Electric Point Stimulator (EPS) Overview
The EPS is an electric point stimulator. It is considered a tens unit by the FDA, but is a single point of electric current.
Trigger points are a local disruption of the neuromuscular junction, where the motor nerve meets muscle fiber. Electrical stimulation saturates the motor endplate zones in a region with stimulus, causing sarcomere twitch contraction, improved metabolism, reduction of tenderness and hardness.
Typical EPS Treatment Sequence
- Assess fiber hardness and tenderness in the muscle prior to treatment.
- Locate the approximate center of the fiber bundle you are targeting (motor endplate zone).
- Press the treatment button, move the skin with the point to locate most effective motor effect zone.
- If the client has no sensation, skin is very dry or amplitude is too low.
- Treat 10-20 secs. per point. After every 1-3 points, do a contract/relax.
- Monitor any tissue change produced by the treatment - hardness, tenderness.