Our practitioners prescribe and perform Electrical Muscle Stimulation (E-STIM) therapy at our Marco Island clinic. E-STIM is used to promote healing, reduce pain, and may even help some patients regain mobility and movement after a brain injury. We prescribe E-STIM as a part of a comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation plan.
E-STIM is just one of the therapies we offer. Our full range of Marco Island physiotherapy and chiropractic services are available to address many sports injuries, chronic pain conditions, accident injuries, and more. Contact us today to learn more about our options for addressing your symptoms and treating the underlying cause.
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Understanding How Marco Island E-STIM Rehabilitation Works
E-STIM is a form of electrical stimulation therapy, also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES). When our therapists perform electrical muscle stimulation, they attach electrodes to the affected area in a certain arrangement. These electrodes attach to a machine that sends small electrical pulses through them and into the muscles and other soft tissues.
The goal of E-STIM therapy is to improve circulation to the area. According to Sports Medicine, the therapy could increase blood flow, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and help damaged tissues heal faster. It is sometimes used to treat wounds, too.
We also prescribe E-STIM therapy to patients undergoing rehabilitation for brain or spinal cord injuries. The electrical pulses, which generally are not strong enough to cause discomfort, may stop muscle spasms and help the body relearn how to control movement in affected areas.
Many Marco Island Patients Are Familiar With Some Types of E-STIM Devices
Many people who live with chronic back pain are already familiar with one type of E-STIM device. Transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation (TENS) units are commonly used for at-home treatment of lower back pain and other chronic pain conditions.
A TENS unit is one type of E-STIM device. They come in many forms and work in different ways. Some are much stronger than others or meant to penetrate deeper into tissues. Our doctors will assess your condition and determine which type of device will be used for your therapy.
How Our Practitioners Use Marco Island Electrical Muscle Stimulation Therapy
At Naples Community Injury Center, we generally use electrical muscle stimulation as a part of a well-rounded treatment plan focused on addressing the root cause of the patient’s symptoms with physiotherapy and/or chiropractic care. E-STIM allows us to provide additional help with symptom relief and healing as the patient advances through their rehabilitation.
E-STIM may be able to:
- Reduce the frequency and duration of chronic
- Lessen pain from an acute injury
- Reduce inflammation
- Relax tense muscles
- Stop muscle spasms
- Improve muscle movement and control
While many people worry E-STIM will hurt, most patients report it feels only slightly “tingly.” Many receiving the therapy for pain and inflammation relax during their sessions. It can provide quick relief for painful muscle spasms, too.
Those receiving the treatments after a brain or spinal cord injury may need to complete a series of exercises as a part of their therapy. This often includes flexing the affected muscles or making repetitive movements. Your therapist will direct you throughout this process.
Trust Our Team With Your Marco Island E-STIM Rehabilitation
The Naples Community Injury Center team has more than 60 years of combined experience helping people like you manage their injuries and symptoms, recover, and
gain strength and flexibility to prevent future injuries.
Our first meeting with every new patient includes an intake exam. We will take a health history, discuss your symptoms, and take X-rays or run tests as needed. We will diagnose your condition and create a unique, personalized plan to help.
We treat a wide range of injuries and issues, including:
- Work-related injuries
- Car accident injuries
- Slips and fall injuries
- Sports and recreation injuries
- Boat and pool injuries
As each patient receives physiotherapy, chiropractic care, and complementary therapies, our staff assesses their progress. This allows us to alter their treatment plan to ensure it continues to meet their needs and help them reach their goals.
When We Prescribe Marco Island Electrical Muscle Stimulation Therapy
Our practitioners use E-STIM therapy for a wide range of injuries and concerns. We believe in the effectiveness of these devices and use them for complementary therapy alongside chiropractic care and physical therapy.
When it comes to immediate results, physiotherapy and chiropractic adjustments cannot provide what our clients need. E-STIM often can.
Some of the most common reasons we prescribe treatment with an E-STIM device include:
Low Back Pain
TENS units are the most commonly used type of E-STIM device, and they are often used to reduce lower back pain. We also use other devices for this purpose. E-STIM can provide relief for chronic pain and improve mobility. This could allow you to participate in additional physiotherapy or help you recover following a physical therapy session.
Post-Surgical Pain and Wound Healing
We prescribe E-STIM after surgery and to help heal other wounds. This type of stimulation increases blood flow to the treated area. More oxygen and nutrients reach the wound, and this encourages healing. It is also effective for relief of acute pain following surgery or an injury.
When soft tissues such as tendons or ligaments suffer injury, reducing the inflammation can relieve pain and speed healing. E-STIM therapy penetrates into these soft tissues.
Bursitis occurs because of inflammation in the bursa, the fluid-filled sacs that cushion some joints. E-STIM relaxes the muscles, reduces the inflammation, and encourages healing.
Brain or Spinal Cord Injuries
E-STIM therapies can help address muscle weakness and improve motor control. These devices can trigger muscles by applying them in specific ways in the affected area. This therapy often includes completing exercises or attempting to flex the affected muscles as directed by the therapist.
Call to Learn More About Marco Island E-STIM Rehabilitation From Our Team
Naples Community Injury Center provides E-STIM therapy for a wide range of conditions at our Marco Island clinic. We can answer your questions and make your initial appointment today. Contact us now at (239) 631-5445.