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Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation or NMES uses a device that sends electrical impulses to nerves. This input causes muscles to contract. The electrical stimulation can increase strength and range of motion, and offset the effects of disuse. It is often used to “re-train” or “re-educate” a muscle to function and to build strength after a surgery or period of disuse.
Functional Electrical Stimulation or FES refers to the use of electrical stimulation during a task. This can include walking or using an arm to reach. For example, “foot drop” is a common problem for a child with a neurological injury. The child has difficulty picking up his or her toes when walking. This may result in decreased walking speed, decreased step length, and tripping. FES can be applied to the muscles that lift the foot at the correct time during the walking cycle, which can help the child to lift and clear the foot when walking. This may result in increased strength of those muscles and increased range of motion at the ankle joint. FES can also improve safety, ease, and efficiency with walking.
FES: Children who may benefit from the use of these devices include those with foot drop while walking. This may include conditions such as: Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury, TBI (spell out), or Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury.
The monthly FES or neuroprosthetic clinic is an outpatient service that is centrally located at the Medical Office Building (MOB) at our Main (Burnet) Campus. We also have the Bioness® L300 and WalkAide® devices available for trial at our Drake Outpatient Location.
Children who need to gain strength or range in a certain muscle group may benefit from neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES).
We have a reputation for using the latest therapeutic approaches to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients. Our specialized programs range from aquatic therapy to vestibular rehabilitation.
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