Muscle stimulation is a therapy that can provide relief from pain caused by many common musculoskeletal conditions, such as back pain, whiplash, and sports injuries.
It is a noninvasive, highly effective therapy that relaxes tight muscles to relieve discomfort and address the pain at the source. If you have musculoskeletal pain that is impacting your day to day activities, muscle stimulation might be able to help you regain your freedom of movement.
At Paragon Integrated Medical in Lake Elsinore, California, we provide effective, compassionate care for people experiencing debilitating chronic pain. Drawing from many different specialities, skilled chiropractor Patrick Connolly, DC provides the latest treatment options for managing many different types of pain. Dr. Connolly and his competent, friendly staff find the right treatments that help you get your life back.
What is muscle stimulation?
Muscle stimulation is a noninvasive treatment used to relax muscles that are tight and sore, relieving pain. This simple and effective therapy can be used alone or in combination with other types of pain management interventions.
To complete the therapy, Dr. Connolly places small pads called electrodes on your skin in the areas where you are experiencing discomfort. He then attaches wires to these electrodes, which connect to a machine that generates mild electrical current that travels through the electrodes into your muscles.
How muscle stimulation helps manage your pain
The electrical current that travels into your muscles causes them to contract, just like the normal contraction of the muscles when you are moving your body. This stimulation of the muscles improves blood flow, which helps to reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain. The increase in blood flow can also assist in repairing any damaged tissues that need healing.
The decrease in muscle tension and soreness from muscle stimulation also reduces your stress levels, promoting a feeling of relaxation. This can also help you let go of any tight areas in your body that you have been tensing due to discomfort. In addition, the reduction in swelling and pain restores your freedom of movement in areas in which you were previously limited due to being in pain.
Muscle stimulation therapy is provided in our office as a short procedure that typically takes less than 15 minutes to complete. Depending on your needs, Dr. Connolly may recommend a series of muscle stimulation sessions for maximum relief. He develops a customized treatment plan that may include other therapies in order to effectively treat your pain.