What is electrical stimulation?
Electrical stimulation is a form of therapy that uses electricity to stimulate contractions in your muscles. The goal is usually to maintain muscle tone in people recovering from injuries and conditions that limit the use of the muscles. This helps provide support for your body, which can reduce pain and improve your recovery time.
During an electrical stimulation session, your chiropractor will connect nodes from an electric machine to your skin around the painful area. The machine will then administer controlled bursts of electricity that force your muscles to contract and release. All you do is relax while the machine does all of the work. You may feel a little tingling, but there is no pain involved in this treatment.
What are the benefits of electrical stimulation?
Electrical stimulation offers several benefits for people suffering from joint and spine pain, including:
- Less pain
- Less tension
- Enhanced muscle tone and performance
- Increased range of motion
- Increased circulation
- Decreased inflammation
Who needs electrical stimulation?
Electrical stimulation can be used to treat several conditions affecting your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. By stimulating the muscles around the affected area, electrical stimulation is a great addition to many chiropractic care treatments. Electrical stimulation isn’t for everybody though. It may do some people more harm than good. This includes people who have any of the following:
- A history of seizures
- Conditions near the heart
- Conditions near the sinuses
- Conditions near metal implants
- Conditions near the fetus, if pregnant
Your chiropractor will examine your condition before considering ultrasound therapy. If there are any concerns about your safety, it will not be included in your treatment.
Are there risks?
Risks in using electrical stimulation are rare, but there are some complications you should be aware of, including:
- Allergic reaction
- Muscle tears