When people think of chiropractic care, they usually think of spinal adjustment. Although this is a popular and effective form of chiropractic treatment, there are many other types of treatment available as well. At Tukee Lifestyle Chiropractic, located in the foothills of Arizona, we provide a variety of treatment options to help patients deal with injuries and chronic pain conditions. Our chiropractor, Dr. Goozdich, will assess your muscle function to determine whether or not electrical stimulation is right for you.
What Is Electrical Stimulation Therapy?
During electrical stimulation therapy, Dr. Goozdich pulses electric currents through the muscles. This causes the muscles to contract, producing numerous health benefits. This type of treatment is most effective during the rehabilitation process to help muscles heal, build muscle function, and relieve pain in the back or legs. Electrical stimulation can also reduce swelling and promote general muscle tone. This treatment option is most beneficial, however, as it relates to the recovery process.
How Does Electrical Stimulation Help Recovery?
Electrical stimulation improves blood flow to injured areas. Adequate blood flow is essential to the healing process following an injury. The process also helps healing by strengthening the muscles, making the injured areas less likely to be injured again in the future. Strengthening muscles in this way can help better prepare them for chiropractic adjustments.
Electrical stimulation also prevents muscle atrophy. Atrophy is when a muscle begins to lose muscle mass due to disuse. This can happen relatively quickly following an injury. People who are experiencing muscle pain tend to use the muscles less and less. As the injured muscle continues to weaken, additional strain is placed on the surrounding tendons and joints. Electrical stimulation will begin by strengthening weak muscles so that atrophy does not occur. Muscles can stay strong and toned during this time by using electrical stimulation.
Another surprising benefit of this treatment is muscle relaxation. You may think that muscle contraction is the opposite of relaxation. However, electrical stimulation affects muscles similar to that of massage therapy. Through contractions, the muscles can release stored-up tension, contributing to enhanced relaxation. This process also helps the body produce endorphins, relieving stress and improving your mood.
Chiropractor in the Foothills of Arizona
At Tukee Lifestyle Chiropractic, we have years of experience helping residents of Ahwatukee, AZ improve their muscle function through electrical stimulation. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Goozdich, call us at (480) 912-4040.