Electrical Muscle Stimulation
What is Electrical Muscle Stimulation?
Electrical Muscle Stimulation is a special therapeutic form of electrical current. EMS is applied for the relief of pain, rehabilitation of injured tissues, and release of muscle spasm.
Small amounts of electrical current are introduced into the tissues. In the same way your body uses electrical nerve impulses to contract muscles, EMS uses electrical impulses to contract muscles. The difference is that in EMS, the muscle control comes from a source outside the body.
Muscle spasm, which is a partial, involuntary contraction of a muscle, can occur in reaction to tension, stress, overuse or injury. Temporarily taking control of the muscle contraction with EMS makes it harder for the body to maintain a muscle spasm.
Electrical impulses in EMS are also useful in blocking pain sensations, and may trigger the release of endorphins in the area being treated. This widely-used technique safely strengthens muscles, releases spasm and reduces painful symptoms.
What does Electrical Muscle Stimulation feel like?
Many patients describe the sensation as a slight tingling and then a relaxation of the muscle tension and related pain.
Why Electrical Muscle Stimulation?
• Reduces pain sensation and swelling
• Promotes more optimum muscle tone
• Assists the healing process