Electric muscle stimulation therapy, or neuromuscular electrical stimulation, is an innovative treatment that has been observed to even help people paralyzed by accidents to walk again. By stimulating the nerves connected to your muscles with electrical signals transmitted through the skin atrophy, pain, and swelling can be reversed. This method also often releases endorphins and other hormones that reduce pain directly to the site of the injury which can help deliver instantaneous relief in certain circumstances.
Some athletes use EMS to help them build muscle in specifically targeted areas by forcing the muscles to spasm and contract via stimulation of the nerves with electricity, but at The Back and Joint Clinic we use this practice to help patients experiencing pain get back some semblance of normalcy in their lives by helping to relieve that pain.
Most people don't associate being electrocuted with "pain relief" typically, but EMS is performed in a well-controlled environment and delivers much lower voltage and at a significantly lower rate in order to safely stimulate the nerves and muscles and provide relief. If you have doubts or concerns about the practice ask Mark Barcewski D.C. if this treatment might be beneficial for you!