A Little Shock Therapy
By now you may have seen us posting about our new recovery sessions using TENS and E-Stim. Along with seeing these posts, you’re probably thinking to yourself “What the hell’s TENS? EMS? Are we talking about ghost?” Don’t worry, you’re not alone in these questions and that’s why we’re going to clear it all up!
So, for starters lets talk about how TENS and E-stim are the same. Both methods are a form of recovery, which send low-electrical charges through the muscle and nerves to either excite or block the bodies messengers. When it comes to TENS and E-Stim, the targeted nerves of the body will be affected differently, which in turn, give us different responses. TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) will affect the sensory nerves, which are responsible for producing “pain”. Whereas E-Stim affects the muscle directly via motor pathways. So, the easiest way to break it down is:
With me so far?
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Remember how we said TENS is used for pain relief? This is caused by stimulating the sensory nerves with a low-level electrical current that “blocks” pain. In reality, the pain is still there, but the affected area can’t relay that message back to the brain because the nerves have been “shut-off”. By tricking the mind, we’re able to provide clients with a short duration of time to be pain-free. TENS is a great option for clients dealing with:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Because this is a just a temporary fix, TENS should not be considered a “heal all” product and clients should continue to follow advice and directions from a licensed physician.
E-Stim (aka EMS)
So, now what the heck do we use E-Stim for? E-Stim is ideal after an intense training session or recovering from an injury or surgery. With E-Stim, the muscles are “shocked” in a way that mimics the same type of signal the brain sends to the muscles during exercise. Have you ever been told that after a workout you shouldn’t sit around because you will just become more sore? E-Stim is a way around this by increasing local blood circulation and muscle activity without actually having to move or train more. So, E-Stim is great for:
Increasing rate of recovery
Increasing blood circulation
Helping prevent muscle atrophy (loss)