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Anne Gordon


Electric stimulation therapy is a therapeutic treatment that applies electrical stimulation in treating muscle spasms and pain. It can help prevent atrophy and build strength in patients with injuries. It is also helpful in keeping muscles active especially after any type of spinal cord injury or strokes.

Physical therapists and other medical practitioners attach electrodes on the patient’s skin, causing the target muscles to contract. With electric stimulation, the patient can maintain muscle tone and strength that would otherwise waste away due to lack of usage. 

Electric stimulation works by mimicking the natural way by which the body exercises its muscles. The electrodes attached to the skin deliver impulses that make the muscles contract. It is beneficial in increasing the patient’s range of motion and improves the circulation of the body. It is used in treating conditions like sprains, arthritis, back pain scoliosis, and sciatica.

Electric stimulation can be muscular, general and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). The muscular type of electric stimulation seeks to strengthen the muscles by reducing muscle spasms. Also known as EMS, this stimulates the skeletal muscle using electric impulses to cause muscle contraction.


Using electric muscle stimulation therapy not only provides effective muscle pain relief, but also other benefits for the musculoskeletal system such as:

  • It prevents and reverses muscle atrophy: When muscles are sore or painful, the affected individual will resort to limiting motion of the affected part. This potentially contributes to the development of muscle atrophy or shrinking of the muscles. Moreover, direct injury to the muscles can also lead to atrophy contributing to reduced functioning of the affected body part. In electrical muscle stimulation therapy, the electrical impulses stimulate the muscles and help them to relax and contract efficiently significantly improving the muscle tone, mass, and strength.
  • It offers fast muscle recovery for various injuries: For athletes and other people suffering from tissue injuries, electric muscle stimulation therapy can also be used to regain tissue healing faster than physical therapy. When electrical stimulation is employed, the muscles regain their mass, tone, and functioning easier, which enhances the rehabilitation efforts for various types of injuries.
  • It improves the range of motion: Individuals suffering from a reduced range of motion of joints can also benefit from electrical muscle stimulation therapy. The electrical impulses applied to loosen tensed muscles and tendons, which help the joint to become fore flexible. In addition, it also improves blood flow to an affected joint relieving inflammation and promoting tissue healing.
  • It offers stress relief: For those who does not experience muscle injuries, electric stimulation therapy can still be used for overall comfort and stress reduction. The electrical stimulation that improves blood circulation makes someone more relaxed similar to the effects of deep tissue massage.
  • It generates energy for muscle activities: Aside from its direct effects on the soft tissues, electric muscle stimulation therapy also has the benefit of generating available energy for the recovery of muscles for a more effective healing. The electrical impulses stimulate the mitochondria of the cells to generate energy for muscle healing, growth, and movements. Stimulating the muscles with small currents is a new, yet effective way to manage tissue injuries as well as for overall comfort and well-being. Chiropractors offer electrical muscle stimulation therapy to their clients depending on the need. Contact your nearest chiropractor for your electrical muscle stimulation therapy needs.

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