Electrical stimulation therapy (E-stim) is a popular therapeutic modality used to help treat pain, but is also useful has the ability to: improve circulation, improve muscle control, increase muscle strength and muscle tonicity. Electrodes are attached to patient’s skin and causes specific muscles to contract. This contraction is an important function for a few reasons: it allows muscles to maintain strength and muscle tone that may atrophy from disuse and since it mimics the way the body moves during exercise it can help increase a patient’s range of motion.
There are different waveforms used in electrical stimulation therapy and these waveforms perform differently and have varied rehabilitative attributes. This variance in energy transfer helps address diverse therapy needs.