Welcome Back to Therapy Tuesday with Peg!! I have started doing a lot of research/reading for myself about Electrical Stimulation (ES) therapy, & its treatment, particularly with restoring function, after a stroke. ES therapy has given patients with neurological problems a better quality of life. I was fortunate to have been introduced to ES therapy earlier, and now I want to rediscover what it can do for me in addition to my physical therapy.
ES has been around for over 2000 years!! It started with the use of live torpedo fish delivering an electric current for pain treatments!! In recent times, though, ES has been used in pacemakers, ear implants, & other physical/nerve stimulations.
Muscle spasticity is a common problem for stroke survivors, & perhaps one of my biggest problems now! The involved muscles develop a resistance to being stretched - & this I can certainly feel with my right arm/hand.
While Electrical Stimulation works for many, it is not for everyone, especially those with a cardiac pacemaker or a defibrillator. And there are certain parts of the body the ES should not be used on.
ES devices have been developed for use in homes as well as rehab facilities.
Neuromuscular ES (NMES), specifically Functional ES (FES) that compensates for voluntary motion, & Therapeutic ES (TES) aimed at muscle strengthening & recovery, are greatly used in stroke rehab.
The MOST CURRENT USE & RESULTS of devices in Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation for my stroke rehab is of utmost interest to me right now, as is the continued need to choose the best therapies & the continued need to retrain my brain along with my arm/hand. I will continue to share what I am finding with you here, along with my exercises & the progress that my exercises are providing!! God Bless!