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What is Electrical Muscle Stimulation Therapy (EMS)?

EMS is a physiotherapy modality that can be used to stimulate muscle contraction in an effort to control pain, strengthen muscle and manage inflammation. EMS uses low level electrical currents which are delivered to irritated tissues to reduce pain and facilitate healing. Electrodes are placed on the skin in specific locations to recruit the appropriate muscles. Patients experience a mild “tingling” sensation while the impulses stimulate the body to release natural pain relievers called endorphins. Contracting the muscle via electrical stimulation also helps strengthen the affected muscle and promotes blood supply to the area to help decrease inflammation and aid in healing. The setting of the current can be adjusted to the patient’s comfort level. This therapy is often used to treat acute or chronic pain, as well as strains or sprains of the muscles, joints, and soft tissues of the spine and extremities.


How long do the treatments last?

Treatment times vary depending on the need of the patient. Normal length of a treatment lasts anywhere from 8-15 minutes.





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