Electrical Stimulation is used in a variety of conditions to reduce pain and swelling, promote tissue healing, stimulate nerve or muscle function, biofeedback therapy and muscular re-education.
How This Therapy Can Help
For patients with spinal cord injuries, after suffering a stroke or surgery, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) can help prevent muscle wasting and build strength by stimulating the desired muscle or groups of muscles to cause a contraction. It is also beneficial in increasing range of motion and improving circulation.
Other uses of Electrical Stimulation / TENS are commonly used to treat those with chronic pain, muscle spasms, inflammation and swelling. E-stim is best used in conjunction with other physical therapy treatment strategies.
Electrical Stimulation Alleviates Justin's Ankle Pain
Justin is an iron worker and welder who injured his ankle and experienced severe pain — a 9 out of 10 on the pain scale.
During electrical stimulation treatments his pain level would decrease to 0/10 and it allowed him to walk with minimal to no pain immediately following sessions. He responded so well to electrical stimulation that he purchased a home unit to manage his symptoms.
How electrical stimulation helped others relieve their pain
In the beginning, I didn’t know what to expect. My initial problem was pain in the ball of my left foot. I tried expensive orthotics, bought different pairs of shoes, did research on the internet, even went to my physician. It wasn’t until my podiatrist, Dr. Cecily Tsuchiya, referred me to Moon Physical Therapy.
I thought, “How can PT help me?” But, Jan and Julie explained what physical therapy can do. Julie’s meticulous care and treatment helped in decreasing my pain from the first visit. She made sure I continued with my exercises and with the various treatments (i.e. – Ice, massage, electrical stimulation), I can now say that I am “pain free” by my 6th appointment (insurance covers 8 visits = 90-100%).
I can now do the activities were once limited by my pain. I can confidently say that Julie and her staff will make you feel better by your last visit and if you follow the treatment plan provided by Julie, you too, will be a success story. The insight I gained through my visits will help me relieve and manage the pain, if it re-occurs. Mahalo Nui Loa to Moon Physical Therapy.
– Gari-Vic C.O. Baxa
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