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Muscle Therapy

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Muscle Therapy

By integrating NMES into garments, Wearable Therapy® puts you in control of therapy time to help you achieve unmatched muscle rehabilitation.

 

Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) is the science of muscle activation using electrical impulses.

 

To make muscles contract, a muscle stimulator sends impulses to targeted nerves and muscles.

As current flows, muscles contract.  When the impulses are stopped, the muscles relax. 

All of this can take place without the brain initiating the contraction. Therefore, NMES is a method of artificially inducing muscles to work even when the brain has lost some or all the ability to make the body move.

 

Prevents Muscle Atrophy

Muscle atrophy is a decline of muscle strength precipitated by a loss of stress on the muscle. NMES is an effective modality for treating atrophied muscle. NMES contracts muscle gently or with more vigor depending on the intensity of the stimulus.

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Increases Range of Motion

Muscle Stimulation actively flexes and extends joints to promote movement in stiff or contracted limbs.  Cyclical muscle stimulation induces movement and is helpful at increasing range of motion of joints and preventing regression.

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Reeducates Muscle

The process of relearning how to move and contract muscle is called reeducation. NMES can invoke muscle reeducation by repeatedly contracting and relaxing muscles. This activity strengthens the connection between the brain and muscle.

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Increases Local Blood Circulation

Poor circulation is the slowing of blood flow to an anatomical area. Poor blood flow can occur when muscles don't contract with adequate frequency or when they lack sufficient strength to push stagnant blood back into circulation.

NMES-induced contractions force blood to move toward the heart. Along with its effect on venous flow, the added muscle activity that NMES produces creates a demand for oxygen-rich blood to flow into a contracting muscle and surrounding area.

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Relaxes Muscle Spasms

Muscle spasms are involuntary muscle contractions that either put muscles into a state of constant tension or into erratic, pulsating contractions. NMES can calm muscle spasms and restore a more natural state of relaxation.

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Indications for NMES:

  • Retarding or preventing disuse atrophy
  • Maintaining or increasing range of motion
  • Reeducating muscles
  • Relaxation of muscle spasms
  • Increasing local blood circulation
  • Prevention of venous thrombosis of the calf muscles immediately after surgery
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Treatment for the Effects of Spinal Cord Injury

Wearable Therapy® treats the effects of neurological conditions such as disuse muscle atrophy and muscle spasms in patients with spinal cord injury.

It is important to begin using Wearable Therapy® as soon as possible after spinal cord injury to prevent the loss of muscle mass.

Drew's Story

Drew Clayborn was practicing a backflip in 2010 for the school musical at Walled Lake Central High in Michigan, when the unthinkable occurred. Drew Clayborn, a 15 year old sophomore, suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed.

Despite his injury, Drew finished high school and now attends the University of Michigan.

Drew incorporates Wearable Therapy® into his daily routine.  Even though he is busy attending classes and studying, he is able to fit in daily workouts with Wearable Therapy® because it is conveniently done in his bed or in his wheelchair.

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Drew now uses Wearable Therapy® 3-5 hours per day to prevent muscle atrophy, to manage muscle spasms and improve local circulation.

Drew can use his Wearable Therapy® while engaging in other activities such as studying, watching TV and sleeping.

Drew was fit with a full compliment of  Wearable Therapy® systems designed for patients with complete quadriplegia.  It includes the following:

Arms

Left Arm BioSleeve 
deltoid
biceps
triceps
finger flexors
finger extensors

Right Arm BioSleeve 
deltoid
biceps
triceps
finger flexors
finger extensors

Spine

BioVest
paraspinal muscles

BioBelt
abdominals

Legs

BioShorts
quadriceps
hamstrings
gluteals

Left Leg BioSleeve 
dorsiflexors
plantarflexors

Right Leg BioSleeve 
dorsiflexors
plantarflexors

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Drew's legs look as good as the day he attempted that backflip.

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Drew Clayborn is a Wearable Therapy® user and advocate. We stand in strong support of this young man as he demonstrates to the world that the human spirit can overcome great obstacles.

Wearable Therapy may be the right choice for you.

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“Bracing was attempting to correct my body, but Wearable Therapy® is actually working with it and there’s no fight.  My body simply cooperates when I’m using it.  

I used my arm about 4% of the time before Wearable Therapy®.  I had to think should I use the arm or just simply use my good hand.  And now I use my affected hand in 80% of my activities. It’s not perfect yet, but the effort it takes to move my arm is becoming easier all the time.

-David

"I sometimes forget what this technology does, but when David walks without Wearable Therapy® it takes me back to the time when he struggled so much. With the Wearable Therapy® device his ankle doesn’t roll over and collapse. His foot is no longer doing that to the degree it was. It seems to be improving all the time.  

David’s need for many of the medications and treatments he was undergoing has greatly decreased. This technology has lowered the cost to manage David’s condition and yet provided him with unprecedented results that I thought he would never achieve. He plateaued a long time ago. Wearable Therapy® is something that should be offered to patients as early as possible to prevent atrophy and to move the patient along much faster.  

To watch this giant leap forward take place is just the best feeling.”

-David's Mom