Electrical Muscle Stimulation
Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS) sends small amounts of electrical currents through the muscle. These currents are great for releasing locked up muscles or calming muscle spasms. These currents help the body to release endorphin, thus allowing the muscle or soft tissue to return to its normal state.
EMS can be used for a variety of conditions including:
- Chronic or Ongoing Pain
- Acute Pain
- Pain from Injury or Overuse
- Shin Splints
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Muscle Knots
- Leg & Hip Pain
- Sprains & Strains Sciatic Pain
In addition to these benefits, it is able to stimulate healing and promote the body’s ability to repair itself. This therapy is most effective for muscle spasms and tight muscles.
Interferential Therapy, or IFT, works in a specific way, using interferential low frequency muscle stimulation, as opposed to traditional muscle stimulation therapies. It is another means by which peripheral nerves can be stimulated. Often regarded by patients to be more acceptable, IFT generates less discomfort than some other forms of electrical stimulation.
There are 4 main clinical applications for which IFT is used:
- Pain relief
- Muscle stimulation
- Increased local blood flow
- Reduction of edema