How Does Electrical Stimulation Work?

How Does Electrical Stimulation Work?

You might be aware that you need physical therapy, but you might not realize you have options when it comes to the type of treatments involved in physical therapy. 

Some treatment plans, for example, are more active and exercise-based, while others don’t require much from you at all. 

Here at AllCare Chiropractic, our team offers a variety of approaches to physical therapy to help you manage your pain, recover from your injuries, and improve your health overall.

What is electrical stimulation?

Electrical stimulation is a type of treatment that may be a part of your physical therapy plan. It’s a passive therapy, which means it doesn’t require any effort on your part. It’s typically recommended to help repair injured muscles, relieve pain, and increase blood flow.

What can electrical stimulation treat?

Electrical stimulation works in a few ways. If you have muscles that are weak or injured, it can strengthen and rejuvenate those muscles by causing them to contract. In turn, the contractions lead to increased blood flow, which also helps restore your muscle strength.

Electrical stimulation can also help relieve pain by blocking pain signals sent from your nerves to your brain.

Under the scope of pain management and muscle recovery, electrical stimulation can help with:

If you’re having trouble with muscle spasms or inflammation, electrical stimulation could be a helpful remedy.

How electrical stimulation works

To start, we place electrode pads in the area that needs treatment. We then attach wires from the electrical stimulation machine to the electrode pads. 

Next, the electrical stimulation unit sends small and steady electrical pulses through the wires. You may feel a slight tingling sensation, but electrical stimulation should never be painful.

If you’re using electrical stimulation to treat your muscles, the electric waves signal your muscles to contract.

However, if you’re being treated for other types of pain, the electrical pulses target your nerves and block them from sending pain signals to your spine and brain. The electrical pulses also help to release endorphins, which are your body’s natural painkillers.

Next steps

If you aren’t able to complete an active regimen of physical exercise, but you still need physical therapy, electrical stimulation could be just the right treatment for you.

If you’re considering adding electrical stimulation as a part of your health plan, call AllCare Chiropractic at one of our convenient locations or book your appointment online today.

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