Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) or electromyostimulation, is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses. EMS in a chiropractic setting is usually therapeutic and not used as a cosmetic tool.
In medicine, EMS is used for pain control and rehabilitation purposes. For instance in chiropractic physical therapy, in the prevention of disuse muscle atrophy which can occur for example after musculoskeletal injuries, such as damage to bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons.
It may also be used to decrease muscular spasm or tight contractions which limit normal ranges of motion in the spine or other joints such as the shoulders or knees.
How Is Electrical Muscle Stimulation Regulated?
Electrical muscle stimulators are considered devices under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Under this law and the agency’s regulations, the FDA is responsible for regulating the sale of all electrical muscle stimulators in the United States. Therefore, firms must comply with appropriate FDA premarket regulatory requirements before they can legally sell their stimulators.
Most electrical muscle stimulators (EMS devices) that have been reviewed by FDA are intended for use in under the direction of a health care professional such as a chiropractor, doctor of osteopathy or physical therapist. If a company wants to sell EMS devices directly to consumers, the company needs to show FDA it can be used safely and effectively in that setting.
According to Wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrical_muscle_stimulation
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) certifies and releases EMS devices into two broad categories: over-the counter devices (OTC), and prescription devices. OTC devices are marketable only for muscle toning; prescription devices can only be purchased with a medical prescription for therapy and should be used under supervision of an authorized practitioner.
Chiropractic Electrical Muscle Stimulation In Raleigh, NC…..What Are The Bennefits?
- Relaxation of muscle spasms;
- Prevention or retardation of disuse atrophy;
- Increasing local blood circulation;
- Muscle re-education;
- Immediate post-surgical stimulation of calf muscles to prevent venous thrombosis;
- Maintaining or increasing range of motion
Elecrical Muscle Stimulation In Raleigh, NC…What Are The Risks Vs. bennefits Compared To Some Pain Medications?
Relative to the side effects that come with pain medications, NSAIDS and surgery which include internal bleeding, addiction, and death chiropractic care is comparatively safe and has low instances of side effects.
For instance Estim research shows that therapies used in Chiropractic clinics such as electrical muscle stimulation (ESTIM) can have a greater propensity to manage pain with less side effects.
ESTIM Cause of Death/Day 0
Occasional minor skin irritation
Estim Users Can
PAIN MEDS. Cause of Death/Day 41
Onset of relief 10-40 min
Duration of relief 4-12 hrs.
Build tolerance Yes
Opioid induced constipation
Nausea, vomiting, dry mouth
Confusion and depression
Decrease in activities of daily living
Reduce: Medication costs by 55%
Imaging costs by 32%
Imaging tests by 32%
Physical therapy visits by12%
ER visits by 6%
Increase local blood flow
Prevent disuse atrophy
Treat sub-acute, acute and chronic pain syndromes
Most beneficial for short term
Source: E-stem Research Long Term Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation Use Impacts On Medical Utilization and Physical Therapy Costs. Published March 1998 Clinical Journal of Pain, Clinical and Economic Impact of TENS in Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain Analysis of a Nationwide Database Published December 2013.
You may be a candidate for electrical muscular stimulation in Raleigh. Our office uses EMS successfully every day to treat pain and injuries. To learn more about EMS therapy contact our office and schedule an appointment.
We realize you have a choice in whom you consider for your health care provisions. If you, a friend, or family member requires care, we would be honored to render our services.
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