Have you ever wondered what all of the hype around TENS and EMS devices at HiDow was? These wonderful devices are known as E-Stim devices (short for electrical muscle stimulation). E Stim therapy is an increasingly popular method of muscle stimulation and recovery that is being used by physical therapists and fitness professionals alike for its incredible benefits. If you’re unfamiliar with how E Stim therapy works, you’re not alone. It’s an emerging field, so we’ve broken down the basics of E Stim so that you can better understand it. If you’re interested in learning more about TENS/EMS, check out the HiDow News Channel.
As we mentioned, E Stim Therapy is the practice of using electrical muscle stimulation like TENS and EMS to both treat aching muscles and helping stimulate muscles to promote strengthening. E Stim is commonly used when you experience chronic pain, sports injuries, or simply want to treat sore and stiff muscles after a hard workout.
There are two main types of E Stim therapies, TENS and EMS. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) – is used to treat chronic and acute pain by placing electrode pads near the source of the pain. Signals are sent through the pads and into your body where they disrupt pain signals. This feels like a sharp vibration mimics pain signals. Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) – uses a stronger electrical signal that causes your muscles to contract. These repetitive contractions cause your muscles to strengthen with use. EMS is generally used for workouts rather than for pain management.
Common treatments that TENS therapy is used to treat include: • Back pain (sciatica) • Fibromyalgia • Joint pains • Ligament / Meniscus pain • Inflammation • Muscle injury and pain TENS treatment is incredibly beneficial when used regularly and efficiently. Personally, I have used TENS therapy for both post-op physical therapy after a serious ACL injury and even just at the office while I sit at my desk to ease the discomfort of sitting all day. TENS therapy is very versatile and can be used almost anywhere!
There are a lot of different TENS/EMS devices out there that you can choose from. There are both wired and wireless models and within those categories, there are different models for different uses. For example, there are very simple TENS devices that get the job done if you are new to the technology, like the XP Micro. Additionally, there are very robust tens devices like the Pro Touch 6 12 which have all the features you could ever ask for in a TENS/EMS device. You can find the best E Stim products at HiDow International.