Electric muscle stimulation (EMS) is a treatment 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 Electric Muscle Stimulation Work?
This therapy is performed here in our office, and usually only takes a few minutes. Electrodes are placed on the skin surrounding the pain. An electrical current is then transmitted into the soft tissue or muscle. The level of current used depends on the injury, its location and how deep the therapy will be. The patient will feel a tingling sensation similar to when your arm or leg falls asleep. This therapy basically fatigues the muscles out so that they are forced to relax. It is a relaxing therapy and by far most patients enjoy it. We will also accompany this therapy with either a hot moist pack or an ice pack (depending on the type of injury we are treating and when it occurred.)
The reason for using this therapy is for decreasing pain and increasing circulation. When the area we are treating is stimulated, your natural pain reliever kicks in--your endorphins-and decreases your pain.
Electric muscle stimulation works well for both acute and chronic pain.