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How Electrical Stimulation Is Applied in Physical Therapy

Electrical Stimulation confers a type of physical therapy used to achieve different tasks under physical therapy. Suppose you have an illness causing pain or some functional mobility. In that case, your therapist may take the help of electrical stimulation, which is shortly known as E-stim, as a part of your restoration program.


Physical Conditions in which electrical stimulation is used are mentioned below.


  • Pain in the post-surgical period
  • Muscle weakness
  • Poor motor control, like texting or gripping
  • Back pain
  • Inflammation of a tendon


If you are experiencing pain, inflammation, and muscular weakness, your physical therapist may use these Electrical stimulation therapy devices as part of your treatment.

Why Electrical Stimulation is used

Electrical stimulation is generally used for many reasons in Physical therapy, such as controlling medication of inflammation, contract weak muscles, or not functioning well. E-Stim is also used to decrease pain or convulsions.

Experience During Electrical Stimulation

If your physical therapist selects electrical stimulation during your rehab programs, they will explain to you the whole procedure, expected risks, and the most important, the benefits. A typical application of an electrical stimulation therapy machine will experience you with the following.

  • The physical therapist will apply electrodes on your skin. A wire connects these to an electrical stimulation machine.
  • You will feel a slight, tickling sensation.
  • The sensation will be increased over time until feeling strong.
  • If the e-stim is used for pain relief, you will be relaxed during the treatment.
  • If the electrical stimulation therapy equipmentis applied to improve muscular strength, you may require curtailing your muscle with the working machine.

Your physiotherapist may use various types of electrical stimulation for your ultimate comfort. Some of these are Transcutaneous Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation, Iontophoresis, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation, Interferential Current, High Voltage Galvanic Current, and many more.

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