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Electrical Muscle Stimulation
What is Electrical Muscle Stimulation?
Electrical Muscle Stimulation is a special form of electrical current that is administered at the site of a soft tissue injury, especially muscles, for the blocking of pain, the relaxation of the underlying muscles, or sometimes for strengthening the underlying muscles.
How does it work?
Small amounts of electrical current are induced into affected soft tissues to decrease spasticity and reduce swelling. The applied electrical current supersedes the nerve signals going both to the affected muscles, relaxing them, and from the injured area back to the brain, reducing pain. This widely used technique safely normalizes muscle tone and helps reduce painful symptoms.
What does Electrical Muscle Stimulation feel like?
Patients generally feel a slight tingling sensation at first. Since your body may become accustomed to the initial setting, the intensity may be raised during the course of your 10-20 minute treatment, for maximum healing effect.
Why is Electrical Muscle Stimulation used?
Electrical Muscle Stimulation has been used as an effective form of pain relief. It is recommended in cases in which pain is accompanied by swelling, inflammation, and muscle spasticity.
• Reduces pain sensation
• Helps decrease swelling
• Normalizes general muscle tone
• Speeds the healing process