Electrical Stimulation

Electrical Stimulation Therapy Specialist in Huntington Beach CA

Physical therapists are one of the main points of contact for many who are looking for relief and treatment to help with their injuries. REPAIR SI, Physical Therapy will help you recover faster with our electrical stimulation therapy and help strengthen muscles, block pain signals, and improve blood circulation. Contact us today to learn more! For more information, please call us or request an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 7146 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647.

Electrical Stimulation Therapy Specialist Near Me in Huntington Beach, CA
Electrical Stimulation Therapy Specialist Near Me in Huntington Beach, CA

Table of Contents:

What is electrical stimulation therapy used for?
How does electrical stimulation therapy work?
What are the different types of electrical stimulation used in physical therapy?
What are the benefits of electrical stimulation?

What is electrical stimulation therapy used for?


More often than not, when you have an injury, your healthcare provider will recommend physical therapy to help you recover. While physical therapy uses many different forms of treatment, one of the most common treatments is electrical stimulation.
 
Electrical stimulation therapy is a certain type of physical therapy treatment that is used to help the muscles. By using the electrical stimulation therapy device, it will apply electrical currents to help strengthen the muscles, improve blood circulation, and block pain signals.
 
If you are suffering from an injury or illness that is causing pain or preventing you from moving around quickly, our physical therapists may recommend electrical stimulation therapy as a part of your rehabilitation plan.
 
Electrical stimulation therapy is used often in physical therapy for many reasons, including:
 
• Improve the muscles that have become weak or that are not functioning properly
• Help to decrease any spasms or pain
• Provide medication for any swelling or inflammation
 
If you are feeling spasms or pain, noticing inflammation, or muscle weakness, then our physical therapists will possibly use electrical stimulation therapy to help you.
 
A few of the medical conditions that can be treated with electrical stimulation therapy include:
 
• Post-surgical pain
• Lower back pain
• Tendonitis
• Bursitis
• Muscle weakness
• Poor motor control

How does electrical stimulation therapy work?


Electrical stimulation therapy, which may also be referred to as “E-Stim”, will use small electrodes placed on certain skin areas near the affected area. The electrodes are sticky, small pads that easily apply and come out without any discomfort.
 
There will be a few different electrodes that will be placed around the area that you are having issues with. There will be wires that are attached to the electrical stimulation device that will be linked to the pads to help control them.
 
Steady streams of electrical pulses will be delivered through the wires from the electrical stimulation device to the pads to provide muscular stimulation, which will signal them to contract.
 
Pulses of electrical current are aimed at the nervous system to block the transmission of pain signals from reaching the brain or spinal cord. The electrical current will also stimulate the body to produce more natural pain-relieving chemicals known as endorphins.

What are the different types of electrical stimulation used in physical therapy?


Two main treatments that provide electrical stimulation therapy are:
 
TENS
TENS is known as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. It is often used for long-term (chronic) pain and short-term (acute) pain.
 
EMS
EMS is known as electrical muscle stimulation; it is often used for the stronger current that the other electrical stimulation device is able to contract.
 
However, other electrical stimulation therapies are similar to what electrical stimulation therapy offers:
 
• Electrical stimulation for tissue repair
• Interferential current
• Neuromuscular electrical stimulation
• Functional electrical stimulation
• Spinal cord stimulation
• Iontophoresis

What are the benefits of electrical stimulation?


Regular stimulation has a few different benefits. Our specialists at REPAIR SI, Physical Therapy continue to stay up to date with the research that our services like electrical stimulation therapy provide. Electrical stimulation therapy provides numerous benefits that will improve your current health as well as flexibility. These benefits include:
 
• Stimulating muscular blood flow
• Increasing your strength
• Reducing any muscle pain
• Improving your psychological recovery
 
All of these benefits are received through the natural action of electrical stimulation. The entire process will increase the blood flow in the region and cause muscle contractions, which will improve strength and eliminate pain with blood flow and warmth.
 
If you are dealing with any pain, whether it be acute or chronic, and want a therapy option that will help deal with it as well as many other benefits, contact REPAIR SI, Physical Therapy today! For more information, please call us or request an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 7146 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. We serve patients from Huntington Beach CA, Fountain Valley CA, Westminster CA, Costa Mesa CA, Newport Beach CA, Midway City CA, and surrounding areas.