Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
Even though it has a pretty strange-sounding name, this form of therapy is meant to help control pain — not cause it. If you’d like to see a video of the procedure, take a look further down to see Duke’s experience with us. Electrotherapeutic methods involve the use of electrical currents to accelerate the healing process, slow muscle deterioration, and build muscle mass during periods of inactivity.
Electrical stimulation, also known as the much shorter “e-stim,” is the application of electrical impulses to a muscle group to stimulate their contraction. We do this by putting little electrodes on the affected area and running a light current through it. Neuromuscular e-stim can be used to prevent degeneration of a muscle or muscle group while transcutaneous e-stim aids in pain management.
This method is used most commonly in orthopedic or neurological injuries and disease. Patients recovering from orthopedic surgery, fracture repair, spinal cord injury, and other neurological and orthopedic issues may benefit from electrical stimulation. It may also be used to help reduce swelling or edema after a procedure.
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation is great for:
- Protective muscle spasms
- Muscle atrophy from disuse
- Pain management
- Joint swelling
- Tendon and muscle healing
- Improper muscle timing issues
- Neurologic atrophy
- Circulatory disorders
- Soft tissue swelling
- Facilitation of normal contractions after injury or joint disease