits of each of these separate and distinct treatments are outlined below. When it comes to treating our patients here at Restore Chiropractic, we want to make sure that your treatment is tailored specifically to you and your physical conditions in order to provide the best possible clinical outcomes. Electronic muscle stimulation of all kinds is continuing to increase in popularity in the treatment of soft tissue injuries, muscle spasms, muscle atrophy post-op, and even for athletes aiming for faster recovery from workouts.
What can Electrical Muscle stimulation treat?
- Chronic/Acute muscle pain
- Ligament sprain/strains
- Muscle strain/strains
- Soft tissue injuries
- Tennis elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
- Post-operative healing
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
- Frozen shoulder
- Wound healing
How Does Electrical Muscle Stimulation Work?
These treatments are performed here in our office usually only take 5-10 minutes. We often incorporate electrical muscle stimulation therapies with other therapies including chiropractic adjustments in order to achieve the optimal outcomes for our patients. When you arrive at our office and after your chiropractic adjustment, muscle stimulation electrodes are placed on the skin over the affected area, the machine is turned on, and the doctor selects the correct form of muscle stimulation for you and your condition. An electrical current is then transmitted into the soft tissues (ligament, tendons, muscles, and fascia). The level of current used depends on the injury, location, and how deep the therapy will be. This electrical current causes the muscles to experience very small but quick contractions and depending on the frequency and stimulation selected the patient may feel a tingling sensation; however, these sensations will subside after the electrodes are removed, or shortly afterwards. We often receive positive feedback from patients who enjoy the sensation as it has an immediate pain relief and relaxing effect on the muscles.
Electrical muscle stimulation creates tiny contractions in the muscles, so they become tired and relaxed, relieving pain and muscle spasms. In addition, it triggers the release of endorphins, which are our body’s natural pain reliever. The process is also believed to aid in the clearing of the body’s metabolic waste so that nutrients can be more effectively delivered and soft tissue can heal more quickly.
Back and neck muscles are common locations for EMS; however, there are many areas of the body that can experience the benefits of this treatment. Restore Chiropractic often incorporates varying forms of muscle stimulation in the treatment and recovery of extremity injuries including wrist, elbows, shoulders, knees, and ankles.
Electrical muscle stimulation works well for both acute and chronic pain. If you have been struggling with pain or have recently suffered an injury, come into Restore Chiropractic and experience for yourself the benefits of muscle stimulation.