Electrical stimulation uses an electrical current to cause a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract. By placing electrodes on the skin in various locations the physical therapist can recruit the appropriate muscle fibers. Depending on the type of electrical stimulation you use, it can reduce pain, diminish muscle spasms and facilitate muscle contraction. The physical therapist can change the electrical current setting to allow for forceful or gentle muscle contraction. Along with increasing muscle strength, the contraction of the muscle promotes blood supply to the area, which assists in healing.
We provide several types of electrical stimulation:
- Alpha electrical stimulation
- Transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS)