Adding movements to your session can help you recover faster.
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In the right circumstances, the combo can aid muscle recovery by increasing blood flow, delivering oxygen and nutrients, and helping to flush out toxins, says Daniel Giordano, DPT, CSCS, a physical therapist at Bespoke Treatments in New York City. “It can also help jumpstart the motor nerves and fiber recruitment, helping the muscle fire or contract better after a surgery shuts it down,” he adds. “Once the muscle starts contracting again with the help of e-stim, the brain will relearn the movement.”
Conroy and Giordano have noticed that many post-surgical patients, and those with certain knee and Achilles tendon injuries, recover more quickly when they pair e-stim with exercise. Ask your physical therapist if you would benefit from the combination treatment.
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