Dr. Daniel Saunders is a Board Certified specialist treating all foot and ankle disorders/conditions. He completed his training on the East Coast, and relocated to Arizona nearly 20 years ago to start his practice. In addition to his office location in the East valley, he also performs surgery and consultations at several Arizona hospitals.
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation or NMES uses a device that sends electrical impulses to nerves. This input causes muscles to contract. The electrical stimulation can increase strength and range of motion, and offset the effects of disuse. It is often used to “re-train” or “re-educate” a muscle to function and to build strength after a surgery or period of disuse.
Use the the muscle stimulator as follows...
Intermittent sequential compression therapy (ISCT) is effective in reducing oedema of the lower limbs (Vowden, 2001) and can improve circulation of blood in the affected areas (Sayegh, 1987).
The primary functional aim of the device “is to squeeze blood from the underlying deep veins, which, assuming that the valves are competent, will be displaced proximally.” When the inflatable sleeves deflate, the veins will replenish with blood. The intermittent compressions of the sleeves will ensure the movement of venous blood.