• What is NEMS?

  • Why NEMS?

  • Common Questions

  • Coverage Options

  • Research

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NEMS) is the use of electrical stimuli on a group of muscles with the objective of rehabilitating the injured muscle or stroke-affected area.

NEMS is primarily used by physiotherapists as a form of rehabilitation treatment after injury, stroke, or other incident that results in loss of muscle function.

During a physiotherapy treatment, electrodes are placed on the skin over the targeted muscles. NMES passes safe electrical impulses through the area.

This process is done to stimulate the nerves in the muscle. This helps to restore the communication between the brain and the muscular system in such a way that your muscles are ‘retrained’ to function normally again.

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation or NMES therapy is very effective for preventive post operative muscle degeneration or for rehabilitation of strained and numb muscles following an injury or stroke. 

NMES therapy is the application of a very low level electrical current to a particular area on the body that needs muscle strengthening and pain relief.  Through electrical frequencies, these muscle groups are made to contract, which works to strengthen the target muscle group. There is no discomfort or pain in the treatment, except for the mild tingling sensation.

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation prevents muscle atrophy (degeneration) which allows patients to resume their usual activities rapidly than expected.

For those who have become weak and unable to walk due to loss of muscle mass, neuromuscular electrical stimulation can be a great option. NMES can be very effective in treating damaged tissue, reducing muscle pain and spasms.

Are the devices used in neuromuscular electrical stimulation safe?

Yes, the devices used meet FDA and Canadian requirements and approval.   

How much is the cost of the treatment for neuromuscular electrical stimulation?

Physiotherapy fees for this type of service depend on the condition of the injury and the severity. However, in many cases, your health insurance covers the cost.
 

Can neuromuscular electrical stimulation be used for chronic problems?

Definitely! Neuromuscular electrical stimulation is preferred for chronic problems because it heals damaged tissue. At the same time, it is important to note that NEMS doesn't restore actively exercising muscles being treated, but can aid when activation is not automatic.

Are the electrical impulses used in neuromuscular electrical stimulation safe?

Yes, the electrical impulses are tiny enough to ensure your safety, but effective enough to stimulate the nerves to accelerate the healing process. 

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The Effect of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) was conducted by the University of Pittsburg in 2008 to study how the therapy could produce 40 percent of maximum voluntary contraction in increasing muscle size.

The Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia in April 1995 studied ‘pedal forces produced during neuromuscular electrical stimulation cycling in paraplegics’.

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