Chiropractor Questions Electrical stimulation

What is electrical stimulation?

The chiropractor I spoke to suggested electrical stimulation for my back pain. What is it and what does it involve? Are there any risks associated with it?

18 Answers

Your chiropractor should have answered those questions when they advised on that certain treatment. Electrical stimulation involves electrodes being placed on the body in specific areas that conduct a specified amount/frequency of electric current. The treatment involves, you, the patient, remaining still, and the chiropractor applying the pads and adjusting the settings on the machine. There are risks involved. Your chiropractor should/will go over those prior to beginning treatment with you to ensure your safety.
It is used for pain management. Electrodes are placed near the source of the pain and the electricity emitted stimulates nerves in the affected area and send signals to the brain that scramble normal pain perception. The treatment is not painful or risky.
There is typically no risks associated with electrical stimulation. There are some contraindications that they may establish. It involves some electrodes to provide stimulation of the muscles to help ease tension or spasms. A qualified attendant may also be used.
Electrical stimulation involves placing electrode patches on a specific area and applying minute electrical power to stimulate the muscle group. This therapy is beneficial in reducing pain and strengthening muscles. As with any therapy there are some potential risks involved, these risks are usually mild, but you should talk with your doctor to determine what risks if any you are susceptible to.
Electrical Stimulation is a soft tissue modality that is often used in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments, or rehabilitation for injuries. We use it in our office to reduce pain and muscle spasm, retrain muscular contraction and moderate inflammation. It uses electric currents to stimulate certain types of muscle fibers to activate. It is a very safe modality when used by a healthcare professional.
Many of us have and continue the use of EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) primarily to help rehab damaged muscles. More recent research has shown not much benefit and it is better to provide specific massage therapy and focused stretches and exercises to help get things back to normal. United Health Care recently said they will not pay for the therapy due to  the research. That being said, I have personally seen some relief using it when people have very severe muscle spasms but I have used it probably once on those patients and then, with my advice and other treatment, don't need it again.

Hope that helps,

Dr. Simone
This is typically performed by a physical therapist, although some chiropractors do provide this service. Stimulation is designed to reduce muscle spasm and inflammation.
Electrical stimulation is a term for several different varieties of therapies which stimulate tight muscles, overactive nerves, or both. The goal of electrical stimulation is to reduce pain and relax tight muscles, and it typically works well although the results may be short-lived. Many chiropractors will prescribe at-home models which can be very helpful for managing chronic pain and muscle tightness. The therapy itself is very simple and comfortable. There are few risks associated with it, and most of them involve interactions with surgical hardware so be sure to inform your chiropractor if you have any. Good luck!
Unless you have any open wounds, or metal inside that part of the body the risk is very low. The therapy involves putting electrical current through the body between the pads. It is beneficial for 3 reasons. 2. it will stimulate the muscles to contract so they will fatigue, 2. will help pump out inflammation from the area, and 3. the frequency that the current runs at will stimulate the body to produce endorphins in the area which will make it feel better.
Electrical stimulation is a physical therapy modality which uses electricity to accomplish several things with the muscles. With a low frequency, it can be used to pump out edema (inflammation). With a higher frequency(80-120Hz), it is used to tire out the muscles so that the spasms decrease in intensity. It works to loosen up the muscles of the low back well on some patients. Some patients don't have much of a response. It's absolutely worth a try, though, as long as there are no red flags (i.e., pacemaker). You'll feel a tingly feeling where the electrode pads are. After a few minutes, the feeling lightens up and the doctor can increase intensity. The intensity is always to patient tolerance.

Hope this helps,

Dr. Burdman
Electrical stimulation or EMS is a safe physical therapy muscle stimulation machine that is used to shock or stimulate a muscle in spasm to relax.
Some chiropractors use it before the manipulation to help the muscles to relax so that the adjustment might hold better. You should ask the chiropractor about its effectiveness or necessity in your particular case.
It is a modality of Physiotherapy which will help relax any muscle spasms and break up scar tissue. It is very mild and safe. You should not receive this therapy is you have a pacemaker or other similar devices.
Electric stimulation is the use of electrodes to help with musculoskeletal pain. It does 2 things: it uses electric current to prevent the sensation of pain, this is done because the electric current uses the same sensation pathway that pain travels; it also helps to overload tense or spasmodic muscles, or re-stimulate weakened ones.
There are several methods and techniques for e-stim with regard to pain relief. It does provide temporary relief for pain management and may also be effective when dealing with moderate to significant muscle spasms and trigger points. Very few risks if any (maybe not a good idea to use it on open wounds or areas of swelling and color change). 2 - 4 pads are placed on or surrounding the area of concern.
Electrical stimulation also known as electric muscle stimulation, EMS and stir is a passive modality used to decrease muscle tension, help the body produce its own pain relievers like enkephalins and in some instances build muscle do to atrophy. It’s a common supportive therapy used in chiropractic and physical therapy practice usually in the early stages of a care plan. It can’t be used over a pacemaker, over the low back or abdomen of a pregnant person or over an open wound. If you have very sensitive skin the pads that are used might be mildly irritating. It’s usually comfortable and some people do not like the tingling sensation it produces. Patients in my office have fallen asleep while receiving electric stimulation. I hope this information helps.
A small device that emits electrical stimulation to relax tight muscles and block pain signals. There are no risks
It is a modality that helps with muscle spasm, scar tissue and increases circulation to the fibrosed muscle fibers. There is no risk it is recommended not to apply it over the heart, cancerous cells or a pregnant patients abdomen.