What is Electrical Muscle Stimulation?
Depending on your condition, a chiropractor or physical therapist may suggest electrical muscle stimulation treatment. For most, this term may not be familiar. Electrical muscle stimulation, or e-stim, is a low risk and minimally invasive treatment that can help with many different muscle-related problems. During this treatment, electrodes are placed on your body and electrical signals, or pulses, are to your muscles or muscle groups in the area. By sending these electrical signals, the targeted muscles will contract, more than they would on their own. By forcing certain muscles within the body to contract, and “work” themselves, your chiropractor or physical therapist will be able to promote muscle growth and recovery among other benefits. To speak to a chiropractor in Selden, NY regarding electrical muscle stimulation, contact Pernice Chiropractic today.
Benefits of Electrical Muscle Stimulation
Electrical muscle stimulation can be used to help with several problems relating to your muscles. By forcing certain muscles to contract your chiropractor can help you work certain muscles that you are unable to or are too weak to strengthen. E-stim also increases blood flow in the applied areas, increases your VO2 levels, and promotes various health benefits for your muscles. Below are some of the most common uses for e-stim:
When used properly E-stim can have many health benefits, more than we discussed here. With a chiropractor trained in electrical muscle stimulation, the risks are minimal. To speak with an e-stim trained chiropractor in Selden, NY, contact us and see how we can help.
What happens in an Electrical Muscle Stimulation treatment
Electrical muscle stimulation treatment is straightforward and simple and can last anywhere from a few minutes to upwards of 20. Multiple electrodes are applied to the targeted area, and the electrodes are connected to an e-stim machine. Electrical pulses are applied to the area, starting low and growing in strength to the desired amount that is required for your specific needs. You will start by feeling slight tingling, growing in intensity as needed. You may be asked to relax or contract your muscles depending on the type of treatment. There is no pain associated with this treatment, and if done by a professional there are rarely any side effects or complications. However, if administered incorrectly there are a few risks involved. These risks include:
A trained healthcare professional can minimize or eliminate the risks of using electrical muscle stimulation treatments. We advise you to make sure your chiropractor or physical therapist is trained in e-stim treatments. To speak with a chiropractor in Selden, NY that is trained in electrical muscle stimulation, contact Pernice Chiropractic to make an appointment today.