Often referred to as “muscle stim,” electrical muscle stimulation therapy involves low levels of electrical impulses delivered to the injured, painful tissues to reduce pain and speed healing. Often described by patients as a pleasant, “tingling” sensation, or “electrical massage,” these impulses stimulate the body to release natural pain relievers, called endorphins. These endorphins reduce pain and inflammation, thereby promoting faster healing of the injured tissues. This therapy is often used to treat acute or chronic pain, as well as strains or sprains of the muscles, joints, and soft tissues of the spine and extremities.Also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation, this therapy is intended to elicit muscle contraction. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved these treatments on a prescription basis for muscle re-education, increased range of motion, prevention of muscle atrophy and relaxation of muscle spasms. Often, the conditions that can be helped by muscle stim result from stroke, serious injury or intensive surgery. Other treatable conditions include tendinitis, bursitis, low back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. Our chiropractor will create a personalized plan using a variety of wavelength frequencies, including bursts of current or steady flows of current depending on your individual needs.
In our chiropractic clinic serving the Salt Lake City, Murray and Utah areas, we can diagnose muscle problems and, if it’s necessary, provide high quality muscle stim to help you become healthy and pain-free. We have found this to be particularly helpful with patients suffering from musculoskeletal injuries from damage to tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints, and even bones. This muscle stim therapy is an excellent drug-free alternative for pain relief as well. With our transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators, we can help block pain signals in your nerves and can encourage your body to release natural endorphins using low-voltage electric currents.
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