Louisville, Crestwood, La Grange Therapies



Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) - is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses. EMS has received increasing attention in the last few years, because it has the potential to serve as a strength training tool for healthy subjects and athletes, a rehabilitation and preventive tool for partially or totally immobilized patients, a testing tool for evaluating the neural and/or muscular function, and a post-exercise recovery tool for athletes. The impulses are generated by a device and delivered through electrodes on the skin in direct proximity to the muscles to be stimulated. The impulses mimic the action potential coming from the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract. The use of EMS has been cited by renowned sports scientists as a complementary technique for sports training.

Heat & Ice Application

Heat and ice are the two most common types of passive, non-invasive, and non-addictive therapies. Heat and cold can be used alternatively and are often used as a prelude to exercise therapy. Hot and cold agents should always be used with caution. It is a good idea to seek the advice of a healthcare professional prior to use.

Hot Packs and Heat Therapy

Heat therapy induces vasodilation: drawing blood into the target tissues. Increased blood flow delivers needed oxygen and nutrients, and removes cell wastes. The warmth decreases muscle spasm, relaxes tense muscles, relieves pain, and can increase range of motion.

Cold Packs and Cold Therapy

Cold therapy produces vasoconstriction, which slows circulation reducing inflammation, muscle spasm, and pain. Cold or ice should never be applied directly to the skin. A barrier, such as a towel, should be placed between the cold agent and the skin's surface to prevent skin and nerve damage.