neuromuscular electrical stimulation

Definition / meaning of neuromuscular electrical stimulation

A procedure in which small electric impulses are used to stimulate muscles that are weak or paralyzed. It helps to increase muscle strength, blood circulation, and range of motion and to lessen muscle spasms. Also called NES, NMES, and therapeutic (subthreshold) electrical stimulation.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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