Electrical stimulation uses an electrical current that can cause a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract. It is used for strengthening muscles, increasing blood supply to affected area, reducing pain and swelling, and re-educating muscles. This type of treatment is especially helpful for muscles recovering after a competition or workout.
Most injuries have pain associated with the injury site. Transcutaneous electrical stimulation and inferential current are effective at addressing this pain. Electrical stimulation controls pain by interfering with the pain signals at the spinal cord level.
If a muscle has become atrophied from injury or lack of use, Russian setting can be used. This setting causes a muscle contraction helping to strengthen the area.
Electrical stimulation is relatively safe treatment with very few adverse effects. The treatment is generally not painful but tingling sensation will be felt.