In the past 30 to 40 years, there has been a marked increase in the clinical use of nerve and muscle stimulating currents. Many procedures have come into widespread use. Electrical stimulation (ES) is used to induce intermittent skeletal muscle contraction and relaxation in order to minimize circulatory stasis, muscle atrophy and muscle spasm. ES also induces patient’s awareness of what he/she feels or sees when the patient is voluntarily attempting to increase or decrease skeletal muscle tension in a more functional fashion.
This electrical energy is intended to stimulate the cutaneous sensory nervous system and/or the skeletal muscle fibers directly. The objectives of these techniques is to, either passively or concurrently with patient attempts at active contraction, alter the degree of skeletal muscle.
- Contraction of muscle.
- Negates pain by stimulating non- pain fibers to block pain impulses.
- Stimulates body to release endorphins and enkephalins which are your body’s natural pain ki1Jing chemicals for enhancing
blood flow and venous return.
- Symptomatic relief and management of
- Re-education of innovated muscle (lack of nervous energy).
- Facilitation of muscular contraction for reduction of atrophy for training of new muscle action following surgical transplantation and/or
- Prevention and loosening of adhesions based on increased movement of
- Reduction of muscle spasm to exhaustion of muscle.