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THE BENEFITS OF CHIROPRACTIC WITH ELECTRICAL MUSCLE STIMULATION
The road to recovery can sometimes be long and challenging. Patients are eager to start feeling better and get back to their regular lives and favorite activities. Chiropractors have the important job of guiding patients along this journey. In order to help patients reach their rehabilitation goals as soon as possible, they utilize a number of “therapeutic methods”. One of these methods is known as electrical muscle stimulation.
How Does It Work?
When used to maintain or regain muscle strength, “EMS” works by delivering mild electrical pulses to the targeted muscle group. Chiropractors attach electrodes to the patient’s skin in order to stimulate muscle contraction. The electrical impulses imitate brain signals and the natural way that the body should respond.
To treat pain, electrical stimulation is delivered to targeted nerves. Chiropractors use electrodes to aim the electrical pulses at particular areas of the nervous system to block the transmission of pain signals being sent toward the spine and brain. The stimulation also works to boost the body’s production of endorphins which are natural pain relievers.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a type of therapy that aims to alleviate acute and chronic pain. TENS interrupts the signals of pain that injured tissues send through the nerves in the body.
Conditions Treated with Electrical Muscle Stimulation
- Chronic back pain
- Joint pain
- Muscle injury from trauma, disease or surgery
- Nerve inflammation
- Muscle weakness or atrophy
- Loss of motor skills
What Patients Should Expect with Electrical Muscle Stimulation
You may be a little weary to undergo EMS as part of your physiotherapy regimen. We can assure you, however, that it sounds much more uncomfortable than it is. Therapy generally lasts 9-15 minutes. During this time, you will likely feel a tingling sensation and experience a repetitive tensing in the muscle during therapy. EMS should never be painful.
During your appointment, the chiropractor will place small electrodes on the skin. The sticky electrode pads are situated around the area which will be targeted with stimulation. Wires connect the pads to the EMS device which delivers the electrical current required.