Regardless of the type of injury you have sustained, the road to full recovery may be a long and challenging one. When you’re anxious to feel better and get back to your regular activities, your chiropractor in Oviedo, FL, understands your frustrations and can help you get back to feeling like yourself. In order to help you reach your rehabilitation goals, Dr. Robert Abraham utilizes a variety of therapeutic methods, including electrical stimulation. Here is a brief guide to what electrical muscle stimulation is and its benefits.
What Is Electrical Stimulation?
Electrical stimulation is a targeted treatment that can be used in combination with other therapies, such as massage therapy. This type of treatment helps to support the recovery process through stimulation of specific muscles in order to build strength and prevent atrophy. Electrical stimulation may be applied to help recover muscle strength and/or treat pain following spasm, injury, or surgery. Your chiropractor will use electrodes to direct electrical pulses to specific areas of your nervous system in order to block the transmissions of pain signals that are being sent to the brain and spine. This stimulation will also help to boost your body’s production of natural pain relievers known as endorphins.
Benefits of Electrical Stimulation
There are numerous benefits of electrical stimulation that can impact a wide range of conditions. Some benefits you may experience when visiting Dr. Robert Abraham for electrical stimulation may include:
- Quicker recovery - Electrical stimulation encourages blood flow to the injured area, which helps quicken the healing process. Following an injury that prevents you from moving body parts, this therapy, along with other forms of treatment from your chiropractor, can help promote contractions, which lead to muscle tone and strength to ultimately quicken recovery.
- Prevents muscle atrophy - Muscle atrophy often occurs following an injury or the result of various types of medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis. Electrical stimulation stimulates and contracts weakened muscles, which helps keep the muscles active.
- Pain management - If you are living with chronic pain, you can also benefit from electrical muscle stimulation. This form of therapy uses different wavelengths of electric stimulation that target the nerves in your body, thereby blocking the activity from the pain receptors from sending signals of pain to your brain.
You may be concerned about incorporating electrical stimulation into your therapy regimen. However, it is actually much more comfortable and relaxing than it may seem. Each therapy session typically lasts about 15 minutes, and during this time you will generally feel a tingling sensation and tensing of the targeted muscle. It is not painful and results are extremely beneficial.
To learn more about the benefits of electrical stimulation, contact Dr. Robert Abraham at CryoNext Integrative Healthcare in Oviedo, FL. You can reach us directly at 407-723-0090.