Electric Muscle Stimulation
Electric Muscle Stimulation is the application of an electrical stimulus for muscle rehabilitation. During EMS an electrical impulse is passed from a device to electrodes placed on the skin over a targeted muscle or muscle group.
It produces “passive” exercise by sending electrical impulses or signals to the selected muscle or muscle groups to contract and relax them. The EMS can relax a “tense”, “tight” or spasmodic muscle.
Common candidates for EMS include those in high stress situations who experience muscle tension in the upper back and neck areas, and those who suffer from chronic tension headaches. The EMS will increase motion, range and response of muscles restricted from disuse or from atrophy from another cause. It is helpful following activity restrictions, such as after surgery or being in a cast. It is also helpful at increasing local blood circulation.