Finding help with pain issues can be challenging for some people. Chiropractic care is often an effective solution. At Back & Neck Care Center of North County in Florissant, MO, we provide a variety of natural treatments options for different injuries and chronic pain conditions. One of these is electrical muscle stimulation. Our chiropractor, Dr. Jeffrey R. Stark, uses this method to alleviate pain and ailments in many areas of the body.
What Is Muscle Stimulation?
Electrical muscle stimulation, also called EMS, e-Stim, or electrotherapy, is a non-invasive, drug-free pain management treatment. This treatment supports the healing and recovery process by stimulating specific muscles. This electrical stimulation will prevent atrophy and helps to build strength in the muscles. This type of treatment works well in treating pain that results after an injury, muscle spasms, or post- surgery issues.
How It Works
Electrotherapy can be used for both strength building, muscle recovery, and pain management. Our chiropractor, Dr. Stark, will attach electrodes to the designated muscles. These electrodes will stimulate muscle contractions. These impulses are similar to the impulses that come from the brain to the muscles to signal movement. When used for muscle building and recovery, the electrodes are applied to the muscle.
EMS can be used for pain management by applying electrical impulses to nerves instead. The impulses will be targeted to specific areas of the nervous system. Using this method can help to block pain signals that are misfiring or over firing in the body. This treatment has also been shown to boost the body’s endorphin levels. Endorphins are natural pain relievers.
Conditions Treated with Muscle Stimulation
There are many different types of conditions that can benefit from this treatment. Conditions that can be treated include but are not limited to:
- Pain following surgery
- Chronic neck/back pain
- Spinal cord injuries
In order to determine if this treatment will work for your pain disorders, our chiropractor will perform a physical exam and diagnose you. In some circumstances, muscle stimulation is not recommended for certain patients. This treatment is not advisable for individuals with pacemakers or implanted heart devices. Electrical stimulation can affect the functionality of the devices. It is also not recommended for anyone with sensitive skin or for people who are pregnant.
Visit Our Chiropractor in Florissant, MO for Muscle Stimulation
If you are suffering from chronic pain, we can help. At Back & Neck Care Center of North County, serving Florissant, MO, our chiropractor provides electrotherapy and more to alleviate pain and help you heal. Call us today to schedule an appointment.