Electrical Muscle Stimulation
Electric Muscle Stimulation, also known as EMS, is a therapeutic technique that involves the use of electrical currents to stimulate muscle contractions.
Electrodes are placed on the skin over targeted muscles groups. These electrodes are connected to a device that delivers a controlled low level electrical current to the muscles. The intensity and frequency of the impulses are adjusted based on the specific needs of the patient.
The primary goal of electrical muscle stimulation include:
Muscle Relaxation – For reducing muscle spasms, tightness and promoting relaxation in the treated muscles.
Pain Reduction– Relaxing muscles and promoting the release of endorphins (natural pain relievers) for pain relief
Improved Circulation– The stimulation of muscle contractions can enhance blood flow to the treated area, facilitating in nutrient delivery and removal of waste products
Muscle Rehabilitation– Strengthens weakened muscles and helps prevent atrophy
What Does EMS Feel Like?
EMS is a pain free treatment that is generally felt as a slight tingling sensation. As the electrical impulses reach the muscles, they can cause contractions. These muscles contractions may feel like a mild pulling, twitching or pulsing sensation. As your body accommodates this muscle excitation, the intensity of your treatment may be slightly increased for maximum effect during the course of your 5- to 10-minute treatment.