Electrical Stimulation (neuromuscular electrical stimulation, functional electrical stimulation, task-specific electrical stimulation) uses electrical pulses to mimic signals coming from cells in the nervous system, either from muscles or nerves. By creating a sensory and motor input, it provides the user with increased muscular awareness and ability for muscle contraction through its assistance. Electrical stimulation can send signals to targeted muscle groups to promote muscle contraction to help improve blood flow, help repair an injured muscle or promote overall strengthening.
The use of electrical stimulation can:
- Improve muscle strength and function
- Improve range of motion
- Improve circulation