Valley Veterinary Hospital

437 Danbury Road
New Milford, CT 06776


Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation

     Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) is a form of  canine rehabilitation and is offered at Valley

Veterinary Hospital and Squibnocket Animal Center. Also known as therapeutic (or threshold) electrical

stimulation (TES), is a form of electrical stimulation that attempts to strengthen muscles weakened by dis-use.

TES uses sub-contraction stimulus to promote muscle growth. In a pet with disuse atrophy, contracting muscles

 use the strongest fibers; therefore weakened muscles do not respond and deteriorate further.

     NMES increases blood flow to the muscles in which fibers are atrophied. NMES can also be used to treat muscle

atrophy and joint mobility problems, such as contractures; circulation inadequacies; disuse atrophy; spasticity

 (tone abnormalities) and gait abnormalities. NMES has also been used for orthopedic rehabilitation for pets that

 have musculoskeletal dysfunction (e.g., disuse weakness, joint restrictions, edema, and spasms). This therapy is used

 to strengthen muscle tone and improve functional abilities.  Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) for the

prevention and/or treatment of disuse muscle atrophy following immobilization, injury, or surgery is considered

medically necessary if the medical appropriateness criteria are met.