Electrical Stimulation


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.

We use Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) to decrease pain and encourage muscle relaxation. It works by interrupting pain signals that travel from the injured area to your brain.

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
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Joint Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Low Back Pain/Sciatica


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Need more information? Frequently Asked Questions

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. 

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. 

The length of an electrical stimulation treatment depends on the condition being treated. But is typically between 5 to 15 minutes. 

A prescription is not required for TENS treatment, but is required for Iontophoresis.

Electrical stimulation is a pain-free treatment. You will experience a slight tingling feeling as the electrical pulses are sent to the treatment area.