E-Stim (Electrical Stimulation)

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Active Medical Center

Integrated Medical Clinic located in West Dundee, IL

E-Stim

Whether you’re recovering from an injury or dealing with the pain of any other condition, you may benefit from a physical therapy procedure called electrical stimulation, or e-stim.

E-stim may not be appropriate for everyone, but for many people this painless procedure accelerates recovery and provides relief from painful or uncomfortable symptoms.

E-stim uses electrical pulses to mimic the action of signals coming from neurons (cells in your nervous system). These mild electrical currents target either muscles or nerves. These pulses go through the skin to help stimulate injured muscles and manipulate nerves to reduce pain.

E-stim therapy for muscle recovery sends signals to targeted muscles to make them contract. By causing repeated muscle contractions, blood flow improves, helping repair injured muscles.

E-stim may be appropriate for the following conditions:

  • Back pain
  • Dysphagia (trouble swallowing)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint pain
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle conditioning (mostly for athletes, such as long-distance runners)
  • Muscle injury from trauma or disease
  • Nerve inflammation
  • Poor muscle strength