Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) is commonly used at sufficiently high intensities to produce muscular contraction either whilst the patient is stationary or during movement. The waveforms and electrical intensity is similar to that of the TENS. Unlike the TENS which targets sensory nerves, NMES targets motor nerves and it's aim is to change muscle function and increase muscle strength, so is good as part of the rehabilitation process where muscle mass has been lost due to reduced use.
NMES is good for the following:
- Muscle strengthening
- Muscle atrophy
- Neurological damage
- Muscle re-education