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Is Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Safe For Everyone?

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. It produces the impulses and delivers them through electrodes placed on the skin close to the muscles that need stimulation. If you are also suffering from any health issue then you can book an appointment with a chiropractor via sheldonwellness.com/services/neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation/.

Stimulate Recovery

Electrical stimulation has been shown to be an effective therapeutic option for individuals suffering from pain and weakness. The impulses are similar to the brain's impulses to stimulate muscle tissue. Below are some of the benefits clients may experience:

  • Decrease pain
  • Muscle re-education and Strengthening
  • Increase range of motion
  • Increase circulation
  • Decrease spasticity

Not For Everyone

Though electrical stimulation is safe to treat many conditions, contraindications do exist. Some of the common ones include:

  • Avoid stimulation over:

-Carotid sinus/anterior transcervical area

-Heart transthoracic area

-Abdominal, low back, and pelvic area during pregnancy

-Cancerous lesions

-Superficial metal (e.g. staples, pins, external fixators)

  • Cardiac pacemaker or defibrillator
  • Clients prone to seizures

Hence, electrical stimulation is not safe for everyone. You must consult your doctor before undergoing this therapy to avoid any kind of complications.