Thoughts & Ideas

the electric slide

8 February, 2007 (05:54) | Thoughts & Ideas

So, i’m seeing definite muscle loss with left leg since it’s in the cast. There has got to be a better way about this then just not using it at all and going to physical therapy afterward to make sure you build muscle back correctly. What I was thinking, get one of those electric pulse things, like the informercial belt you wear to strengthen abs. Send pulses to the affected muscles so that they flex and they won’t deteriorate, at least not as bad/fast. And for muscles covered in the cast, like my calf-muscle, have something that slides into the cast that gives the shock. I’m going to mention this idea to my doctor today.

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  • Zotz

    It’s often called neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) and is used extensively in rehab for sports athletes. It’s used for what you describe, to fight the possibility of muscle degradation during inactivity of a specific muscle or groups of muscles.

    It won’t bulk up muscle mass per say but it will significantly reduce possible muscle loss and place you in a better position when it comes to post-cast rehab. Just remember twenty percent of all broken bones get broken again in the first thirty to sixty days after being removed from the cast.

    I would suggest water aerobics to begin once out the cast. The resistance of the water will allow you to build and tone muscle while limiting the force exerted on your mending bone.

    Warmest Regards,
    Zotz

  • Zotz

    It’s often called neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) and is used extensively in rehab for sports athletes. It’s used for what you describe, to fight the possibility of muscle degradation during inactivity of a specific muscle or groups of muscles.

    It won’t bulk up muscle mass per say but it will significantly reduce possible muscle loss and place you in a better position when it comes to post-cast rehab. Just remember twenty percent of all broken bones get broken again in the first thirty to sixty days after being removed from the cast.

    I would suggest water aerobics to begin once out the cast. The resistance of the water will allow you to build and tone muscle while limiting the force exerted on your mending bone.

    Warmest Regards,
    Zotz