The general population has become familiar with the electrical stimulation treatment approach thanks to the mainstream market adopting its benefits. Most people do not know there are varying wave forms for different treatment approaches. Most are familiar with Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation or “TENS” which is a modality used to address pain by interfering with the conduction of pain signals. This method has been shown to also promote the release of endogenous opiates to help manage the pain. Other uses for this treatment include: stimulating the muscle pump to drain swelling, and even some studies have found low grade maintenance of muscle endurance.
Another treatment form of electrical stimulation is called Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation or “NMES.”This form of treatment can be used to assist in the recruitment of motor units and muscle in patients who have lost the ability to actively contract their muscles. Example diagnoses include stroke patients and Bell’s palsy.
Another common use application of electrical stimulation is an acupuncture-like application simulating the effects of acupuncture which uses a more focal low rate TENS. Research has shown that acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural endogenous opiates in order to inhibit pain and muscle guarding.
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