Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES): A Possible Treatment for People Too Weak to Exercise

Massage therapy often includes the use of TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) devices, which focus on the sensory nerves. By applying short and painless stimulation to the sensory nerves around areas where clients have experienced injury, TENS devices disrupt pain signals to the brain.

Now more and more therapy is including Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES), which instead targets the muscles through the motor nerves. 

The following blog discusses the different applications for both, investigating how NMES is being used to help produce and improve muscle mass for those who are too weak to do traditional physical exercise.

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“Exercise can benefit people who have, or are recovering from, a serious illness, including cancer. The problem is, people who are very ill often have muscle weakness and other side effects that prevent them from being physically active. It’s a catch-22 situation.

Fortunately, there may be a technological solution, and it goes by the rather unattractive name of neuromuscular electrical stimulation – or NMES, for short. You may have seen this type of gadget advertised on TV, promising you a six pack without having to do a single sit-up. All you have to do is strap a belt, studded with electrodes, around your middle and let the electrical impulses do the work. Each time a shock is delivered, the muscles contract, as they would through regular exercise.”

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