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:
Aquatic therapy provides a non-weight bearing intervention to enable an individual of varying levels of mobility the ability to move freely. This low-impact environment can help achieve one’s goals by working one-on-one with a trained therapist to maximize functional independence in a fun, interactive way
Benefits to Aquatic therapy include:
Cuevas MEDEK Exercise (CME) / MEDEK is a form of physiotherapy treatment used to treat children with Motor Delay. Founded in 1973 by Ramon Cuevas, MEDEK comes from the Spanish acronym that means dynamic method for motor stimulation.
The basis of CME is to provoke autonomic motor movements. As one requires postural control in order to pull up our body and stabilize within space, CME relies on our vestibular and proprioceptive systems for response.
In CME therapy we place the child in a position where gravity is requiring a response, and then we wait for them to complete it, with gradually less assistance over time. In this way the brain practices these normal automatic responses and develops the appropriate synapses to make the response a consistent reaction.