What is E-Stim?
Usually referred to as “electric stim” or “STIM”, it goes by many other names and there are different types and reasons for using this modality. Electric muscle stimulation mimics the body’s nervous system by sending safe, low frequency electrical pulses to the affected area, causing the muscle to contract and increasing temperature and blood circulation. By utilizing and encouraging the body’s natural healing mechanisms, STIM and similar therapies can drastically reduce the dependence on medications and unnecessary surgeries and resolve the symptoms of underlying causes.
To start, four sticky conducting pads are placed around the treatment area. The intensity is then increased slowly allowing the current to flow through you to the opposite pads. This causes a gentle tingling that develops into a massage-like sensation as the frequency is increased. The therapy normally lasts ten minutes, often with the use of cold compresses. Patients should always feel relaxed and comfortable. STIM is intended to help, not hurt. The treatment improves healing in the area, causes the muscles to relax, releases chemical pain relievers and temporarily confuses the nervous system so that it is not able to transmit pain signals as well. In essence you get temporary pain relief and improved healing.
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