OFTEN USED TO HELP
- Acute Sports-Related Injuries
- Auto Accident Injuries
- Decrease Swelling
- Improve Motor Coordination
- Improve Range of Motion
- Increase Local Circulation
- Ligament Sprains
- Muscle Strains
- Neurological Conditions (Stroke)
- Prevent/Reverse Muscle Atrophy
- Provide Biofeedback
- Neuromuscular Re-Education
- Reduce Muscle Spasm
- Reduce/Eliminate/Control Pain
- Repetitive Stress Injuries
Our clinic frequently utilizes electrical stimulation in order to provide a variety of beneficial healing effects on our patients. Pain control and reduction is probably the most frequent reason for electrical stimulation usage. Specifically, this modality can trigger an innate and completely natural analgesic effect by stimulating specific sensory nerve fibers which both disrupt or decrease the sensation of pain and elicit the release of certain neurotransmitters which can prolong the pain-relieving effects.
The intensity of the electrical muscle stimulation or sensory nerve stimulation is easily modifiable and ultimately will only be as much as you, the patient, can tolerate. Typically, electrical stimulation will feel tingly or prickly (some patients describe it as a comforting “pins and needles” sensation). While individual units and modes of delivery can vary, the standard electrical stimulation device utilizes self-adhesive electrodes placed around the target treatment area on the body. These electrodes are connected via wire leads to the unit, through which electricity can pass and ultimately interact with sensory and/or motor nerves depending on the type of current used.
For more information, contact us at our Edgartown, MA office.