Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) and transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation (TENS) involves the use of electrical stimulation to both strengthen muscles and for pain relief.
This non-painful and non-invasive therapeutic technique is performed by placing electrode pads against the pet’s skin or coat with a conductivity gel to deliver a low level electrical current.
At higher frequencies, NMES is used to stimulate motor nerve fibres of weak muscles which results in muscle contraction to help in the strengthening of the muscle. NMES is most often used in patients that are too weak to move certain muscle groups – muscles that has atrophied due to disuse after injury or from neurological disease.
At lower frequencies, TENS stimulates sensory nerve fibres which block the signal of pain, resulting in pain relief. TENS can be used alongside prescribed medication to provide pain relief to pets with acute or chronic pain conditions.
TENS units and the necessary accessories for use in pets are available for hire or purchase to Paws in Motion clients.
More information about how TENS works can be found here.
Asko had a tough start, born with hip dysplasia and needing surgery by 1 year of age. After doing well for years, Paws in Motion was called in to evaluate Asko after his gait or walk became increasingly abnormal and painful.
The Help ‘Em Up Walking Handle is a walking lead that works well with all sizes of Help ‘Em Up harness with a rotating handle that lets your dog walk freer with your support.
Whether physiotherapy is integrated post-surgery or as an alternative to surgery, all treatments are individually designed to meet each patient’s needs and goals to assist neurological retraining and return of function.