Electrical stimulation is an exceptional way to help the body in the healing process. This is accomplished by sending a very small electrical current into the affected soft tissue injury or muscle spasm. The therapy utilizes this current in an effort to help reduce swelling and release trigger points that may have the muscle “locked up”. It does this by helping the body to release natural relievers of pain, often referred to as endorphin. It can also help build muscle strength and prevent atrophy in patients with injuries. It is also beneficial in increasing range of motion and improving circulation to the muscles.
A physical therapist attaches electrodes on the patient’s skin through which electric impulses are delivered, causing the target muscles to contract. Electric stimulation mimics the natural way the body exercises its muscles.
This is a great therapy if there is a spasm in a back or neck muscle. It is also useful in alleviating injuries in many other areas of the body. It works well in relaxing the muscle and allowing it to return to its pre-injury state faster. This treatment is quite effective at facilitating healing from both acute and chronic pain.
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