Muscle Stimulation Therapy
What is Muscle Stimulation Therapy?
Muscle Stimulation Therapy delivers a painless electrical current through the patient’s skin to specific nerves. The current produces mild heat that works to relieve stiffness and pain and helps to improve range of motion (mobility). It may be used to control acute pain and chronic pain. This type of therapy uses light electrical pulses that are transmitted to specific areas of the body through electrodes placed on the skin.
How long to the treatments last?
Treatment times will vary depending on the need of the patient. Normal length of a treatment lasts anywhere from 10-15 minutes depending on how acute the injury is.
What can I expect from the treatment?
While lying comfortably on the table, the practitioner will apply electrode patches to the patient’s body. The electrode patches allow the electrical current to move from one patch to the other. When the current is administered, the patient will feel a tingling sensation around the area that the electrode patches are located. This sensation is caused from the electrical current moving between the electrode patches which in turn stimulates the muscles. This stimulation is what causes increased blood flow to the area which promotes healing of the affected muscles.
Why is Muscle Stimulation Therapy used?
Muscle Stimulation Therapy is used for pain relief or to reduce inflammation, some for muscle spasm, and in some cases, cause muscles to contract in order to reduce muscle atrophy.