Electrical Stimulation

Electrical stimulation is the use of electrical current across the skin to activate a nerve or muscle. The electrical current is conducted through the skin with the use of electrode pads. Electrical stimulation can be used on the upper and lower extremities. Currently Medical Support Services, Inc. has three types of electrical stimulation. These include: TENS, NMES, and biofeedback. Since the electrical stimulation units are portable, it is possible to use the stimulation during functional tasks.
Candidates for referral may include:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Peripheral nerve injuries
  • Spasticity or increased muscle tone
  • Disuse atrophy or muscle weakness
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Neurological conditions
Areas of improvement that can be expected include:

  • Increase in muscular strength and endurance
  • Facilitate motor recruitment during function
  • Decrease spasticity
  • Increase range of motion
  • Promote circulation
  • Improve body awareness
  • Improvements in function
  • Decrease in pain