Reduce swelling and increase blood flow.
Electrical muscle stimulation, also called “e-stim” or “TENS,” is used to provide pain relief and muscle re-education. Adhesive patches with wires connected to the E-stim machine are attached to the painful body part to provide a gentle electrical current to the underlying muscles. When the desired muscle contractions occur, muscles begin to relax and start to reduce pain. The treatment itself is not painful.
Pain relief results from blocking the nerves that deliver pain sensations, as well as the release of the body’s natural painkillers — endorphins and enkephalins. A 2014 study on patients with moderate to severe pain showed that e-stim produced a significant reduction in pain severity.
E-stim is one of many therapeutic tools that we may recommend for your rehabilitation. It is useful for reducing pain from injuries to: