Electrical stimulation is a therapeutic process used in physical therapy. This is the process by which electrical currents are used to treat various conditions. Electrical stimulation has found wide applications in the treatment of: Pain, muscle spasms, inflammation, bone fracture healing, healing skin incision, tissue healing, muscle atrophy and more.
How does it work?
Treatment involves placing small electrodes on the skin on the body where you have pain. The electrodes are electrically conductive devices. Glue is used to place the electrodes in place. The devices are then connected to a machine, releasing small waves of electricity. Low-level electrical impulses are delivered via electrodes to treat painful part of the body. How
Electrical stimulation reduces pain?
There are two popular theories on how electrical stimulation for pain management functions. One theory states that the electric current electrode launched interrupt messages about pain that comes from the nerves to the brain. The electrical activity of circulating blocks pain receptors. So if the brain does not receive any messages of pain from nerves, are not likely to feel any pain, too ,. Another theory states that
Currents released during electrical stimulation to increase production of endorphins hormone in the body, which relieves pain naturally.
Other uses of
Electrical Stimulation Electrical muscle stimulation Stimulation
Is extremely effective to stimulate muscles. It is mainly used by professional physical therapists in the early stages of an individual's physical rehabilitation following any injury that affected muscles. Treatment helps weak muscles to regain strength. Only after treating patients with electrical stimulation for some time, physical therapists recommend more intense exercises to help the muscles regain optimum power.
Muscular atrophy muscular atrophy
Is a syndrome characterized by reduced muscle mass and resulting from a number of medical conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, bone fractures, malnutrition, aging and more. Electrical stimulation is used effectively to prevent muscle atrophy effects. This causes weak muscles active. Osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis
Is a painful condition resulted from the joint tissue degradation. A number of studies suggest that electrical stimulation is a very effective component of physiotherapy for treating elderly patients who developed osteoarthritis. Great to improve mobility also helps to strengthen the knee extensor muscles. Preventing pressure
Electrical stimulation can reduce Sore
Risk of developing pressure sores in patients. Pressure sores are likely to develop in patients who use wheelchairs for a long time or remain in bed because of a physical disability. In these patients constant pressure is applied to certain body parts and injuries are likely to develop. Electrical stimulation is really beneficial in treating this condition. Fixing
Beneficial effects of electrical stimulation:
stimulates muscles to contract
nerve stimulation reduces inflammation
to ease the pain
Increased blood flow to rapid healing
Improve flow of drugs through the skin for rapid recovery
electric currents emitted during the process are quite small. So there is nothing to worry that you will feel a great electric shock. You'll just have a little feeling warm or tingling sensation. It takes about 15 minutes to complete one session of electrical stimulation. However, physical therapist is best to decide the frequency of treatment, depending on the intensity of pain or other symptoms you are suffering. Let the therapist to decide if you need physical therapy electrical stimulation treatment.
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