Electrical Muscle Stimulation is an exceptional way to help the body in the healing process. This is accomplished by sending a very small electrical current into the affected soft tissue injury or muscle spasm. The therapy utilizes this current in an effort to help reduce swelling and release trigger points that may have the muscle locked up. It does this by helping the body to release natural relievers of pain often referred to as endorphins.
This is a great therapy if there is a spasm in a back or neck muscle. It works well in relaxing the muscle and allowing it to return to its normal state rather quickly. Short therapy sessions are excellent at facilitating healing from acute and chronic pain.
What is EMS and What Can it Do?
Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS) mimics your body's nervous system by sending safe, low frequency electrical pulses to your affected area, causing the muscle to contract and increase temperature and blood circulation. Your body's natural process to repair injuries works with EMS to relieve common nervous system disorders, including constant headaches, numbness of limbs, back pain and neck pain.
By using and encouraging the body's natural healing mechanisms, EMS and can drastically reduce the dependence on medications and unnecessary surgeries while resolving the symptoms of underlying causes faster.
What Conditions Does Electric Muscle Stimulation Treat?
EMS is used to help treat and prevent a surprising number of medical issues. These include, but are not limited to:
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- connective and dermal tissue repair
- increase in the range of motion in joints caused by such problems as arthritis and injury
- muscle atrophy
- muscle spasms
- muscle tension associated with long periods of sitting, standing, or lifting heavy objects
- post-surgical muscle regeneration
- sports injuries
- tennis elbow
- ulcers and chronic wounds
At Lakeview Regional Chiropractic Clinic we are dedicated to providing our patients with solutions that work for their body. Since we realize everyone is created differently we only prescribe electric muscle stimulation to some of our patients, the patients who will benefit from this therapy. If you have any questions about EMS therapy or think you may be a good candidate for this therapy please contact either our Appleton, or Brookfield clinic to set up a private consultation.
Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) or electromyostimulation, is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses. The impulses are generated by a device and delivered through electrodes on the skin in direct proximity to the muscles to be stimulated. The impulses mimic the action potential coming from the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract. The electrodes are generally pads that adhere to the skin. EMS is both a form of electrotherapy and of muscle training.
EMS causes adaptation, i.e. training, of muscle fibers. Because of the characteristics of skeletal muscle fibers, different types of fibers can be activated to differing degrees by different types of EMS, and the modifications induced depend on the pattern of EMS activity. These patterns, referred to as protocols or programs, will cause a different response from contraction of different fiber types. Some programs will improve fatigue resistance, i.e. endurance, others will increase force production.