Transcutaneous & Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
If your child is experiencing pain or muscle weakness, they may benefit from two types of electrical stimulation that can be used in their treatment plan: transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES).
TENS is a non-invasive treatment using low-voltage electrical currents to relieve pain. It works by stimulating the nerves in the affected area, which can block the pain signals from reaching the brain. TENS can be used to treat various pediatric conditions that cause pain, such as juvenile idiopathic arthritis, headaches, and musculoskeletal injuries.
NMES, on the other hand, uses electrical currents to stimulate the muscles directly. It can be used to improve muscle strength, reduce muscle spasticity, and enhance motor control in children with neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy.
TENS and NMES are safe and effective treatments that can be used with other physiotherapy and kinesiology interventions. Our team of pediatric physiotherapists and kinesiologists can work with you and your child to determine if electrical stimulation is the right choice for their treatment plan.
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