Just is in human therapy, Transcutaneous Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation (TENS) works in dogs by sending low level currents to an area of muscle that has been injured or weakened due to lack of use, stimulating it and forcing it to contract.
Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation (TENS) for Canine Rehabilitation.
This stimulation helps to re-train your dog’s muscle, which improves the muscle’s ability to work properly and speeds the healing and strengthening process. After a dog has had an orthopedic injury or surgery, it is extremely important that the affected muscle group heals and strengthens properly. The proper rehabilitation and healing process not only helps return your dog to an optimal level of activity, but is the best way to prevent arthritis that can result when weak muscles are not adequately supporting the joint. In a dog where arthritis has already set in, neuromuscular stimulation may also be used to stimulate the muscle and improve stiffness in the joint.
At Canine Rehabilitation and Arthritis Center, indications for TENS include:
- Rehabilitation following TPLO, Total Hip Replacement, fracture repair and other orthopedic surgeries.
- Therapy for osteoarthritis.
- Enhance performance in sporting breeds.
Benefits of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation in Dogs include:
- Helps muscles to heal or strengthen more quickly
- Improves or maintains range of motion in the affected joint
- Helps prevent osteoarthritis after a surgery
- Helps prevent muscle atrophy (weakness and degeneration of muscle)
- Faster healing which means less pain for your pet