Electrical Muscle Stimulation
Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses. It can be utilized as a strength training tool for healthy subjects and athletes; it could be used as a rehabilitation and preventive tool for partially or totally immobilized patients. Conditions in which electrical stimulation is used may include:
Low back pain
For muscle weakness or poor motor control
If you are experiencing pain, spasm, inflammation, or muscular weakness, you may use this versatile modality as part of your treatment. Electrical stimulation may be used to contract muscles that are weak or not functioning well. E-Stim may also be used to help decrease pain or spasm.
The use of EMS has been cited by sports scientists as a complementary technique for sports training.
Ultrasound therapy is a treatment modality used to treat pain conditions and to promote tissue healing. While ultrasound therapy is not effective for all chronic pain conditions, it may help reduce your pain if you have any of the following:
Pain caused by scar tissue
Sprains and strains
How is Ultrasound Therapy Performed?
Your therapist will select a small surface area to work on for anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. Gel is applied either to the transducer head or to your skin, which helps the sound waves evenly penetrate the skin. During your ultrasound therapy treatment, your therapist will continually move the transducer head over and around the selected area.