Electrical stimulation is a safe and efficient treatment choice for pain relief and rehabilitation.
An Electrical Stimulation (E-Stim) system uses self-adhesive electrodes that are mounted on the body around the target treatment area. The electrodes are then connected to the device through wire leads, through which electricity can pass through and communicate with sensory and/or motor nerves.
Does Electrical Stimulation hurt?
The short answer is no.
E-Stim can sometimes become a bit uncomfortable when used for muscle enhancement, but it should never result in pain.
Our trained medical professionals can easily adjust the frequency of electrical stimulation of the muscles or sensory stimulation of the nerves to your tolerance.
How does it work?
During the procedure, you will be asked to sit in a comfortable position. Our medical staff will prepare the target treatment area and walk you through the entire treatment step-by-step.
In a traditional E-Stim system, self-adhesive electrodes are mounted on the body around the intended treatment area.
The electrodes are then connected to the device through wire leads, through which electricity can pass through and communicate with sensory and/or motor nerves. The current you are given will depend on the form and intensity of your condition.
Some patients experience mild discomfort, such as a “tingly,” “prickly,” or “pins and needles” feeling.
Some of the most common conditions treated with Electrical Stimulation include:
- Auto accident-related or work-related injuries
- Muscle strains
- Ligament sprains
- Repetitive stress injuries
This therapy option is often prescribed for pain.
E-Stim can trigger a completely natural analgesic effect by stimulating specific sensory nerve fibers, which both decrease the sensation of pain and release neurotransmitters that prolong the pain-relieving effects.
Electrical Stimulation has a variety of other benefits, including:
- Provide biofeedback (aka improve body awareness)
- Improve range of motion
- Increase local circulation
- Decrease swelling
- Provide neuromuscular re-education
- Prevent or reverse muscle atrophy
- Improve motor coordination
- Reduce muscle spasm
- Reduce, eliminate, and/or control pain (both acute and chronic)
If you are interested in learning more about electrical stimulation, or if you think it might benefit you, please request a free consultation. Our dedicated medical professionals at Ohio Therapy Centers can get you started on the path to pain relief and recovery!