Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
NMES is important for muscle re-education, prevention and slowing of muscle atrophy, and to enhance joint movement. It targets specific muscle groups to create a muscle contraction by depolarizing motor nerves causing a contraction. NMES is most commonly chosen for patients immediately following musculoskeletal or neurologic injury or surgery to encourage muscle use and discourage atrophy. It is also beneficial to prevent contracture of joints by contracting muscles that cause joint flexion and extension.