Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is a type of electrotherapy which stimulates a muscle contraction using electrical impulses in order strengthen weak muscles, reduce swelling, relieve pain and help heal wounds.
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES)uses high intensities that cause excitation of peripheral nerves to produce a muscle contraction.
The impulses are generated by a device and delivered through electrodes (pads that adhere to the skin) over the middle of the muscles that require stimulating. The impulses from EMS mimic the action potential (stimulus required to make the muscle contract) coming from the central nervous system. This causes the muscles to contract.
There are several uses for EMS and NMES which include:
Benefits of EMS include:
We also use electrical muscle stimulation in the treatment of neurological conditions like Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis & Cerebral Palsy to decrease spasticity & help maintain muscle strength for as long as possible.