Chiropractic therapy has gone through a lot of changes in the past few years and has continued to include advanced technology in service offerings. It is no longer simply twisting and manipulating the body to regain proper alignment in the spine. There have been several technological advances in the equipment and techniques use in chiropractic care and treating body pain.
Electrical stimulation therapy (EMS), muscle stim, or E-Stim, is one of the more recent innovations in the world of physical therapy and sports medicine.
Family & Sport Chiropractic uses E-Stim usually in conjunction with a roller table before an adjustment on injuries that are affecting the muscles in order to shorten healing time. E-Stim is a chiropractic therapy typically applied to a patient who has a lot of pain or spasm in the area of injury or complaint. Additionally, E-stim therapy is used to relieve headaches, shoulder pain, neck pain, back pain as well as pain in the extremities. When E-stim is performed, mild electrical current is applied to cause fast contraction to the muscles. The fast contractions of the muscle experienced during this chiropractic therapy help to fatigue the muscle and allow it to relax, settling the spasm. The fast contraction also causes the body to release endorphins. The endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers, and so they help to reduce pain sensation to the area. E-stim gives the patient a tingling sensation, which for most is very soothing. We begin the therapy with a low setting and increase the frequency until the patient has reached their comfort level with the electrodes. Then, the patient is allowed to be in this relaxing therapeutic state depending on what our chiropractor prescribes.
E-stim is one of the many useful tools we use here at Family & Sport Chiropractic to ensure your adjustment is most effective.
Check out more information about our other equipment that may be used and/or recommended when you come in for your appointment:
Thuli Portable Drops
Omni Massage Roller
Lumbar Spinal Support