Electro Myo Stimulation
Pain, reduced functionality, and growing discomfort are typical symptoms in many musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ, back pain, or injuries.
One of the most effective ways to treat these conditions is with electro myo stimulation.
Conditions we treat with electro-myo stimulation
Carpal tunnel syndrome: Carpal tunnel syndrome causes pain, tingling, and numbness in the affected arm and hand and occurs when the major nerve called the median nerve in hand is compressed or squeezed.
Blood vessels, tendons and the median nerve go through the wrist (carpal tunnel) connecting the forearm to fingers. The median nerve controls the function of the hand by regulating the small muscles at the thumb while also enabling the index, thumb, middle, and a portion of the ring finger to feel sensations. If the tendons going through the wrist become irritated, they swell which affects the median nerve, resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome.
Symptoms are usually gradual and include frequent itching, burning, tingling, and numbness. As the condition progresses, more intense tingling along with reduced grip strength are experienced. While the sufferer finds it difficult to perform usual tasks with the hand, the thumb muscle wastes away and reduces the ability to feel sensations.
Myofascial pain: Myofascial pain is the pain that arises due to muscular irritation. A fascia is a sheet or band of connective tissue such as collagen below the skin, which connects and stabilizes muscles. The large muscles in the upper back are prone to myofascial pain, which emanates from trigger points across the muscle tissue. Repetitive motions and muscular weakness result in muscular irritation and pain.
Post-surgical muscle stimulation: Following surgeries such as hip, knee, or joint replacement surgery, it is important to rehabilitate groups of muscles to prevent their atrophy, enhance recovery, and promote blood circulation.
TMJ: TMJ refers to disorders of the temporomandibular joint that connects the jaw to the skull. These disorders cause pain and dysfunction of the muscles and joints that regulate jaw movement. While the exact cause is difficult to determine, a combination of factors including jaw injury, genetics, arthritis, or a habit of clenching or grinding teeth can lead to TMJ.
Symptoms typically include:
- Pain in the jaw
- Aching pain around your ear
- Difficulty chewing
- facial pain
- Locking of jaw joint which makes it difficult to open the mouth
At LA VITA, our physical therapists effectively treat these conditions using electro-myo stimulation that helps restore mobility, function, and balance while reducing pain.
What is electro-myo stimulation?
Also called electric stimulation, Electro-Myo stimulation involves attaching pieces of equipment to the body and transmitting electric currents to the muscle groups that are affected. The device has a control unit which has the sensory knobs, timer, and other devices that produce an electric current. Neurostimulation electrodes and two lead wires are attached to the area to be treated to transmit the current.
Benefits of Electro-Myo stimulation
Electro-Myo stimulation can effectively treat musculoskeletal conditions or injuries apart from speeding up recovery and restoring muscle function post-surgery.
The benefits of this procedure include:
- Relief from discomfort and pain
- Reduction in muscle spasms
- Restored muscle tone after injury or surgery
- Rehabilitation of muscles following injury or surgery
Each therapy session can last for anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes based on the condition and extent of symptoms.
Carpal Tunnel Pain Management
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects millions of people across the globe. It can be a debilitating condition that may interfere with your daily activities and sleep patterns. In serious cases, it can cause serious pain in the hands and arms as well. With electro-myo-stimulation, we can help manage the pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome and relieve your symptoms effectively. Our treatment can help manage the pain, thus helping you return to your usual routine and sleep patterns.
General Myofascial Stimulation
For those struggling with skeletal muscle immobility and pain, our general myofascial stimulation can help treat your condition and alleviate your symptoms. Electro-myo-stimulation is used as a therapy for this condition by health experts as it can help relax the contracted muscles, improve the circulation of blood and oxygen, and stimulate the stretch reflex in your muscles. Our procedure is safe and effective and has shown satisfactory results for numerous patients. You can be confident you are in great hands.
Post-Surgical Muscle Stimulation
Electrical stimulation has been shown to be capable of stimulating and improving muscle contraction and increasing blood flow. This makes it an effective treatment for post-surgical muscle stimulation. For example, Electro-Myo-Stimulation can be used after a patient has undergone ACL reconstruction surgery in order to help stimulate the contraction of their muscles and increase blood flow, thus helping them to recover from their surgery quickly. There are many types of surgeries that electrical muscle stimulation can help with.
For those struggling with TMJ, symptoms such as jaw pain, ear pain, headaches, sore jaw muscles, and so on are common experiences. The good news is that with electrical TMJ stimulation, these symptoms can be relieved. TMJ stimulation stimulates muscle contractions using electrical pulses, enabling your muscles to massage themselves. This, in turn, generates heat, which helps in relieving the pain and stiffness caused by TMJ, while also improving the mobility of your jaw.