Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) is a popular treatment for back pain, neck pain, muscle tightness, and muscle spasms. EMS technology delivers effective, affordable pain relief that many people also find very soothing.
Electrical muscle stimulation, sometimes called e-stim or muscle stim, delivers light electrical pulses to the muscles surrounding the site of back or neck pain. This relaxes the muscles which can relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and decrease muscle spasms.
During this therapy, a patient lies down and the Village Chiropractic therapist places electrodes on the affected areas of the skin. When he activates the electrical muscle stimulation device, the pulses will be delivered for a short period of time, 12-20 minutes. The intensity of the electrical pulses can be adjusted so that the treatment is effective while keeping the patient comfortable.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration FDA has approved the use of electrical muscle stimulators when used by healthcare professionals to treat the pain caused by medical conditions. At Village Chiropractic, we use EMS to treat chronic back and neck pain resulting from a variety of conditions, sprains and strains, and automobile accident injuries.
The goal of chiropractic care is to help patients recover from pain and impaired muscle function without having to undergo surgery. Electrical muscle stimulation is often used as a part of the chiropractic treatment plan.
For many patients, e-stim is a treatment option available to provide relief from muscle pain, tightness, and spasms. Village Chiropractic focuses on e-stim because it is affordable, effective, essentially pain-free, and has minimal risk of any side effects. It is beneficial as a stand-alone treatment for some patients, and as a helpful addition to other patients who are being treated with combined therapies. Studies show that adding muscle stim with manual adjustments make the adjustment more effective and last longer for most patients.
If you’re looking for back or neck pain relief, chiropractic care including muscle stim is a conservative starting point that can help you avoid surgery (or lengthen the time before surgery is needed. It can also reduce the amount of pain killing medicines, prescription and non-prescription, that you may need to function regularly.