WHAT IS TENS / EMS?
Electric stimulation therapy is a therapeutic device that applies electrical stimulation in the treatment of muscle spasms and pain. It can help prevent Atrophy (i.e. muscle wasting) and build strength in patients with injuries. It is also helpful in keeping muscles active especially after any type sprain/ strain or spinal cord injury.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
There are many types of units out on the market. The most common is a TENS, which only modulates (i.e. decreases) pain. It’s like giving your muscle a Tylenol. There is no anti-inflammatory affect. EMS is more like an Advil. It helps move inflammation out of the inflamed area. Interferential current (IFC) is another form of EST. It uses very low frequencies to help move fluid and can safely be used all night. A specialized version of EMS is our H-Wave machine. Please see the tab labeled H-Wave to learn more.
WHAT IS IT USED TO TREAT?
The function of the unit is completely dependent on what type of machine is used. For example, an Amazon unit which may run $50 will not treat the same way a $2,000 medical grade unit will. Some units move fluid while others rehab muscle. The list is extensive, but our office uses this therapy mainly to calm inflamed and sore muscles, decrease muscle spasms, and increase muscle strength. One of our specialized equipment uses a sound assisted boost to drive the electrical impulses deep into the muscles. Patients often describe it as getting an electrical massage.
***Anyone who is pregnant should also avoid this treatment. Please consult with a certified medical practitioner before using this treatment at home.