Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) utilizes pulsed electrical signals to activate muscles that the patient may have little or no ability to activate on their own. Adhesive pads are attached to the patient's skin in the area where the muscle(s) to be activated reside and then attached to an NMES control unit. The control unit allows the therapist to adjust the strength, length, and frequency of the electrical pulse to suit both the patient's comfort and meet the needs of their therapy.
Level Eleven employs NMES in both physical and occupational therapy to assist a patient in movement of anything from the muscles in their legs to those in their hands.