Lehigh Acres E-STIM is generally prescribed as a part of a comprehensive rehabilitation program. We can use this electrical stimulation therapy to address chronic pain, reduce inflammation, and even help recover lost movement following a traumatic brain injury or stroke.
Our Specific Care Chiropractic team offers many Lehigh Acres treatments and services as a part of treating and rehabilitating a full range of musculoskeletal concerns. Each plan is personalized for the patient based on their own needs. Ask us if E-STIM therapy might be right for you. Call (239) 369-9109 to learn more.
How Lehigh Acres Electrical Muscle Stimulation Therapy Helps Patients
Many people are already familiar with electrical muscle stimulation (E-STIM) therapy, even if they know it by another name. They may use a transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation (TENS) unit for pain relief or know someone who does. These small units are popular for at-home treatment of lower back pain, joint pain, and more.
Like TENS units, the E-STIM units we use at our clinic include a machine that creates small electric pulses and electrodes that connect to the affected area of your body. Our trained therapists apply these electrodes in a specific arrangement based on your needs.
These electrodes send the pulses into the muscles and other soft tissues. The benefits of this treatment include:
- Increased blood flow to the area
- Encouraging healing
- Reducing pain
- Reducing inflammation
We also prescribe some types of E-STIM therapy for patients who suffer from muscle spasms or have lost movement or control of part of their body because of a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury.
When we stimulate the affected part of the body, the muscle or muscle group often relearns how to receive signals from the brain, and the patient regains muscle control.
What Happens During Lehigh Acres E-STIM Rehabilitation?
If our doctors prescribe E-STIM therapy as a part of your rehabilitation plan, you will undergo the treatment during your visits to our clinic. You may also receive chiropractic adjustments or learn physical therapy exercises to address your injury or condition.
When it is time to receive your E-STIM therapy, the physiotherapist will apply the electrodes to your body in a specific pattern to best reach the affected muscles. When they apply the current, you should not experience any pain. Most people describe the feeling as “tingling.” This therapy usually only takes a few minutes.
If you have tight muscles, spasms, or chronic pain, you may feel relief almost instantly. Patients who receive the therapy as complementary care can usually relax during this time. If you are receiving this treatment to help address weak muscles or loss of muscle control, your therapist will ask you to move in specific ways while sending signals to your muscles using the E-STIM machine.
Assessing Lehigh Acres Electrical Muscle Stimulation Therapy Progress
The Specific Care Chiropractic team continually assesses and reassesses patients. During your initial intake examination, we will diagnose your condition and establish baselines for your needs and goals. We also use this information to build your individualized care plan.
As you proceed with your personalized care, you will likely need more difficult exercises and different therapies. Our team will continue to monitor your progress and alter your rehabilitation plan as necessary to ensure you get the most out of your therapy.
Our goal is for you to rebuild strength, gain flexibility, and restore you range of motion, leaving our care in better shape than you were in before your injury occurred. We believe this is the best way to prevent future injuries.
When We Use Lehigh Acres E-STIM Rehabilitation for Patients
E-STIM can be a key component of a well-rounded rehabilitation program for a wide range of injuries and conditions that interfere with daily life. We use this therapy to complement chiropractic care and physiotherapy. Other therapies we use in the same way include massage, ultrasound therapy, and laser therapy. Many of our patients prefer these non-pharmaceutical therapies for pain relief.
E-STIM is most commonly prescribed for:
Lower Back Pain
If you have ever used a TENS unit, it was likely for lower back pain. This is one of the most common reasons why people seek E-STIM treatment. We prescribe it for neck and back pain and inflammation. It is often effective for our patients when used in conjunction with chiropractic and physiotherapy techniques.
If you underwent surgery to address a musculoskeletal injury, we may prescribe E-STIM to reduce pain and swelling early in your rehabilitation. It is generally safe to use near acute wounds, although we determine options based on the unique circumstances of each case.
We sometimes prescribe E-STIM to speed wound healing. By applying this type of therapy, we can increase the blood flow to the affected area. This means more oxygenated blood and nutrients are available to aid the healing process.
Injuries to tendons can cause swelling, pain, and other disabling symptoms. They often take an extended time to heal and become nagging annoyances for sufferers. E-STIM can reduce the pain and swelling, reducing the healing time.
When the fluid-filled sac that cushions joints becomes inflamed, E-STIM can help relax the affected soft tissues. This relieves pain and inflammation while increasing blood flow to the area to encourage healing.
Loss of Muscle Function
We may prescribe E-STIM therapy for patients with brain or spinal cord injuries who have muscle weakness, loss of function, or affected motor control. When used with other types of therapies, E-STIM can help the body relearn how to trigger affected muscles and regain muscle function.
Discuss Lehigh Acres Electrical Muscle Stimulation Therapy With Us Today
Specific Care Chiropractic is accepting new patients for E-STIM and other therapies at our Lehigh Acres clinic. We have someone available now to take your call and answer your questions. We can also schedule your initial intake examination during your call.