Electrical Muscle Stimulator

Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is a type of electrotherapy which stimulates a muscle contraction using electrical impulses in order strengthen weak muscles, reduce swelling, relieve pain and help heal wounds.

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES)uses high intensities that cause excitation of peripheral nerves to produce a muscle contraction.

The impulses are generated by a device and delivered through electrodes (pads that adhere to the skin) over the middle of the muscles that require stimulating. The impulses from EMS mimic the action potential (stimulus required to make the muscle contract) coming from the central nervous system. This causes the muscles to contract.

When do we use EMS ?

There are several uses for EMS and NMES which include:

  • Pain Relief : EMS can be used at low levels to reduce the amount of pain you experience. This can be done by modulating the amount of pain signals to the brain or releasing natural pain-killers called endorphins.
  • Muscle contraction : EMS can be used at different intensities to stimulate a muscle or help maintain muscle tone. Examples of this type of therapy include:
    • Following a stroke, EMS can be used to maintain some muscle tone in the shoulder to improve function and reduce pain.
    • To treat urinary incontinence, EMS may be used to contract the pelvic floor muscles.
    • Following surgery, EMS can be used to stimulate the muscles in the thigh to increase strength.

Benefits of EMS

Benefits of EMS include:

  • Decreasing pain
  • Promote tissue healing
  • Increase muscle strength
  • Maintaining and regaining muscle activity

We also use electrical muscle stimulation in the treatment of neurological conditions like Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis & Cerebral Palsy to decrease spasticity & help maintain muscle strength for as long as possible.