Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is a great option for those looking to reduce pain and increase physical performance. At Burnt Hills Chiropractic of Burnt Hills, NY, we offer this treatment and others for patients seeking optimal health and wellness. Dr. Brett Adams brings 10 years of diverse experience in strength and conditioning, nutritional counseling, functional movement, and chiropractic medicine. He specializes in helping patients achieve their best physical form.
What is electrical muscle stimulation?
Electrical muscle stimulation involves sending a light electric current into target areas of the body through pads called electrodes. This triggers the nerves, thereby causing the muscles to contract and relax rapidly. This has a variety of benefits. It stimulates the body to release endorphins, which relieve pain and leave you feeling energized. It can also correct muscle spasms and relieve tension. There are several different types of EMS, so talk with your provider about which is best for you.
Who needs electrical muscle stimulation?
Most commonly, EMS is used to speed up rehabilitation following an injury or surgery. For those whose muscles have weakened or atrophied, it can stimulate muscle growth and strength. Athletes often enjoy EMS for its ability to relieve muscular tension after hard workouts. Also, it's important to remember that electrical muscle stimulation is a supplement, not a solution. It's vital to engage in regular exercise or whatever else your healthcare team may recommend.
What to Expect from Your First EMS Session
At your first EMS session, you'll sit down with the provider to discuss your situation and what goals you hope to achieve with treatment. If EMS is deemed suitable for your unique case, you'll typically lie down on a treatment table, and sticky pads called electrodes will be applied to the targeted areas. A low-voltage electric current will be emitted from the machine, and you may feel tingling or the contraction of your muscles. The process is not painful. Sessions may last up to 20 minutes, and you'll be able to return to normal life right afterward.
If you'd like to learn more about electrical muscle stimulation at Burnt Hills Chiropractic in Burnt Hills, NY, contact our office today. Dr. Adams would be happy to meet for an initial consultation to discuss your situation and treatment options. Give us a call at (518) 399-2225 or request an appointment online by following this link. We look forward to hearing from you!