One of the most commonly asked questions here at Stimrx is “What is the difference between TENS and EMS?” Most people assume that TENS and EMS are similar enough to be interchangeable. StimRx wants to make sure you know the differences in the two, and the importance of when to use each of the modes with our equipment. Both TENS and EMS devices use a power supply, lead wires and identical electrodes to supply the electrical impulses to the body. However, their purpose is quite different. Most machines offer both TENS and EMS programs to choose from. You can select not... read more
Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and rehabilitation may help to improve posture, prevent joint immobility, and slow muscle weakness and atrophy. Stretching and strengthening exercises may help reduce spasticity, increase range of motion, and keeps circulation flowing. Some individuals require additional therapy for speech, chewing, and swallowing difficulties. Applying heat may relieve muscle pain. Assistive devices such as supports or braces, orthotics, speech synthesizers, and wheelchairs may help some people retain independence.
Pain and difficulty in moving - Patients may also notice that they have frequent back pain or difficulty walking if they begin to develop muscle atrophy. These can be a result of either type of the disease. Other symptoms such as ham string contractures, limited range of neck motion or rigid spine may begin to form as your condition becomes worse. An overall stiffness or difficult, heavy feeling when you attempt to move has also been described by patients. Some of these side effects may be visible as you move, while others are internal so they cannot be witnessed. It is important to make note of whether or not you look differently and how you feel to determine if you may be developing muscle atrophy.