Tuesday
Jan122010

Electrical Stimulation 

Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses. The impulses are generated by a device and delivered through electrodes on the skin in direct proximity to the muscles to be stimulated. The impulses mimic the action potential coming from the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract. The electrodes are generally pads that adhere to the skin. EMS is both a form of electrotherapy and of muscle training.

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is a technique that uses electrical currents to activate nerves innervating extremities affected by paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury (SCI), head injury, stroke, or other neurological disorders, restoring function in people with disabilities. It is sometimes referred to as neuromuscular electrical stimulation.

Injuries to the spinal cord interfere with electrical signals between the brain and the muscles, resulting in paralysis below the level of injury. Restoration of limb function as well as regulation of organ function are the main applications of FES, although FES is also used for treatment of pain, pressure, and sore prevention.

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