ELECTRICAL MUSCLE STIMULATION THERAPY
ELECTRICAL MUSCLE STIMULATION IMPROVES HEALING
Hummel Chiropractic offers electrical muscle stimulation therapy and it is often referred to as “electric stim” or”e-stim”. There are different types of e-stim and reasons for using this modality. The primary use of this tool in our practice is for muscle relaxation and pain relief.
To begin with, four conducting pads are placed around the treatment area. The intensity is then increased slowly allowing the current to flow through you to the opposite pads. This causes a slight numbness or tingly feeling in the area. The treatment improves healing in the area, causes the muscles to relax, releases chemical pain relievers and temporarily confuses the nervous system so that it is not able to transmit pain signals as well. In essence, you get temporary pain relief and improved healing.
E-STIMULATION IMPROVES RECOVERY
E-stim has been shown to improve recovery times. Some people are not candidates for electrical muscle stimulation. E-stimulation therapy should never be used with an electrical implant such as a pace maker, over the heart, or the front of the neck. You should not use e-stim over known cancer or infection, as it may increase the growth.
It is not recommended to use during pregnancy. Also, some people may be allergic to the adhesive in the pads and the skin may become irritated or develop a rash. So these health issues will be discussed with you and Dr. Hummel to see if e-stimulation therapy is the right treatment method for you.