How Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation Works to Help Reduce Neuropathy Symptoms
Electrical neuromuscular stimulation is a form of diabetic neuropathy treatment used for pain relief and to accelerate healing. It uses a gentle electrical current to stimulate neuromuscular endings and reduce discomfort associated with peripheral neuropathy. The stimulation of the neuromuscular system might confuse brain signals responsible for pain, which is why some people may feel less of it with these peripheral neuropathy treatments.
Another reason electrotherapy (also called E-Stim) works is it forces the body to produce endorphins, chemicals that reduce pain and induce euphoria. The electrical current used in this diabetic neuropathy treatment varies from patient to patient and is decided by your doctor. When used in conjunction with medications prescribed as peripheral neuropathy treatments, electrical neuromuscular stimulation has been known to accelerate healing and make patients feel better.
Unfortunately, until recently most patients were not able to receive the full benefit of E-Stim treatments because the treatments caused significant discomfort. Recent developments, such as the MyoDynamic Device, allow patients to receive more benefit from electronic stimulation by allowing patients to receive longer treatments. In most cases, patients are also able to receive treatments more frequently, further adding to the benefits of treatment.
Electronic stimulation is considered a safe diabetic neuropathy treatment. It’s important to have a licensed medical professional performing peripheral neuropathy treatments, of course, but overall they carry little risk. With most E-Stim treatments, most patients experience discomfort from the electrical pulses and others may get a small rash from where the electrodes are placed. However, a recent development in treatment, the MyoDynamic Device, provides a comfortable, pain free interface designed by a renowned NASA engineer. The same technology which has been used to fight atrophy in astronauts can now be used to painlessly stimulate muscles, providing pain relief and accelerating healing.
No one is 100% sure why electrotherapy seems to accelerate healing, or reduce pain for that matter. It is well-accepted in the medical community, however, of being one of the few peripheral neuropathy treatments which actually provides relief to patients. Most doctors end up prescribing a combination of drugs and other alternative therapies or lifestyle changes before they figure out what works for their individual patient.
The effectiveness of electrical neuromuscular stimulation has been clearly demonstrated through numerous studies, and since it’s not dangerous or harmful, it is generally considered to be among the better treatment options for many patients. This is especially true now that options like the MyoDynamic device allow patients to receive longer treatments without pain and discomfort.
Many of the peripheral neuropathy treatments which use pharmaceutical drugs carry dangerous side effects. Prescription painkillers can be addictive and may force the patient to have dependence on the substance. Anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications, another form of diabetic neuropathy treatment, may carry side effects like drowsiness, dizziness and nausea. These can interfere with your everyday life and make it difficult to carry on a normal routine. In the end, many people find that combining drugs for pain along with electrical neuromuscular stimulation is the best way to relieve the discomfort associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
The VST MyoDynamic device differs from transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation devices in that it delivers an electrical current that matches the body’s wavelength, promoting pain relief and healing by stimulating both the neuromusculars and muscles. This means the body doesn’t view it as an outside force and feels no discomfort when using the device, allowing longer and more frequent treatments without the discomfort and pain often associated with other electronic stimulation treatments. Many patients and doctors have found this is the perfect way to reduce pain and accelerate healing when faced with peripheral neuropathy complications.