Electrical Stim Therapy (or E-Stim) sends mild electrical pulses through the skin to help stimulate injured muscles or manipulate nerves to reduce pain.
E-stim uses small electrodes placed on the skin. The electrodes are small, sticky pads that should come off with little discomfort at the end of the session. Several electrodes are placed around the area receiving treatment. Wires from the e-stim device are attached to the pads. Steady streams of electrical pulses are delivered through the wires from the e-stim unit.
E-stim therapy for muscle recovery sends signals to targeted muscles to make them contract. (Flexing your biceps is a form of muscle contraction.) By causing repeated muscle contractions, blood flow improves, helping repair injured muscles.
The type of e-stim that focuses on pain relief sends signals on a different wavelength so they reach the nerves, rather than the muscles. Electrical stimulation can block pain receptors from being sent from nerves to the brain. Pulses aimed at the nervous system block the transmission of pain signals from reaching the spinal cord and brain. The pulses also stimulate the body to produce more natural pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins.
Microcurrent Therapy is the controlled application of low-amp electrical stimulus to specific regions of the body. The current is designed to match a similar amount of electrical activity already present during natural cell activity. Microcurrent Therapy helps injured tissue heal faster.