Electrical Muscle Stimulation in Lancashire
Ribble Valley Children's Physiotherapy is the leading paediatric physiotherapy clinic in Lancashire, dedicated to providing specialised care for children with neurodisabilities amongst other conditions. One of the innovative treatment options we offer is Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), a therapeutic technique that has shown remarkable success in improving muscle function, muscle strength and enhancing overall quality of life for children facing various physical challenges.
What is Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)?
EMS involves the application of an electrical current to the surface of the skin using adhesive or rubber electrodes. These electrodes are strategically positioned in close proximity to the muscles that require stimulation. The electrical current stimulates the muscles, triggering muscle contractions by depolarising the intact motor neurons responsible for transmitting signals to the target muscles through synaptic transmission. The resulting muscle contractions can range from small twitches to powerful movements at the joints.
The key to effective EMS lies in the manipulation of specific electrical stimulation parameters by our paediatric clinicians. These parameters include frequency, amplitude, and pulse width, all of which can be adjusted to suit each individual's needs.
Frequency refers to the number of electrical pulses delivered per second, measured in Hertz (Hz). By carefully selecting the appropriate frequency, our experienced children's physiotherapists, can target specific muscle fibres, promoting muscle re-education and strengthening. Higher frequencies are often used to target smaller, weaker muscles, while lower frequencies are suitable for larger muscles.
Pulse width, also known as pulse duration, refers to the length of time the electrical pulse is applied, measured in milliseconds (ms). Adjusting the pulse width allows our clinicians to control the duration of muscle contractions. Shorter pulse widths are used to generate quick, repetitive muscle contractions, while longer pulse widths produce sustained muscle contractions.
Amplitude, sometimes referred to as intensity, determines the strength of the electrical current delivered to the muscles. By modulating the amplitude, our Lancashire physiotherapists can adjust the intensity of muscle contractions according to individual needs and tolerance levels. This flexibility ensures that children receive a safe and comfortable treatment experience while achieving optimal therapeutic outcomes.
EMS Therapy in Lancashire
EMS therapy is considered a low-risk treatment modality, especially when performed by skilled and knowledgeable clinicians like those at Ribble Valley Children's Physiotherapy. The process is non-invasive, meaning it does not require any surgical procedures or medications. This aspect makes it a suitable and appealing option for children with neurodisabilities, as it minimises potential complications and discomfort.
Moreover, EMS therapy offers a range of high benefits. It aids in the development of muscle strength, improves coordination, enhances muscle control and promotes functional movement patterns. By facilitating muscle re-education and strengthening, EMS therapy can contribute to improved mobility and independence for children with neurodisabilities.
EMS & Spina Bifida
One specific application of EMS therapy is spinal electrical stimulation, which has shown promising results in helping children with conditions such as Spina Bifida. Spina Bifida is a congenital condition that affects the development of the spinal cord and can lead to paralysis and muscle weakness. By applying electrical stimulation to the muscles affected by Spina Bifida, EMS therapy can help to activate and strengthen these muscles, enhancing the child's ability to move and perform daily activities.
Book Electrical Muscle Stimulation Therapy in Lancashire Today
At Ribble Valley Children's Physio, we are committed to providing the highest standard of care.Our experienced and compassionate team of Lancashire based children's physiotherapists utilise state-of-the-art electrical muscle stimulation machines and evidence-based techniques to deliver effective EMS therapy tailored to each child's unique needs. Through our comprehensive approach, we aim to empower children, optimise their physical abilities and foster a brighter future. Book a session today.
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