Electrical muscle stimulation treats a variety of painful, musculoskeletal disorders using low-voltage electrical currents emitted by a hand-held device. Delivered into damaged soft tissues by your Highland chiropractor, EMS promotes healing by regulating cellular electrical activity disrupted by disease or injury. In addition, an electrical muscle stimulator simulates normal chemical/electrical signals to initiate your body’s natural healing processes. New cell creation, increased blood flow and distribution of nutrients is also improved to facilitate repair of damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

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How Electric Muscle Stimulation Works to Ease Pain

When mild rates of electrical currents are distributed into muscles, they cause muscles to contract rapidly, creating beneficial chemical, physiological and thermal responses simultaneously. Patients given muscle stimulator therapy by their chiropractor in Greenville IL feel a soothing, tingling sensation as muscle cells react to stimuli and blood circulation within the damaged area increases. Inducing contractions actually fatigues muscles, allowing them to relax and moderate. In addition to alleviating pain, EMS also eliminates muscle spasms by “wearing out” muscles and putting them in a looser condition. During EMS therapy, endorphins flood the treated area which further helps reduce pain naturally.

Conditions Treated with a Muscle Stimulator Device

Your chiropractor in Carlyle IL recommends EMS to treat and relieve the pain, stiffness, and inflammation caused by the following:

  • Sciatica
  • Muscle spasms
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Connective tissue injury
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle atrophy (due to illness or lengthy recovery from surgery)
  • Tennis/golfer’s elbow
  • Sports injuries
  • Chronic wounds/ulcers slow to heal (stimulates cellular mitochondria to produce energy for tissue re-growth and healing)

By relaxing and contracting muscle repetitively, electric muscle stimulation improves muscle tone/strength, facilitates recovery from injuries and significantly improves your range of motion. Some people also prefer using EMS instead of massage therapy to ease both physical and psychological stress. The ability of a muscle stimulator to enhance blood circulation and provoke the release of endorphins has a powerful calming effect on your mind and body.

If you are interested in learning more about electric muscle stimulation therapy, please call your Integrated Medical Group chiropractor in Glen Carbon today at (618) 692-6700. We serve residents of Greenville, Highland, Carlyle, and surrounding areas.