Electric Muscle Stimulation: How does it work?
Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) is a tool used in chiropractic practices to contract muscles through electrical waves.
But how does it work, exactly?
A machine creates an electrical current which is sent through wires that are connected to adhesive patches. Placement of the adhesive patches is determined by the chiropractor based on the client’s needs. Once the patches are properly placed, the current is sent to the muscle tissue, creating a response from the body’s sensory and motor systems.
While EMS is relatively new, it is gaining popularity! There are many uses including strength training, rehabilitation, testing neural and muscular function, pain relief, and muscle re-education. Since technology is a fast-moving innovation, compact EMS machines are available for home use and can be easily managed by the client.
The next time you are in need, ask your chiropractor about EMS and see if it is the right course of treatment for you!
Dr. Valerie Fantino
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