Understanding the Use of Electric Muscle Stimulation and Ultrasound

Understanding the Use of Electric Muscle Stimulation

Electric muscle stimulation requires a minimum amount of therapeutic current and is highly safe and effective.  This procedure triggers the release of two natural pain relievers known as enkephalins and endorphins.  It also stimulates muscular contraction, relieves pain and muscle weakness, and increases the blood and lymph flow similar to gentle massage; reducing muscle spasms and passively exercising muscles without irritating inflamed nerves.

Treat time varies from 5 to 20 minutes although average treatment time is 10 minutes.  The intensity depends on the comfort and tolerance of the patient.

NOTE:  This treatment is not recommended for patients with fractures, any kind of malignancies, severe soft tissue damage, or pacemakers.

Understanding the Use of Ultrasound 

Ultrasound allows sound waves to safely be directed into the body to produce several therapeutic healing effects.  A gentle warming of the tissues occurs, producing a “micro-massage” that breaks down tissue deposits (scar tissue), increases blood flow to the deep tissues, and interrupts the pain cycle that occurs when nerves are irritated and muscles are in spasm.

Treatment time varies from 3 to 8 minutes although average treatment time is 5 minutes.  The intensity will vary from .05 to 3.0 watts/cm2.

NOTE:  This treatment is not recommended for patients with open sores, metal implants, pacemakers, brain tumors, or pregnant women.

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