Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), is a treatment method using electric impulses to induce muscle contraction. This is a physical treatment method meant to reduce pain, swelling, and recovery time. Many patients visit our office to utilize this increasingly popular treatment wanting to treat their soft tissue injuries, muscle spasms, and even gain quicker recovery time from tough workouts. This method of therapy has gained quite a bit of attention lately, and for good reason.
How Does Electrical Muscle Stimulation Work?
With this treatment, electrodes are placed on the skin over the sore/affected area and the machine transmits an electrical current through the skin into the soft tissue or muscle. The level of current used depends on the type of injury or soreness, where it is located and how deep the therapy needs to be. All of these stipulations will be analyzed and administered by your professional Electrical Muscle Stimulation expert here at Springs Chiropractic. The electrical current provided cause the muscles around the injured area to experience very small but quick contractions. This stimulation is not painful whatsoever, but feels more like a tingling or prickly sensation in the muscle group. These sensations don't last but a few minutes and will definitely subside after the machine is turned off, or shortly afterward. Many of our patients who come in for this therapy actually enjoy the sensation and have been known to feel quite relieved after their session.
The purpose of the tiny contractions in the muscles is to make them tired and relaxed, relieving pain and muscle spasms in a quick spurt of time. In addition to the relaxation piece, EMS therapy triggers the release of endorphins into the body which, of course, is our body’s natural pain reliever. This treatment process has also been known to clear your body of metabolic waste so nutrients can be better delivered to the proper channels and the soft tissue with soreness or tightness can heal more quickly.
EMS electrodes simply stick to the skin kind of like a sticker, so the potential placement of these tools is quite extensive. There are many areas of the body where we can place these tools for treatment. Back muscles and neck muscles are probably the most common locations for EMS, but we have provided treatment to countless patients in many places of their bodies were injury or soreness occurred. Patients of all ages and athletic levels or injury levels have reeked the benefits of this chiropractic treatment and continue to return for general maintenance treatment as well. It works well for both acute and chronic pain.
If you have been struggling with pain or have recently suffered an injury, ask your local Colorado Springs chiropractor if electrical muscle stimulation therapy is the right treatment for you. Our EMS specialists on site at both of our Colorado Springs locations can help, so please give us a call today!