Electrical stimulation or neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) is a technique used to elicit a muscle contraction using electrical impulses. Electrodes, controlled by a unit, are placed on the skin over a predetermined area. Electrical current is then sent from the unit to the electrodes and delivered into the muscle causing a contraction.
Numerous forms of electrotherapy are used to serve many purposes ranging from decreasing pain and inflammation to improving function and strength.
Electrical stimulation has been shown to be an effective therapeutic option for individuals suffering from pain and weakness. Below are some of the benefits clients may experience:
Though electrical stimulation is safe to treat many conditions, contraindications do exist. Some of the common ones include: