E-Stim therapy uses moderate electrical pulses to activate injured muscles or manipulate nerves to alleviate back pain or any other musculoskeletal pain. It is a type of therapy that helps muscles regain their ability to contract and relax. This, in turn, reduces pain and inflammation, enhances muscular strength, improves physical function, and helps rehabilitation.
Depending on the severity and classification of pain different types of E-Stim are applied. Here we will take you through details of the E-Stim mechanism, classification, and its modality of reigniting back muscles.
How E-Stim work or benefit your back muscles?
To rehabilitate your back muscular strength; the EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) process of E-Stim drives the best results. However, for pain management, the TENS process of E-Stim is beneficial.
In the following ways, EMS works to rehabilitate your back muscles and relieve the health condition
- Back spasms relaxation
Back muscles can be relaxed by electric muscle stimulation, reducing tension and pain. The root cause of back muscle pain is stiffness and soreness due to postural problems, sciatica, and scoliosis. Hence, EMS relieves pressure on the sciatic nerve, muscles, or soft tissues.
- Works on atrophied muscles
E-Stims work effectively on atrophied muscles and rehabilitate them from the injured state. Broken bones, soft tissue injuries, spinal cord injuries, neuromuscular disorders, stroke, etc. can inhibit movement causing muscles to become weak. E-Stim can be used to keep these muscles active and prevent atrophy.
- Muscle retraining
A patient may have trouble contracting muscles at volition after orthopedic surgery or sickness (such as a stroke). E-Stim can be used for “muscle re-education” in certain situations. The muscle contracts involuntarily as a result of the electrical impulses. During therapy, if the patient concentrates on voluntarily contracting this muscle, the brain may re-learn how to do so without assistance.
TENS therapy, on the other hand, is typically used to alleviate pain (acute or chronic), not muscle function. Both EMS and TENS have been around for a long time. They are safe, painless, and have no negative effects when administered by professionals. These techniques, when used appropriately, can help with muscle recovery, relaxation, and rehabilitation as well as reduce pain levels.
Physiotherapy First, is one of the leading physical therapy clinics in Brampton technically using E-Stim to recover back pain and muscle spasms. Our licensed and experienced therapist has years of experience in using this technology and has a proven track record of recovering numerous patients with back pain.
How E-Stim therapy is applied to your back muscles?
Electrodes of E-Stim are connected to an electric stimulation machine and put around the affected area of your back or neck during E-Stim therapy. Our therapist will examine and find the exact location to place electrodes, which is safe and effective. Electrodes are frequently positioned near a muscle’s motor point to ensure proper contraction.
The exact location of the electrodes is determined by the reason for treatment and how deep or superficial the therapist wants the current to go.
The parameters of the electric stimulation equipment will be adjusted by our therapist to get a good muscular contraction with little discomfort. The duration of an electric stimulation treatment is approximately 5 to 15 minutes.
What is the mechanism by which E-Stim works on back muscles?
The electrical impulses sent through E-Stim reach the muscles and signal them to contract for muscular stimulation. Pulses that are directed towards the neurological system prevent pain signals from reaching the spinal cord and brain. The pulses also encourage the body to manufacture more natural painkillers called endorphins.
E-Stim works by placing small electrodes on the skin. The electrodes are little, sticky pads that should come off easily at the end of the session with no discomfort.
A number of electrodes are put around the therapy area. The pads are connected to the E-Stim device by wires. The E-Stim machine sends out steady streams of electrical pulses through the cables. The device could be as little as a cell phone or as large as a landline phone with an answering machine.
What are some of the conditions recoverable by E-Stim?
There are several musculoskeletal conditions that E-Stim can recover from. To name a few of those are arthritis, back or neck problems (including sciatica), bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, foot and toe issues ( plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, bunions, hammertoes, sore arches, peripheral neuropathy), multiple sclerosis, tendonitis, etc.
What to expect during E-Stim therapy on your back muscles?
Electrodes are strategically positioned around the therapeutic site. The electrical current will start out modest and progressively increase. The spot will give you a tingling, “pins and needles” sensation. You may notice a muscle twitch or contract repeatedly depending on the sort of E-Stim you’re using. Each session may take 5-15 minutes time. Just after the therapy patient may feel soreness or pain may increase. However, gradually it will relieve the pain and rehabilitate the injury.
Is there any risk associated with E-Stim?
E-stim has no side effects and is absolutely out of risk when done by a proficient and experienced therapist. It is highly effective in reducing pain and recovering inflammation, and injuries in muscles. Electrical stimulation is a treatment that is quite painless. While the treatment is being administered, you do nothing (or very little).
E-stim can be risky for persons who have a pacemaker or other implantable heart device. It is also not advisable for women who are expecting a child or are nursing newborns.
At Physiotherapy First, we have administered many patients with E-stim. They have successfully reported recovery in their back pain and musculoskeletal conditions.
To relieve your back pain or know more about E-stim therapy contact us now at https://physiotherapyfirst.ca/.
February 28, 2022
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