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Certified occupational therapists at Hand in Hand Occupational Therapy utilize electrical stimulation to help patients that are affected by paralysis of immobility of the hands due to a stroke or having undergone a major orthopedic surgery. Occupational therapists at our practice perform electrical stimulation therapy to help patients paralyzed by a stroke to rewire their brain and restore some dexterity to the paralyzed hand. At Hand in hand, occupational therapists seek to improve quality of life for our patients when traditional treatment approaches have failed.
How does Electrical Stimulation Therapy work?
Electrical stimulation therapy is a therapeutic treatment that conveys electrical currents to activate the nerves in the hand to restore functionality such as grasping and voluntary movement. It works by mimicking the body’s natural way of contracting its muscles. Electrical stimulation therapy can help prevent atrophy by building strength in the muscles. Occupational therapists at Hand in Hand attach electrodes to the patient’s skin to allow the muscles to contract enabling muscle tone and strength that could waste away from lack of usage. Electrical current from the connecting machine is administered to the electrodes attached to the patient’s skin and delivered to the muscle tissue below, causing a sensory or motor response. During electrical stimulation therapy having the patient actively contract their muscles can reinstate the brain to re-learn how to contract the muscle on its own.
Benefits of Electrical Stimulation Therapy
At Hand in Hand, many of our patients have benefited from undergoing electrical stimulation therapy since it serves as an effective way to manage both pain and restore muscle functionality. Electrical stimulation provides many patients with an alternative to taking pain relievers to reduce their pain. However, occupational therapists at Hand in Hand inform patients that although electrical stimulation may cause a muscle to contract, it may not be of a significant outcome for patients where neurological damage is severe.