- Electric muscle stimulation (EMS) can help treat musculoskeletal injuries or ailments.
- EMS is a common and effective way to:
- Relieve discomfort and pain
- Reduce muscle spasms
- Restore muscle tone
- Rehabilitate parts of the body
- Continue reading for more information on how EMS works, how it feels and other added benefits.
How Electric Stimulation Works
Electric stimulation works by attaching stick-on pieces of equipment to the skin and using the control unit to transmit currents to targeted muscle groups. The control unit is where the timer, sensory knobs and other devices are located to produce the electric current. Two lead wires and two to four neurostimulation electrodes are the tools that are attached to the skin to transmit the current. The machine may cause a number of unique sensations when turned on and applied to a specific muscle group.
How Electric Stimulation Feels
Some patients report feeling pins and needles, muscle twitching and/or a dull tingling. These sensations usually only last during the treatment, but there are times patients will feel them up to 30 minutes after the therapy session.
Added Benefits of EMS
There are many benefits to this kind of therapy. To start, it can help reduce edema (swelling) and expedite the healing process of injured or damaged tissue. Electric muscle stimulation can also help reduce chronic pain. Other benefits include:
- May improve joint pain and swelling
- Prevents and reveres muscle atrophy (loss of muscle mass/tissue)
- Enhances rehabilitation of muscles
- Increases range of motion for tense muscles or tendons
- Reduces stress and discomfort
- Improves blood flow and circulation