Electrical stimulation, also known as electrical muscle stimulation or e-stim, uses the application of electrical impulses to nerves to facilitate pain relief, blood flow, and healing at the treated areas of the body. This approach is often used both as a way to treat injuries and as a way to minimize swelling and soreness after athletic workouts.
What Happens During an Electrical Stimulation Appointment?
During your e-stim appointment, your provider will apply electrodes on adhesive
pads around the area of your body that is receiving treatment. These electrodes are connected to a machine that delivers the electric impulses to the desired area. Pulse strength can vary depending upon how deep the electrical pulses need to go to treat your condition. However, this process only uses tiny pulses and is not painful.
What Conditions Does Electrical Stimulation Treat?
Electrical stimulation is ideal for facilitating the healing of a wide array of injuries. Conditions that often respond favorably to e-stim include the following:
- Neurological conditions, such as a stroke
- Acute sports-related or auto accident-related injuries
- Muscle strains
- Ligament sprains
- Repetitive stress injuries