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Electrical Stimulation at Oxford Rehabilitation Center

If you are dealing with fibromyalgia, healing from an injury, or suffering from a condition that is affecting your life, then you may benefit from electrical stimulation, also known as e-stim. Electrical stimulation therapy has become a mainstay of physical therapy offices, chiropractic clinics, and other kinds of rehabilitation facilities. Here at Oxford Rehabilitation Center, we're proud to offer this advanced healing and pain management modality to Philadelphia residents.

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Principles and Purposes of Electrical Stimulation Therapy

Electrical stimulation therapy involves the transmission of tiny amounts of electrical energy through the skin via electrodes taped to the skin surface. Various types of electrical stimulation convey many benefits for healing or pain relief. Common categories of electrical stimulation therapy include:

  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS): TENS therapy uses just enough electrical current to influence nerves near the skin. The electricity is believed to reduce or block pain signals running through these nerves. It's commonly prescribed to ease acute injury pain, but it's just as valuable as a long-term, drug-free solution for chronic pain.
  • Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS): EMS calls on slightly more current than TENS because it aims to stimulate entire muscles, not just individual nerves. The current causes the muscle to contract repeatedly, adding to the effectiveness of muscle-building exercises. EMS can be extremely helpful for patients recovering from a debilitating health event that has left them with significant muscle atrophy. It can also help to rehabilitate soft tissue injuries.
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES): NMES combines the benefits of both TENS and EMS. This method stimulates both muscles and the nerves that serve those muscles. NMES can be used to help control annoying and painful muscle spasms. 

Part of Your Holistic Healing Plan from Our Philadelphia Chiropractor

Our Philadelphia chiropractor may recommend electrical stimulation therapy alongside other treatments and therapeutic techniques such as spinal adjustments, corrective exercises, and acupuncture. Electrical stimulation can prove instrumental in helping you fight such diverse issues as fibromyalgia, arthritis, back pain, the aftereffects of a stroke, acute and chronic muscle injuries, and neuropathy. It can even serve a wellness role by helping you condition your body for an upcoming athletic event.

Learn More About This Powerful Therapeutic Technique

Electrical stimulation therapy is a technique that can enhance your health. If you're ready to learn more about the benefits of electrical stimulation therapy, call Oxford Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia at 215-725-2000.

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