Electrical Muscle Stimulation is an accepted and proven way of treating muscular injuries. It works by sending electronic pulses to the muscle injuries. It works by sending electronic pulses to the muscle needing treatment: this causes the muscle to contract.
Electricity has been used to treat pain for over 100 years. Recent scientific studies have proven that electricity can reduce both acute and chronic pain.
What is it?
This is a type of medical treatment, which transmits small electrical impulses to target a specific area of the body to help repair tissue, stimulate muscles and increase sensations and muscle strength.
Electrical stimulation has been shown to promote the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers produced by the body.
It is derived from the square waveform, originally invented by John Faraday in 1831. It works by directly stimulating motor neurons which causes muscle contraction. It is widely used in hospital and sports clinics for the treatment of muscular injuries and for the re-education of paralyzed muscles, to prevent atrophy in affected muscles and improve muscle tone and blood circulation.
How Electrical Muscle Stimulation works
- Relaxation of muscle spasms
- Prevention or retardation of disuse atrophy
- Increasing local blood circulation
- Muscle re-education
- Immediate post- surgical stimulation of calf muscles to prevent venous thrombosis
- Maintaining or increasing joint range of motion
Electrical muscle stimulation is not suitable for the following patients:
- Patients with cardiac demand pacemakers.
- When the cause of the pain is not known or is not diagnosed.
- Pregnancy (unless specifically medically advised – or in labour).
- Epilepsy or certain types of heart disease.