Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Toledo, OH

Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation

Neuromuscular stimulation devices, also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NEMS), and electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) are medical devices that transmit an electrical impulse which mimics the action of the central nervous system through electrodes adhered on the skin over selected muscle groups, causing the muscles to contract as a form of physical therapy or exercise. These devices are used for pain management as well as for the prevention of muscle atrophy and help strengthen muscles, maintain or gain range of motion, and temporarily reduce spasticity.

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We Are Now Offering ThermoStim! This electrical stimulation device is a soft-tissue mobilization tool that also allows a practitioner to deliver heat to enhance the effects of warming the fascia and soft tissue during treatment. Plus, the ThermoStim offers cold therapy in combination with electrical stimulation to provide desensitization and increase comfort to our patient while significantly reducing treatment times.


How will electrical stimulation therapy benefit me?

At our physical therapy practice, our main priorities are your comfort, safety, and dignity. You will undergo a physical examination at your initial appointment, in addition to being asked questions about your current condition and medical history. From there, one of our licensed physical therapists will create an individualized treatment plan, based on your specific needs.

If our physical therapist believes electrical stimulation will be beneficial to you, he or she will explain it in-depth, and it will be incorporated into your treatment plan. During an electrical stimulation treatment, you’ll be asked to sit or lie in a comfortable position, your skin in the target treatment area will be cleaned and prepped, and your PT will guide you step-by-step through the entire treatment.

Will electrical stimulation therapy hurt me?

To put it simply – no! In fact, the intensity of the electrical muscle stimulation or sensory nerve stimulation can be easily modified to the tolerance of each patient.

Electrical stimulation contains a variety of different modes to stimulate the nerves in different ways. These modes all consist of different currents, and the current you are prescribed will be dependent upon the nature of your condition and the severity of it. The different types of modes include transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), interferential, pre-modulated, Russian, and symmetrical or asymmetrical bi-phasic.

Some patients report feeling a small sensation, such as a “tingly,” “prickly,” or “pins and needles” feeling. When used for muscle strengthening, electrical stimulation can sometimes become a bit uncomfortable, but it should never result in pain.

What should I experience from electrical stimulation therapy?

One of the biggest reasons electrical stimulation is prescribed is for pain management. This modality can trigger an innate and completely natural analgesic effect by stimulating specific sensory nerve fibers (including A-beta, A-delta, and C fibers), which both decrease the sensation of pain and release neurotransmitters that prolong the pain-relieving effects.

Electrical stimulation therapy has a variety of other benefits, including:

  • Decrease swelling
  • Reduce muscle spasm
  • Improve range of motion
  • Increase local circulation
  • Improve motor coordination
  • Provide neuromuscular re-education
  • Provide biofeedback (aka improve body awareness)
  • Prevent or reverse muscle atrophy (especially after prolonged immobilization, such as a limb being cast as a fracture heals)
  • Reduce, eliminate, and/or control pain (both acute and chronic)

Electrical stimulation therapy is also safe to use on every area of the body – even the anterior neck, lower back, hips, knees, feet, and ankles or skin, or decreased sensation.

However, electrical stimulation is not for everyone. Those with deep vein thrombosis, those who are pregnant, those with pacemakers, and those with impaired cognition would likely be advised against electrical stimulation.

Some of the most common conditions treated with electrical stimulation include:

  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Acute sports-related or auto accident-related injuries

Consult with a physical therapist today!

If you are interested in learning more about electrical stimulation therapy, or if you think it could benefit you, contactSouth Toledo Physical Therapy today to request an appointment.

We will get you started on the path toward pain relief and recovery!