Electrical stimulation therapy or e-stim is a procedure that employs an apparatus to relay moderate electrical pulses via your skin. It is a painless process that lasts between five to 15 minutes, depending on the reason. The therapy has several benefits that include:
E-stim increases your blood circulation by stimulating the nerve endings in the muscles. It helps remove waste products in the muscles and efficiently transport nutrients all over your body. The improvement in efficiency reduces fatigue during physical activities.
Most chiropractors use e-stim to help in muscle injuries of any kind. The procedure exercises the muscles, helping them gain back their strength. E-stim is especially beneficial to older people who need assistance with ordinary activities like dressing, bathing, and standing up from a chair.
The therapy is also helpful in muscular atrophy, where your muscles weaken due to inactivity. By exercising these muscles through e-stim, you can slowly build up your muscle strength and mass.
Edema is the swelling of your legs as a side effect of heart failure. It happens when there is an insufficient blood supply to organs in your body, causing them not to function appropriately. However, edema can also result from other health conditions like kidney failure and stroke.
E-stim helps quickly and efficiently remove waste products from tissues in your legs. It does this by increasing blood circulation. The result is a reduction of pain, swelling, and discomfort in your feet. It also improves the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to your extremities.
Unfortunately, athletes cannot spend their whole careers without injuries. Electrical therapy can help in strains, sprains, and fractures. The procedure promotes healing by increasing blood flow to the surrounding area.
More blood around the area brings additional nutrients and oxygen, helping the body heal itself. It also encourages healing by removing debris and waste products from the injury.
Spasticity refers to the pain and tightness that results from involuntary muscle contractions. This is the case after one experiences a stroke. They typically affect your arms, legs, and stomach. Electrical therapy helps relax taut muscles, resulting in less pain and discomfort.
One dreadful effect of back spasms is an excruciating pain that can make you unable to sit, sleep, or stand upright. By placing electrodes on specific areas of your back, a therapist can send subtle electric currents to help relieve the pain. The current helps contract and relax your muscles. Some physical therapists may recommend a portable e-stim device that you can carry or wear during daily activities.
Arthritis is when you experience swelling, stiffness, and discomfort in your joints. It makes it hard to move around effortlessly. It messes with the viscosity of the synovial fluid. E-stim stimulates the flow of blood to your joints, encouraging their lubrication. It boosts communication between your brain and spinal cord. It does this by improving nerve conduction velocity.
Shoulder subluxation involves the partial or complete dislocation of your ball and socket joint from the arm to the shoulder. E-stim helps prevent further damage to this area by increasing blood flow after surgery.
For more on the benefits of electrical stimulation therapy, call Wellness One Chiropractic at (386) 447-9930 to reach our office in Palm Coast, Florida.