Electric Muscle Stimulation
in Austin

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Painful Sports Injury?

Our Electric Muscle Stimulation Therapy is perfect for pain, swelling, and much more. Come experience the relief at Active Life.

Electric muscle stimulation (also known as “E-stim”) uses an electrical current to cause a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract.

By placing electrodes on the skin in various locations we can recruit the appropriate muscle fibers.

Using an electrical muscle stimulator helps strengthen the affected muscle.

We can change the current setting to allow for a forceful or gentle muscle contraction.

Along with increasing muscle strength, the contraction of the muscle also promotes blood supply to the area that assists in healing.

This treatment is recommended for sport injuries which result in muscles, tendons or ligament damage.


  • Reduce pain & swelling
  • Relax muscle spasms
  • Retrain muscle movement
  • Increase range of motion
  • Stimulate blood circulation

  • Did you know that the FDA regulates muscle stimulator devices? Electric muscle stimulation is commonly used as a therapy and rehabilitation tool to prevent muscle atrophy which happens in the aftermath of long-term sport injuries or injuries requiring long periods of bed rest.

    Another aspect of this therapy is called Interferential Therapy

    At Active life we frequently use different waveforms, including interferential, to help alleviate acute pain and muscle spasms. Interferential therapy is a state-of-the-art therapy modality that is getting a lot of publicity because of its results in reducing pain and speeding up the time it takes to heal.

    The interferential stimulator delivers an electrical current to all injured, inflamed, and painful tissues. This electrical current has numerous physiological effects that decrease pain and promote healing.

    Interferential was first used with professional and Olympic athletes. It immediately became apparent that injury recovery rates were much faster for those athletes using the therapy than for those who did not. Today, the treatment is used in clinics across the country to treat young children to seniors for a wide range of injuries.

    Interferential stimulation has been proven to be an effective approach for acute and chronic pain control without the side effects often associated with analgesic medications.


  • Relieve acute and chronic pain
  • Increase blood circulation
  • Stimulate release of endorphins
  • Faster healing of soft-tissues

  • As you can see, Inferential therapy is a cutting edge treatment that is customized for patient’s injury. Treatment frequency, pulse duration originating from the inferential stimulator and the number of visits required for recovery vary per patient. If you’ve been suffering from injured muscles or joint pain, you’d be an ideal candidate for this advanced medical technique - inferential stimulation. Please note, we can also provide home units when needed.

    You're in Gentle, Healing Hands at Active Life Chiropractic Clinic in Austin...

    • The therapists are so knowledgeable...and I really liked the open flow of the place.  I liked the 3-front approach of massage therapy, physical therapy, and chiropractic care.  I have gone to chiropractors before that adjusted you and sent you on your way...and a day later everything was exactly the same.  I went in with a pinched nerve in my neck and after a couple months of treatment, I was feeling better than ever.  After the physical therapy and MRT, I realized that I actually had a neck.  I still do the excersies that Kim gave me to do almost every day...and my posture is dramatically improved. You definitely feel cared about here.
      Debbie M.
    • I'm a big fan of this place! What I love is that the staff and chiropractors are clearly knowledgeable and interested in my long term health and well- being. After an individually-tailored program of strengthening and stretching, not only do I feel less pain, but I was also given the skills to rectify the situation on my own if it were to occur again. Overall, it provided me with comfort and a sense of empowerment.

      N. A.
    • I walked into Active Life two months ago unable to walk. I had hurt my leg when trying to finally lose weight by walking because my back and hips were so out of line that I had strained my leg trying to walk crooked. In this short time, the caring, hardworking and amazing team at Active Life have not only restored my ability to walk, but I just finished a five mile walk last night...without pain, mind you...which was further than I could stand to walk before. I have lost 15 pounds working with them and am much happier. These people KNOW what they are doing and care about you and your full recovery. They work to the goal of you not having to see them any more (except for maintenance) because you are doing so well. Come see the group at Active Life as soon as you can! Active Life is an amazing place. I have never seen anything like it. Everyone there is really concerned with helping you get well as quickly as possible, no matter how long that takes. They are professional, efficient, caring, personable, and just pain kind. Dr. Schade and staff helped me be able to walk again after an injury on the trail due to the horrible shape of my spine and hips due to years of abuse. I highly recommend them to every and any one I meet. Their focus is entirely on healing the whole person, and they do that and do it well. I went from not being able to walk to walking 5+ miles a day on the Town Lake trail in 3 months due to their guidance and assistance. Very enjoyable experience. They are top drawer all the way. If you are still sitting there hurting, not sure where to go, give Dr. Schade a call. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
      Alonda M.
    • I cannot say enough about how grateful I am for these guys.  Everyone who works there is genuinely kind and sincerely cares about your treatment and healing.  Everything from physical therapy, massage to chiropractic treatments, my results have been great so far and I've only been going for about 2 months.  It's a blessed place, for sure and I highly recommend their services.

      Paul D.
    • This is a great place to go to get well.  They have really good chiropractors and therapists,  in addition to a rehab center under one roof.  Dr Schade has been my chiropractor for many years and there is no one else that I will trust with my spine!

      Penny S.
    • I was diagnosed with patellar subluxation and told physical therapy would be the best treatment. I couldn't lift my leg at the knee without excruciating pain. The physical therapist I was told to contact was just far too expensive so I looked around for other options. Thankfully I found Dr. Schade and the Active Life staff. They worked with me financially under my insurance plan, making my visits very affordable. My physical therapist Celeste (she's the best) gave me an array of exercises to perform under her supervision that have helped me tremendously. Along with getting Graston done as well as regular adjustments on each visit, I have been on the road to recovery and am able to bend my knee without pain. I can actually take the stairs up to my apartment now without laboring and holding on to the rail. I am very grateful for what the staff there has done from the front desk ladies to the medical staff. This place has become my 3rd home and would highly recommend it to anyone in need of this type of service.
      Mike O.
    • I have been a patient of Active Life for over 8 years, and still continue to be amazed at the skill level of the entire staff, and the commitment to recommend the appropriate therapies and exercises to help with healing. Over the course of time, I have experienced severe lower back, hip, and sciatic nerve pain in the legs, and Dr Schade and her staff got me walking again and back into sports. In addition, I have experienced repetitive injury in the neck and shoulders caused by too much computer work in an inside call center role, and Active Life was able to address this injury effectively. Most recently, I experienced a rotator cuff tear in the shoulder due to a sports accident, and Dr Schade recommended the Graston treatment to help restore the shoulder function. While still in process of this treatment, I have seen significant reduction in pain, and near normal mobility. I have worked with different chiropractors off an on for over 30 years, and can attest to the caring nature of Active Life's practice, and ability to make a real difference in their patients' lives. I highly recommend Dr Schade and her staff!
      William E.
    • Great staff, always greeted with a smile and I don't recall ever having to wait at the front desk. The PT group and chiropractic doctors are the best I've ever been seen by. I would definitely recommended them.
      Paul S.
    • Active life is quality. Kim, Victor, Natalie and the therapy staff are top shelf. Conscientious insightful and merciful with the hands; OBEY what they tell you to do and you will feel better. Whatever they are getting paid, its not enough.
      Henry P.
    • The folks at Active Life have created a warm and nurturing and even fun environment for people healing from injuries. The chiropractors are all very professional. The rehab massage team is amazing--and are the very best at finding just where it is you need hands on. The mini gym where they have you warm up is just the right size with equipment to warm up on and to learn how to do effective exercises at home. Highly recommended also for their very flexible scheduling.
      Peggy K.
    • I love the people at Active Life. Six months ago I went in with a shoulder injury that caused sharp pain and limited the mobility of my left arm. Dr. English and Dr. Schade took plenty of time to talk to me during my initial consultation and performed x-rays and mobility tests to determine the extent of my injury. My treatment initially required me to go in three times per week for the first six weeks. It wasn't always convenient or fun, but it certainly was effective. They have three components to their treatment (for my situation anyway) - rehabilitation, massage and chiropractic. Rehab consists of stretches and exercises that are specifically targeted to your condition. I always worked with Kim and she's great - very friendly and helpful at keeping me motivated and on task with my exercises. Listen to her advice on posture. Massage isn't just a general massage to make you feel good. It's focused on your troubled areas and it's very effective. It doesn't always feel pleasant, but it works. Most of my treatments were done by Steve. I found him to be incredibly knowledgeable and I'm confident that the work he did on me was key to my recovery. I could write an entire review on how awesome Steve is. The final piece of the puzzle is chiropractic. I believe they have five chiropractors on staff and I was treated by all five of them. They were all really good. I was happy with all of them and completely trust any of them do an adjustment, but if I was going to recommend just one of them, it would be Dr. Gore because of his personal approach and the extra time and care that he put into the treatments. But again, they were all great. My treatment wasn't cheap, but it was absolutely worth every penny. They provide value for their services. A couple pieces of advice for anyone going to Active Life... When you're doing rehab, Kim will probably give you some exercises to do at home. Do it! Don't slack... it'll help speed up your recovery time. The more effort you put in, the better your result will be. Don't be afraid to ask questions. They're there to help you and you may as well get your money's worth. They'll talk to you about diet, exercise, posture, health and whatever else you want. They're very nice people. If any of the massage therapists or chiropractors stand out to you and seem to help you more than others, you can ask to see them specifically. They're a team at Active Life and you'll be helped by a lot of people, but they recognize that sometimes certain people click and they're happy to accommodate requests like that. These days, I feel great. I couldn't be happier with my treatment at Active Life and currently I still go in twice per month for maintenance. I want to stay healthy and my visits will continue to reduce in frequency, but I believe I'll be a patient at Active Life for life.
      Matt L.
    • Learning How to Heal – I do believe Dr. Schade and her fabulous team have helped me learn how to heal, the right way! Dr. Schade really helps to make sure the right treatments are done each time. The excellent physical therapy team teaches strengthening, correct posture and stretching to help heal and prevent injury recurrences. The massages have been the best I've ever received. I was able to experience Graston treatments on my knees. The Graston treatments have made the most amazing improvement in what I thought was osteoarthritis, but in fact, seems to be scar tissue buildup. Chris has helped smooth out the tissue and in just two weeks I've got a very hopeful outlook with regard to my future activity. It's wonderful to be able to move without pain!
    • Totally Recommend Active Life! – The team at Active Life is incredibly competent, and after just a few weeks of sessions I feel that the program is making signifant progress in my quest to decrease chronic muscle tension and correct posture and proper spinal alignment. This clinic is great for active, athletic individuals who have come to a place where their issues are beyond what diet and exercise can solve, and offers another kind of intervention to improve longterm bodily health. The South Austin location is nice and convenient, too!
    • Years of damage, reversed – After years of back pain, I found Dr. Schade and her staff. I have been a patient for 10+ years and never looked back. The damage to my back was extensive and now it is the best that it has ever been. There is only one way to explain my experience there: the doctors there are healers. Sounds strange but you will have to experience it to understand. They work with you to heal and then teach you to build muscle/flexibility to protect and prevent further damage. These folks see the bigger picture in your health. I hope they can do for you what they have done for me.
    • Help at Last – I have enjoyed running for years, but strained a leg muscle several months ago. I consulted a sports medicine doctor who didn't seem to know what was wrong and so sent me on to physical therapy. After going to physical therapy for a month without feeling better I turned to my friends for advice. Several of them recommended Active Life Chiropractic so I gave them a try. Not only has my leg healed, but they taught me ways to prevent it from happening again. I really like their comprehensive approach to treating me. In addition to working on my leg, my lower back, neck and shoulder pain, that I thought I was destined to live with, are gone. They always took time to explain to me their treatment approach and helped me understand a larger perspective on keeping my body healthy. The staff is extremely warm and caring, creating a wonderful atmosphere to heal. I am deeply appreciative to everyone at Active Life for helping me live pain free and for getting back to running around Austin.
      Austin M.
    • Somewhere Over the Rainbow... – I am 53 yrs young with a long history of bad posture but very active nonetheless. The years took their toll on my body and it became more painful to run and exercise as I got older. Even sitting in front of a computer was not comfortable. I had chronic back and neck pain. I went to many chiropractors over the last ten years. All did chiro adjustments in different ways and alleviated my pain, BUT none have made nearly the difference that Active Life has made in my life. I had read about the Graston technique from other sources and thought it would be beneficial for me and found that this clinic practiced this procedure. However, much to my amazement they also offered SO MUCH MORE! This clinic has a complete team of the finest professionals I have ever encountered, from the front desk to massage and physical therapy, and chiropractic. You walk away with so much more than chiro adjustments. This clinic is committed to your healing and health and has the most knowledgeable team that will provide whatever it takes to make that happen. In the three months that I have been going there, my posture and spine have made tremendous significant improvements from the physical therapy exercises, deep massage body work, chiro adjustments, Graston and other therapies. There is absolutely no reason for folks to accept growing old with aches and pains, when there are professionals committed to making bodies the best they can be at any age! Thank you Active Life for making me the best that I can be!
      Diana L.
    • Helps you help yourself – In May 2009 I was having a problem that my primary care physician passed me along to a specialist, who passed me along to another specialist. Specialist #1 wanted to give me lupron depot, a shot that would send me into menopause and then do surgery. Specialist #2 seemed to agree and wanted an extra surgeon. I did not think they'd done enough testing and diagnosis to come to such an extreme conclusion, I googled around and found that chiropractic is often used for this condition with good results. I have been to Active Life 4 times now, and my problem did not come back on its previous schedule, and I'm feeling good. The doctors and therapists at Active Life work with me to give me things I can do for myself (dietary changes and exercises) and also use various massage and chiropractic techniques & other tools in their clinic to help my body heal itself. No invasive chemicals or surgery. It's not a 'magic solution'--It's going to take a while to get to 100% healthy and I have to do my part with my eating choices and exercises a few times a day, but I am satisfied with my results so far and I ALWAYS feel better leaving the clinic than I did going in. I am a down to earth, somewhat skeptical, somewhat cynical person, but chiropractic WORKS for me. What a relief.
      Erika H
    • Thank you Active Life! – I am a 52 year-old child psychologist. I ruptured my right achilles tendon playing basketball with the neighor kids 5 1/2 years ago. I've had almost constant pain ever since due to complications that caused an unusual amount of scar tissue. I've been in physical therapy three times for a total of 12+ months; had a lot of deep tissue massage; and acupuncture. These interventions have helped temporarily but the pain comes back and makes it hard for me to work at a desk or drive. Two orthopedics have told me my only remaining option is more surgery but they are not optimistic about outcome. I learned about the Graston Technique from a magazine article. I live in San Antonio, and Active Life Chiropractic Clinic in Austin was the closest provider of that treatment. I've made the drive from San Antonio to Austin for 8 Graston sessions. I had immediate improvement in pain reduction after the first session and it has been sustained. I have almost no pain and stiffness now and I'm optimistic I'll continue to see improvement.. I used to take a lot of ibuprofen and naproxen and now I don't need it. I am very grateful to Dr. Schade for improving my qualty of life. She and her staff really care about helping people feel and live better. I am very glad I learned about the Graston Technique and found Active Life Chiropractic Clinic. I have recommended both to several coworkers, family and friends.
      Geoff G
    • I've been going to Dr. Schade's “Active Life Healing Center” for over 20 years now, following her from the original house on 6th St. to her current Brodie Oaks location. This is one remarkable Healer who has always gotten me back on my feet despite my many injuries like whiplash, low back pain, muscle spasms, falls, scoliosis, pinched nerves… and now multiple sclerosis. She takes time to Listen to me, then offers a specific remedy that does the trick for that ailment. One of the modalities that especially helps me is the “Graston” method, which breaks up scar tissue damage. I don't know of any other Clinic doing this, but it is ever so powerful and deeply gratifying! Kudos to Dr. Schade for continuing her quest in seeking out the best, most innovative clinical techniques available. This kind of passion and dedication to both her profession and her clients is rare. It is a personal quality of hers I regard HIGHLY that keeps this Clinic heads and toes above all the rest.
      Cat Ballinger, LMSW
    • Dr. Schade and her team... what they have done to help heal me is fantastic! Three weeks ago I went to Active Life barely able to turn my neck and I had been having horrible lower back pain - causing me to miss work and basically want to lay around the apartment feeling depressed and miserable - which is very unlike me - I am normally pretty active. We have been working on what we found out was my twisted sacrum (causing the lower back to do all sorts of nasty things) and my neck alignment issues. Today I went in for an adjustment and told Dr. Schade that she should take a video of me dancing for advertisement - because I felt like I could dance again! I then showed her some of my sweet dance moves and laughed, thinking people could be amazed AND amused all at the same time :D Thanks Dr. Schade, Dr. Cole in rehab, and all of you at Active Life. I can dance again.
      Leslie Stevenson
    • If you are struggling with physical pain, look no further...Dr. Cynthia Schade has perfected a center for healing like no other. As a physician who has had the privilege of helping many patients over the years with chronic pain, I can't emphasize enough the key role of expert chiropractic care, especially when combined with active physical rehabilitation and healing massage. It's just hard to find--until now. After suffering with chronic pain for 23 years, I walked out of Dr. Schade's office after two treatment sessions pain-free and have remained so ever since. The combination of thorough evaluation, precision adjustment, active exercise, therapeutic massage, and modalities like the Graston approach which breaks up fibrous snarls of angry connective tissue, well, it's been the ticket to wellness for me. As an extra bonus, Dr. Schade utilizes state-of-the-art technology starting with her terrific online registration to user-friendly body location diagrams where clients can map their pain each visit. Her office staff is always courteous, friendly, and eager to help. This unique package of outstanding services keeps me coming back each week, braving Austin traffic all the way from Cedar Park to Dr. Schade's door. I'm delighted to refer friends, family, and patients in need to the Active Life Wellness & Healthcare Center...it's a healing place that makes your body a recovery space!
      Kimberly Arlinghaus