Does Electrical Stimulation Therapy Reduce Inflammation?

The nervous system communicates with the immune system and regulates inflammation throughout the body. When the immune system triggers the body to release inflammatory cells, they heal damaged tissue and attack bacteria. 

What is Inflammation?


Sometimes, your body encounters bacteria, viruses, toxic chemicals, and other offending agents. When this happens, it activates your immune system. The immune system sends out inflammatory cells and cytokines which activate an inflammatory response to trap offending agents. 

The healing results can be bruising, swelling, redness, or pain. Sometimes, your body may send out inflammatory cells even when you are not injured or sick. In such a case, you have chronic inflammation that can also affect internal body systems. 

Types of Inflammation


Inflammation can either be acute or chronic. Acute/short-term inflammation usually goes away within days or even hours. Chronic/long-lasting inflammation can last for months or even years. 

Some of the conditions linked to chronic inflammation include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease

  • Cancer

  • Asthma

  • Diabetes

  • Heart disease 

Inflammation can also cause certain types of arthritis which include gouty arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Electrical Stimulation Therapy


Do you have inflammation due to an injury or specific health condition? If so, your healthcare provider may order physical or chiropractic therapy. Along with other forms of treatment, your doctor may recommend electrical stimulation therapy.

This is a form of physical therapy used to address various issues. The idea behind it is that electrical current can help improve blood circulation. It can also reduce inflammation, block pain signals, and strengthen muscles. The treatment involves the use of electrical stimulation to modulate the nervous system.

Why Physicians Recommend It


E-stim therapy can play a vital role in physical therapy. According to various studies, e-stimulation therapy can provide the following benefits:

  • Reduce inflammation

  • Decrease spasms or pain

  • Strengthen weak muscles

  • Improve muscle functioning




Are you experiencing inflammation, pain, or muscle weakness? If so, your chiropractor or physical therapist may use e-stim therapy to help you. It is a passive form of treatment, which means you do not need to do much during the procedure. 

You could experience some relief after one treatment session—though that will depend on the severity of your inflammation. If your condition is more severe, you may need several treatment sessions.

For more on electrical stimulation therapy, visit Wellness One Chiropractic. Our office is in Palm Coast, Florida. Call (386) 447-9930 to schedule an appointment today.

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