The Compex Muscle Stimulator is a device that provides EMS (electric muscle stimulation), which can be utilized for a variety of purposes within a treatment plan. It uses specifically placed, reusable, adhesive pads to send electric impulses into desired muscle groups leading to an involuntary contraction of the particular muscles being treated. There are a variety of different programs included on the unit to help supplement a patient’s treatment, specific to the nature of their condition. Some different settings include muscle potentiation, strength, endurance, recovery, and massage, just to name a few. These programs are designed to stimulate the area with distinct electric frequency patterns, generating different responses of the muscle tissue. This is important because different demands may be required of the muscle if you are recovering from surgery than if you are trying to reduce an established compensation, or just trying to alleviate soreness after an intense workout.
Even though the Compex uses electrical stimulation, it shouldn’t be confused with a TENS unit. TENS units are primarily utilized for blocking pain signals for acute and chronic conditions. The Compex is unique because stimulates the motor nerve, causing actual contraction of the muscle group as if it is being worked through physical activity. This is a valuable tool that can be used in an array of ways for many different conditions.
If you have further questions regarding the Compex or how it may be able to help you, please contact our office.
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