Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation, also known as NMES, is a method that sends impulses to nerves. This causes muscles to contract. The stimulation can improve strength and range of motion, and counteract the effects of the injury. It is used to "retrain" or "re-educate” a muscle to function after surgery or to increase strength.
A lot of people don't realize that electrical stimulation occurs naturally within the body. These tiny impulses from the nervous system allow muscles to contract. NMES is a short burst of electrical pulses that produce muscle contractions. This neuromuscular electrical stimulation therapy can be used by chiropractors in combination with other treatments, or as a stand-alone treatment.
Who Can Benefit?
General NMES- This service is for children who require strength or range of motion in a particular muscle group. after-surgery or general weakness.
Neuroprosthetics for children with difficulty grasping or foot drops- These devices may be beneficial to children who have trouble walking or are unable to grasp. These conditions could include stroke, cerebral palsy, and brain injury.
Muscular Dysfunction Atrophy – This happens to people who have had hip replacement surgery, or had a limb in a cast. The muscles become stiffer and less flexible due to the lack of use. The current from electrodes placed on the body causes contractions by stimulating the skin. This can be used to strengthen weaker muscles or groups of muscles.