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EMS in low back pain treatment

Low back pain

Millions of people are suffering from low back pain and it is getting more and more common with aging. While resting and becoming inactive is tempting and in severe cases might be necessary for a couple of days, active forms of back exercises, done in controlled and gradual manner, are almost always necessary to help alleviate back pain. In distinct forms, but the application of EMS technology has been an important part of lower back pain treatment.

Adequate exercising facilitates the distribution of the nutrients into the disc space and soft tissues to keep the discs, muscles, ligaments, and joints healthy.

Depending on the patient’s specific diagnosis and level of pain, the back pain exercises and rehabilitation programs can be very different, therefore it is important for patients to develop an individualized program of back exercises with a spine specialist.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation for lower Back Pain

EMS in low back pain treatment

Depending on the patient’s specific diagnosis and level of pain, the back pain exercises and
rehabilitation programs can be very different, therefore it is important for patients to develop an
individualized program of back exercises with a spine specialist.

A regular routine of lower back exercises also helps patients to avoid stiffness and weakness, minimize recurrences of lower back pain, and reduce the severity and duration of possible future episodes of low back pain.

Depending on the severity, EMS can be used when exercising is not possible, to complement rehabilitaion exercises or while exercising (EMS training session, guided by your personal trainer).

EMS is designed to develop the muscles in the same way as would occur through normal everyday movements of the body as well as exercise. We are able to perform all of our conscious body movements through the contraction and relaxation of our skeletal muscles.

In a clinical trial (Durmus et al. 2009) , scientists found that EMS program was very effective in improving the quality of life, functional performance and isometric strength in individuals with chronic low back pain.

Another study (Glaser et al. 2001) combined EMS with exercise in patients with non-acute low back pain and they found that electrical muscle stimulation can be an effective adjunctive treatment modality and in combined therapy (exercising and EMS) the effects lasted beyond the duration of EMS treatment.

Referenced articles

  • Glaser et al.. Electrical muscle stimulation as an adjunct to exercise therapy in the treatment of nonacute low back pain: a randomized trial. Journal of Pain. 2001. Oct;2(5):295-300
  • Durmus et al. Effects of electrical stimulation program on trunk muscle strength, functional capacity, quality of life, and depression in the patients with low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. Rheumatology International. 2009. Jun;29(8):947-54
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