Recommended for: Pain relief, bad circulation, muscle tension

woman with electrodes on neck

Electrotherapy is the use of electrical energy to treat and prevent a wide range of ailments.

Electrotherapy is used in a variety of treatments in order to minimize pain, better circulation, restore muscle strength, and mend damaged tissues in the body. Electrotherapy is simple: E-stim (electrical muscle stimulation) pads are placed on the area of the body that is being treated, generally in groups of four, which are attached to wires connecting to a portable, battery-powered device. The pads connected to your skin are at all not painful and are easily taken on and off. Once attached to your skin, a short electric current is transmitted through the wire, stimulating the area of your body for therapy. This is a very simple and painless process, and there are very minimal side effects to electrotherapy. The sensation you will feel during this treatment is a tingling that goes on and off throughout the session, depending on the diagnosis. 

Electrical Muscle Stimulation is used to retract muscle tissues after injuries, surgeries, or areas with chronic pain. Specifically after a knee, arm, or leg surgery when there has been minimal movement of the muscles in a great deal of time, estim is used to get those muscles stimulated again without putting pressure on them by improving circulation and releasing endorphins that relieve pain. 

Not every electrotherapy treatment is used for joint pain and muscle tension.  Women suffering from abdominal pain or gynecological conditions causing discomfort use electrotherapy to massage the lower stomach in order to relieve aches.

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