Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is a treatment method used to reduce pain, swelling, and recovery time. This popular treatment works well for soft tissue injuries, muscle spasms, and athletes who want quicker recovery from workouts.

How Does Electrical Muscle Stimulation Work?

This treatment is performed here in our office and usually only takes a few minutes. Electrodes are placed on the skin over the affected area. 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 requires. This electrical current causes the muscles to experience very small but quick contractions. During the treatment, patients may feel a prickly or tingling sensation; however, these sensations will subside shortly after the machine is turned off.

Electrical muscle stimulation causes tiny contractions in the muscles so they become tired and relax which relieves pain and muscle spasms. Additionally, it triggers the release of endorphins, which are our body’s natural pain reliever. This may also be why many patients seem to enjoy this sensation. The process is also said to clear metabolic waste so nutrients can be delivered more effectively and soft tissue can heal more quickly.

Back muscles and neck muscles are common locations for EMS; however, there are many areas of the body that can experience the benefits of this treatment.

Electrical muscle stimulation works well for both acute and chronic pain. If you have been struggling with pain or have recently suffered an injury, contact Total Health and Injury Specialist in Decatur if electrical muscle stimulation is right for you.