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Course Overview

Muscle tissue and nervous tissue are considered excitable. Both types of tissue respond to internal and external stimuli. Electrical stimulation is considered an external stimulus, and when applied over the motor units of a muscle it can be used to produce a contraction for strengthening, functional training, or neuromuscular education. Neural tissue can be stimulated, resulting in an excitatory/inhibitory response to decrease pain perception. This educational activity will discuss the common types of electrical stimulation currents, and review the pre-programmed settings and parameters. This module will also explore some of the advantages to manually manipulating the parameters to enhance clinical outcomes and how to adjust them for greater patient comfort.

About the Course Author

Paul Higgins, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS, is an assistant professor of physical therapy in the department of rehabilitation sciences at the University of Hartford in Connecticut Paul Higgins, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

  • Illinois Division of Professional Regulation of Physical Therapists


    Relias Learning is an Illinois Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor, number 216.000290. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.
  • Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners


    This course meets the basic criteria of the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEUs.
  • Ohio Physical Therapy Association


    This course is approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, approval number 20S2569. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe the electrical stimulation parameters of frequency, intensity, and pulse width/duration, and discuss manipulation of the parameters for optimum treatment effectiveness; Discuss the use of electrical stimulation for muscle strengthening and propose an alternative to the 10/50/10 regimen ; Identify the terminology used in the literature to describe electrical stimulation currents and implement the currents for clinical use
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction

    Section 2: Literature Review

    Section 3: Parameters 

    Section 4: Pain Control

    Section 5: Muscle Contraction 

    Section 6: Muscle fatigue

    - NMES Study Protocols

    Section 7: Strengthening and Muscle Recruitment 

    Section 8: Clinical Discussion 

  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Physical Therapists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.