Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), sometimes referred to as e-stim is a type of massage used to relieve pain due to musculoskeletal injuries. The procedure is non-invasive and drug-free. It is used to remedy such conditions as sore muscles, muscle pain, low back pain, restore muscle tone, and post-surgical pain.
How is Electro Stimulation Massage Performed?
Typically, this type of massage is performed using a battery-powered or an electric device. The device has adhesive electrode pads that are placed on your skin’s surface on the target area. The device is then switched on to deliver mild electric impulses. As a result, the patient feels a tingling sensation. While these sensations normally last only during the treatment session, in some instances the patient may feel them even 30 minutes after the session.
This electric stimulation allows tight muscles to relax, making it quite effective for muscle pain relief. An electro-stimulation massage can be used solely or in combination with other treatments.
Benefits of an Electro Stimulation Massage
There are quite a number of benefits attributed to this type of therapy. Apart from expediting the healing of an injured muscle or tissue, other benefits include:
- Treatment for muscle atrophy – Muscle atrophy is a condition characterized by decreased mass muscle. EMS has been proven to prevent this condition by keeping weak muscles active.
- Treatment for muscle re-education – This can be used in rehabilitative settings and particularly where an injury has made it impossible to use certain muscles for too long. After several EMS sessions, the patient can move on to strenuous exercises that will help restore the injured muscle to its optimal strength.
- It improves blood circulation.
- It reduces joint pain and inflammation.