Electrotherapy is a battery-operated pulse generator that sends electrical impulses via electrodes placed on target regions of the body to reach the nerves of underlying muscle groups. Electrotherapy can be used to either interfere with the transmission of neural pain signals into the brain (via the use of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, or ‘TENS’) or to stimulate muscle activation (referred to as Electrical Muscle Stimulation, or ‘EMS’).
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
Pain is an important warning system and the body’s method of telling us something is wrong; however, long lasting persistent pain serves no useful purpose. TENS works by effectively slowing down or distracting the pain messages, that occur in chronic conditions, from the nerve receptor to the brain. This form of treatment can be extremely useful for patients suffering from debilitating chronic pain.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)
This is an internationally accepted and evidence-based approach to treating muscular injuries. It works by sending electrical impulses to the muscle, resulting in involuntary muscle contraction. This involuntary contraction promotes muscle activation memory and is extremely useful for the re-education of muscles post after injuries or surgery as well as improving muscle tone and blood circulation.