Electrical Muscle Stimulation + heat
Electrical Muscule Stimulation - Or what we call “E-stim” for short.
This is a therapeutic modality produces electrical currents (~4000HZ) that pass through the affected area of the patient. While there are lots of different electromodalities, and even take home options, more powerful machines can penetrate deeper than others and has a number of physiological effects that have therapeutic value.
Here at Elite Recovery we utilize Interferential Current mostly and there are 4 main clinical applications we aim to treat with it:
• Pain relief
• Muscle stimulation
• Increased local blood flow
• Reduction of edema (if present)
Increase in localized blood flow which can improve healing by reducing swelling helps remove damaged tissue and bring nutrients necessary for healing to the injured area. By stimulating local nerve cells can have a pain reducing/anaesthetic effect due to potentially blocking the transmission of the pain signals (pain gate mechanism) or by stimulating the release of pain reducing endorphins (opiod mechanism). Additionally some degree of muscle stimulation as muscle contraction can be achieved through external application of an electrical current, overcoming some of the muscle inhibition often caused by local injury and swelling.
If you or someone you know needs help on their road to recovery, give us a call at (331)-215-4919 or message us here for appointment availability!