There are two types of electrical stimulation therapies used in chiropractic care to treat pain conditions affecting your nerves or your muscles – transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and electrical muscle stimulation (EMS).
What is chiropractic electrical stimulation?
Chiropractors use electrodes to aim the electrical pulses at particular areas of the nervous system to block the transmission of pain signals being sent toward the spine and brain. The stimulation also works to boost the body’s production of endorphins which are natural pain relievers.
Do chiropractors use electrotherapy?
However, electrotherapy is mainly used by chiropractors to relax muscles, prevent muscle spasms, reduce pain, increase blood circulation, rehabilitate muscles and improve range of motion. There are three different stimulation devices that emit electricity, and each generates its own waveforms, frequencies and effects.
What is the difference between a TENS unit and a neuromuscular stimulator?
The main difference
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) machines stimulate the nerves exclusively for the purpose of relieving pain, whereas Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) machines are designed to stimulate the muscles for the purposes of strengthening and rehabilitating them.
Can a TENS unit be harmful?
TENS is generally regarded as safe. But it has risks just like any other medical procedure. For example, if the electrical current is too high or the electrodes are placed on the wrong part of the body, this can burn or irritate the skin. The “danger zones” include the brain, heart, eyes, genitals, and throat.
How often can you safely use a TENS unit?
You can safely use a TENS machine as often as you like. Usually for 30-60 minutes up to 4 times daily. TENS can provide relief for up to four hours.
What are the side effects of electrical stimulation?
Side effects include redness and irritation to the skin which typically clears with topical moisturizer in 24 to 48 hours. The electrical current may start off as a slight tingling sensation and build to a pulling sensation.
How many times a day can you use electroTHERAPY?
Use up to three times per day at a maximum. During each therapy, rate your pain before and after the session, 1 (low) to 10 (high) in order to gauge the true reduction of pain.
Can you go to a chiropractor for no reason?
It may seem counterintuitive, but we often advise getting chiropractic care even if you aren’t in pain. Why? Because it’s also a highly effective preventive modality, and if you can nip a problem in the bud and avoid it entirely, you save yourself significant pain and suffering down the road.
When is electrotherapy used?
Electrotherapy has been used to address chronic pain and chronic fatigue in general, as well as: Diabetic nerve pain. Fibromyalgia. Migraine headaches.
Why do chiropractors push supplements?
The only reason to sell supplements is to help patients. Any other reason is unethical and a chiropractor who is in it solely for the money is unlikely to bring the necessary attentiveness to treat patients.