It’s Not Just Stretching and Pulling Muscles Anymore

I went to a San Rafael chiropractor recently for a chronic bad back and walked out very impressed at how much the technology to deal with muscle problems has changed over the years. I’ve had the back problems for years, even had a surgery on it about a decade ago, so I’ve been to various chiropractors over the years. Always the technique to help ease the pain would be stretches and pulling on the problem area. And for the most part that worked, but sometimes it didn’t and I would still be in pain. I thought I’d never get a permanent fix.

Then I went to this chiropractor and was met with something I’d never seen before. They used something called EMS, or Electrical Muscle Stimulation, to attack my bad back. EMS is a device that delivers low level electrical currents to the problem area in an effort to stimulate the muscles. The muscles expand and contract gently. EMS is billed as an effective means to quickly reduce muscle pain and tension. I underwent the procedure and then went home and sure enough I did feel much better than I had in a very long time.

I asked the chiropractor about this technique and was told that it’s not all that unusual these days. Apparently I’ve been visiting old school chiropractors because I’d never tried the treatment. It sure beats using icy hot or ice packs or heating pads. The chiropractor said they still use all those options as well as the stretching and pulling, but that EMS tends to help people with certain problems better than the old techniques. I’m apparently one of those people and I couldn’t be happier. I won’t ever go back to the old ways again. I’m making sure that EMS in the hands of a competent chiropractor are at the top of my list when seeking treatment.