Electrotherapy, also known as electrical stimulation therapy, is used to relieve muscle pain, reduce muscle recovery time and speed the healing process, which is another form of physical therapy. Electrotherapy can be administered by a professional or through a portable machine called a TENS unit (transcutanous electrical nerve stimulation), EMS unit (electrical muscle stimulation) and MENS unit (mircrocurrent electrical neuromuscular stimulator), which are the three types of electrotherapy.
A TENS unit is a non-invasive, low-risk electrical current stimulation intended to reduce acute and chronic muscle pain. It covers the complete range of transcutaneously applied currents used for nerve excitation through high frequency with low intensity or low frequency with high intensity.
An EMS unit uses electric impulses to mimic that of the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract. This unit has been used as a strength training tool for healthy patients and athletes alike and a complementary technique for sports training. It’s also been helpful as a rehabilitation and preventative tool for partially or immobilized patients.
A MENS unit sends extremely small, less than 1 milliamp, electrical currents into the body. This unit is used to increase the speed of healing wounds, age-related macular degeneration, tendon repair and ruptured ligament recovery and is widely used by professional athletes.
Whatever your ailment electrical stimulation’s key benefit is to relieve pain, speed healing and increase strength whether you are the average person or professional athlete that physical therapy cannot do alone.
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