January 24, 2016

Electrical Muscle Stimulation


Interferential Electrical Stimulation works in a ‘special way’ because it is ‘interferential’ as opposed to ‘normal’ stimulation. It is another means by which peripheral nerves can be stimulated. It is often regarded by patients to be more acceptable as it generates less discomfort than some other forms of electrical stimulation.

There are 4 main clinical applications for which IFT is used:

  • Pain relief
  • Muscle stimulation
  • Increased local blood flow
  • Reduction of edema

In addition, it is able to stimulate healing and repair. This therapy is most effective for muscle spasms and tight muscles. Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS) sends small amounts of electrical currents through the muscle. These currents are great for releasing locked up muscles or calming muscle spasms. These currents help the body to release endorphin, thus allowing the muscle or soft tissue to return to its normal state.
EMS can be used for a variety of conditions including:

  • Shin splints
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Muscle knots
  • Leg/hip pain
  • Sprains/strains
  • Both acute and chronic pain
  • Sciatic pain
  • And many more….