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NeuroMuscular Electrical Stimulation

DSC00230NeuroMuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) utilizes high pulse width electrical simulation administered via electrode pads placed over specific muscle groups and sequenced through a microprocessor to fire the targeted muscle groups in the proper sequence to facilitate coordinated movements.

NMES provides activation below the level of spinal cord injury to retrain movement through sensory input and external stimulation. The unique parameters associated with the stimulation, specifically the high frequency (100 Hertz) and wide pulse width (1000-3000 microseconds), drive neural plasticity within the spinal cord. During the activity, multiple muscles are simultaneously stimulated to produce appropriate trunk, upper extremity and lower extremity movement patterns. The muscles are chosen based on the individual’s needs and the task specific item they are performing. The individual is encouraged to focus on the task specific item they are performing to increase the overall nervous system excitability.

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