Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation

Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation, commonly known as “E-Stim”, is the application of a low level electrical current that results in a muscle stimulation. When e-stim is performed, electrode pads are placed on the affected muscle groups, stimulating the nerves to cause a muscle to move or twitch. Some people now own small, hand held, electrical muscle massagers. The E-Stim we use for therapy works in a similar manner, however it is much stronger for therapeutic benefits.

This modality is painless and often times very relaxing for the patient. E-stim is generally used for those pets that will not use their limb post surgery, pets recovering from back or neck surgery, and to aide in pain management. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation is best utilized twice weekly to prevent muscle atrophy, to stimulate muscles in non-ambulatory patients, and to strengthen muscles.