Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) is a treatment method used to reduce pain, swelling, and recovery time. This increasingly popular treatment works well for soft tissue injuries, muscle spasms, and even for athletes who want quicker recovery from workouts.
How Does Electrical Muscle Stimulation Work?
Electrodes are placed on the skin over the affected area. A mild electrical current is then transmitted into the soft tissues. This electrical current causes the muscles to experience very small but quick contractions releasing endorphins which are the body’s natural pain relievers. During the treatment, patients may feel a tingling sensation; however, these sensations will subside after the treatment is completed. Electrical Muscle Stimulation works well for both acute and chronic conditions.
There are several different types of Electrical Muscle Stimulation that can be utilized depending on your condition and can include:
Interferential Therapy is used to relieve pain and accelerate the healing process. It is a deeper form of Electrical Muscle Stimulation.
Interferential Therapy is commonly used to treat:
- Circulatory and Muscle Disorders
- Stiff Joints
- Joint Injuries
- Muscle Spasm
Microcurrent Therapy is a form of Electrical Muscle Stimulation used to treat patients with chronic soft tissue injuries and pain. Unlike other Electrical Muscle Stimulation Therapies, the microcurrents are very small, so you do not feel anything while the treatment is in progress.
Microcurrent therapy helps restore the electromagnetic field within your body so that the cells can return to normal function. This help speed the healing process. Microcurrent therapy has been shown to decrease pain, inflammation and muscle spasm.