What is Electric Muscle Stimulation Used For?

Dr. Michael Wilson of Kosak Chiropractic in Fairfield, CA, recommends electric muscle stimulation to treat soft tissue injuries. Also known as e-stim, the therapy is typically part of a holistic treatment plan to address your pain, stiffness, and limited mobility. E-stim promotes self-healing in your body to shorten your recovery time and provide you with better health outcomes.

Conditions Treated with E-Stim

E-stim is used for several conditions that involve your soft tissues, such as a rotator cuff or Achilles tendon tear. It is also beneficial for people with muscular dystrophy and other chronic neuromuscular disorders. Dr. Wilson also includes e-stim in treatment plans for leg, foot, shoulder, arm, neck, and back injuries.

How Does E-Stim Work?

Movement of the human body is accomplished by releasing and contracting muscles in response to nerve signals from the brain. Your muscles work in unison, and some contract while others relax. E-stim simulates nerve signals with electrical currents to the target muscles. The currents are delivered at a specific frequency and intensity. Over the course of several treatments, your body develops new muscle fibers, and the muscles are longer and stronger.

Benefits of E-Stim

Some of the benefits of E-Stim include:

  • Increasing blood flow to help with tissue repair
  • Reducing the breakdown of muscle fibers due to inactivity
  • Building strength to reduce the risk of re-injury
  • Improving coordination, stability, and balance

What Happens During E-Stim Treatment?

Electric muscle stimulation is a painless procedure. The e-stim muscle contractions may feel unusual, but quite comfortable. Dr. Wilson applies electrodes to your skin along the affected muscles. He controls the intensity and frequency of the electric currents from a console. The treatment lasts five to 30 minutes. You may have some muscle soreness on the first day after the treatment. The sensation is similar to what occurs after a hard workout at the gym.

Chiropractic Care and E-Stim

Dr. Wilson may include e-stim as a comprehensive treatment plan for your condition. It may be combined with other therapies, such as spinal manipulation, massage therapy, ice pack cryotherapy, therapeutic ultrasound, and exercises. By integrating several approaches into your overall treatment plan, Dr. Wilson addresses the underlying cause of your pain and stiffness. He may recommend that you have several treatments during the first few weeks followed by bi-weekly or monthly treatment sessions.

Learn how electrical muscle stimulation helps your body heal faster. Call Kosak Chiropractic in Fairfield, CA, today at (707) 426-1111 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wilson.

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