Ep 9: How We Use Electric Stim

In just ten minutes we’ll break down ‘Electric Stim’ as a treatment you might get when seeing a chiropractor. Find how it’s used in our office and learn more about the store units versus the professional systems. We’ll also share tips on how to use them and provide a demonstration. Enjoy this St. Patrick's day muscle stim podcast!

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Have you ever wondered about electric stimulation and whether it’s an effective way to treat pain? If so, today is your lucky day.

On our St. Patrick’s Day edition of the podcast, we’re going to break down electric stim in under 10 minutes and help you get a better understanding of how and why we use it.

When you talk about muscle stim, you start with the two types of pain to treat: acute and chronic. Acute pain would come from spraining your ankle. We’d use some type of electric stim on that to decrease the pain. And with the technological advancements in recent years, there are drastic improvements in treating that pain through stimulation. Different settings allow you to have different frequencies built into the machine that can focus on inflammation or stimulate healing.

Then there are chronic pain issues like hip or lower back pain. Treatment for these might require different settings but it feels very similar for the most part.

The typical time we’d keep the muscle stim on a client is about ten minutes. The reason we do that is to decrease inflammation and spasm. It’s a good way to treat stiffness before a procedure or a workout. But it can also be used after exercise as well because to help with inflammation. We don’t ever want you to leave feeling crummy.

Now the common hesitation we see from people is they believe they can treat it on their own at home rather than paying a professional. There’s no question that options are available but there’s nothing that can replicate the electric stim that a chiropractor can provide, and we’ll do a demonstration on the show.

Keep in mind that this treatment won’t be available for everyone. We’ll list out the examples of people on the show, which will include age, whether you have a pacemaker, and other considerations.

If this is something you want to learn more about, let us know and we’d be happy to discuss is further.

Listen to the entire episode or skip ahead using the timestamps below.

0:35 – Why would we need this?

1:58 – Is it worth it?

3:27 – Tens unit vs muscle stim

4:59 – Testing it out on Rachel

6:40 – Using Microcurrents

7:03 – How long is the treatment

8:10 – When not to use this

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