One of the first things someone asks when we tell them we are going to do electrical stimulation is “does it hurt?”
As long as it is done right anyway. This therapy is used extensively in our office with very good results. There are many different settings and applications that a modern electrical stimulation machine has, so you have to make sure that the person using it is fully aware of its potential and is risks.
Some of the benefits of Electrical stimulation are: decreased pain, decreased swelling and inflammation, decrease muscle spasms, increase in blood flow to the area to speed the healing process.
The Scientific definition of Electrical Stimulation (i.e. - E-stim, muscle stim) is:
Electrical stimulation uses an electrical current to cause a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract. By placing electrodes on the skin in various locations the chiropractic physician can recruit the appropriate muscle fibers. Contracting the muscle via electrical stimulation helps strengthen the affected muscle. The chiropractor can change the current setting to allow for a forceful or gentle muscle contraction. Along with increasing muscle strength, the contraction of the muscle also promotes blood supply to the area that assists in healing.