What is Electrical Stimulation?
Electrical stimulation (e-stim) is used by physical therapists for pain management, healing, and movement. Small electrodes (sticky pads) are placed on the area being treated and send mild pulses to stimulate injured muscles or nerves to reduce pain.
Types of Electrical Stimulation Treatment at Renew Wellness
- Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is used to decrease pain and encourage muscle relaxation. It works by interrupting pain signals that travel from the injured area to your brain.
- Iontophoresis uses electricity to push anti-inflammatory medicine into the injured tissues. This treatment can help decrease inflammation, pain, swelling and edema with tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints, and subcutaneous tissues. It can also help reduce calcium deposits in the body.
Benefits of Electrical Stimulation
E-stim is beneficial in reducing pain, improving movement, and encouraging healing. Some of the most common benefits of electrical stimulation include:
- Reduce acute and chronic pain
- Increase circulation
- Decrease inflammation
- Improve range of motion
- Reduce muscle spasms
What conditions does electrical stimulation treat?
E-stim is typically used on patients experiencing pain, spasms, or inflammation. Here are some of the most common conditions we treat using e-stim at Renew Wellness:
- Sprains and Strains
- Muscle Weakness and Spasms
- Joint Pain
- Low Back Pain/Sciatica
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Need more information? Frequently Asked Questions
Are there different types of electrical stimulation?
Yes, there are several different kinds of e-stim treatments. At Renew, we use Transcutaneous Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation (TENS) to help with pain management. Iontophoresis is another type of e-stim that is used to push medication through your skin and into your body. It requires a doctor's prescription.
How does electrical stimulation treatment work?
TENS is a non-invasive and drug-free method of pain management. Small electrodes are placed on the skin in the injured area. An electrical current travels through the electrodes and into the skin to stimulate muscles or nerves. This results in a tingling or massaging sensation, which helps reduce the perception of pain.
How long is a treatment session?
The length of an electrical stimulation treatment depends on the condition being treated. But is typically between 5 to 15 minutes.
Do I need a prescription for electrical stimulation treatment?
A prescription is not required for TENS treatment, but is required for Iontophoresis.
Is electrical stimulation painful?
Electrical stimulation is a pain-free treatment. You will experience a slight tingling feeling as the electrical pulses are sent to the treatment area.