Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
What is Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)?
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) is the use of small electrical currents to stimulate the contraction of muscles. Electrodes are placed specifically over certain motor points to contract certain muscles without placing strain or stress on joints.
Our NMES unit can also be used as a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit. A TENS unit can be used to help reduce pain or discomfort in a joint or muscle.
How does Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation work?
- Sometimes animals learn to walk or move abnormally after surgery or injury to avoid placing weight on the affected part of the body. When this occurs, the muscles become accustomed to firing in a way that may be inefficient thereby increasing the risk of re-injury. NMES can be used to retrain these muscles properly.
- NMES can mimic nerve signals causing muscles to contract. If active exercise is not possible or not recommended, NMES can be used instead to prevent or slow muscle atrophy.
- In some paralysis cases, NMES is able to speed nerve healing and the reconnection process.
How does transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation work?
- A TENS unit works by sending stimulating pulses across the surface of the skin and along the nerve strands. The stimulating pulses help prevent pain signals from reaching the brain.
- Tens units also help stimulate the body to produce higher levels of its own natural painkillers, called "Endorphins"
When is Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation recommended?
- Abnormal gaiting or posture
- Nerve damage or deficiencies
- Post-op orthopedic surgery
- Painful back, join or muscle