Everything You Need to Know about Electrical Stimulation
No two individuals' injuries or medical conditions are the same. One person may have sharp pain but a full range of mobility, while the other may have extremely limited mobility but will not experience any pain at all. That's why physical therapy is such a valuable tool in the chiropractic world. It can be custom-made to fit every patient's unique needs.
One component of physical therapy that's especially effective for treating pain and a limited range of mobility is electrical stimulation or e-stim. At Maple Grove Family Chiropractic in Maple Grove, MN, we know electrical stimulation sounds a bit scary, so our chiropractors, Dr. Blomdahl and Dr. Zaker, want to shed some light on what it is and how it may be able to help you.
What Is E-Stim?
Electrical stimulation is a procedure that sends gentle electrical pulses through the body using electrodes attached directly to the skin in affected areas. It replicates the nervous system's neurons and the signals they send, and e-stim begins at a low setting and gradually delivers stronger pulses. Depending on the specific condition a chiropractor is treating, it can target either nerves or muscles by sending out signals at different wavelengths. A typical electrical stimulation session lasts between five to fifteen minutes.
Many patients ask their chiropractor if electrical stimulation will hurt. The procedure should not hurt, though you will feel a tingling sensation. People who receive e-stim for nerve pain or muscle spasms experience immediate relief and are able to relax during the application. If, for some reason, you do experience pain, tell your chiropractor immediately so that they can make adjustments or suspend e-stim treatment.
Conditions That Can Benefit from Electrical Stimulation
Not everyone is an ideal candidate for e-stim, but it can have tremendous benefits for patients suffering from a wide range of conditions and injuries.
- Poor or limited muscle function, particularly after having surgery or suffering a stroke or cancer treatment
- Lower back pain
- Bursitis or tendonitis
- Chronic pain, such as that associated with spinal injuries, traumatic injuries, or fibromyalgia
- Trouble swallowing or dysphagia
E-stim at Maple Grove Family Chiropractic in Maple Grove, MN
If you're experiencing chronic or acute pain, recovering from an injury or surgery, or suffering from muscle weakness or spasms, talk to your chiropractor about electrical stimulation. At Maple Grove Family Chiropractic, we offer e-stim as part of our comprehensive chiropractic care services. Call (763) 777-5461 or contact us to schedule your appointment today in the greater Maple Grove, MN, area. We look forward to helping you become pain-free!