Modalities, or electrical stimulation, is a type of therapeutic treatment that can serve many different purposes. It can be used to decrease pain and inflammation, improve circulation, and it can help your muscles contract properly.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Example of NMES electrical stimulation. Photo by Wisser

Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services (STARS) uses the following types or Electrical Stimulation:
TENS (Transcutaenus electrical nerve stimulation) is a type of electrical stimulation used to help decrease acute and chronic pain. TENS works by altering or interrupting the painful signals that travel from injured tissues to your brain.

NMES (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation) Your physical therapist may use NMES to help your muscles contract properly after injury or surgery. This form of muscular re-education can be useful in helping you return to normal function quickly after an injury or surgery.

Iontophoresis is a type of electrical stimulation used to administer medication into your body through your skin. The medication can be used to help decrease inflammation and pain, decrease localized swelling, or decrease muscle spasm.

Therapeutic Ultrasound is often used to provide deep heating to soft tissue structures in the body. Deep heating tendons, muscles or ligaments increase circulation to those tissues, which is thought to help the healing process. Increasing tissue temperature with ultrasound is also used to help decrease pain.

Electrical Stimulation therapy is a type of therapeutic treatment that can serve many different purposes. It can be used to decrease pain and inflammation, improve circulation, and it can help your muscles contract properly.