quiz #1 – neuromuscular electrical stimulation

  1. what are the purposes of neuromuscular electrical stimulation
    • strengthen muscles– primary reason
    • improve voluntary control of muscles
    • relax muscles
    • prevent loss of strength of muscles
    • realign skeleton– scoliosis
    • increase range of motion
  2. Where is the cathode usually placed?
    Over the motor point or peripheral nerve
  3. Where is the anode placed?
    on the muscle
  4. The anode is also called the _______?
    positive or inactive electrode
  5. Will a bigger electrode be stronger?
    No, because the voltage would be carried over greater distance
  6. true or false – two or more cathodes will produce a more complex and natural motion.
  7. which set up will consume more energy?
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    • the set up will drain a battery in a tens unit much quicker
  8. true or false – the anode is typically smaller or equal to the size of the cathode
    false – the cathode is typically smaller or equal to the size of the anode
  9. true or false – the anode is also called the "ground"
  10. name that set up
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    bipolar setup
  11. Name that set up
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    monopolar set up
  12. What are the parameters of stimulation?
    pulse width – ?
    waveform –?
    Amplitude –?
    Frequency –?
    • pulse width - 200 – 500 µs
    • waveform – variable
    • amplitude – depends on tissue resistance
    • frequency – 20 – 80 Hz
  13. What are some factors of electrical resistance when performing electrical stimulation
    • thick skin – men tend to have thicker skin
    • fat
    • hair – good idea to have electric shaver ( just in case)
  14. how will the type of muscle effect the speed of muscle contraction
    • fast twitch will twitch quicker (ex. hand muscles)
    • slow twitch will twitch slower (ex. postural muscles)
  15. Do you want to recruit all motor units at once?
    No that will cause quicker fatigue
  16. what is critical fusion frequency?
    • stimulus frequency at which maximum twitch tension of a single motor unit summates with the maximum twitch tension of a second twitch of the same motor unit
    • point at which there is a smooth muscle contraction
  17. What does this graph represent?
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    • Critical Fusion Frequency
    • x-axis: time
    • y-axis: tension
    • graph shows increased frequency which "pulls the slack out of the muscle"
  18. Define Tetanic contraction
    state of tension produced when the critical fusion frequency produces contraction of a single motor unit
  19. What does NMES stand for?
    neuromuscular electrical stimulation
  20. true or false – if the frequency is too high the muscle will become fatigued
  21. true or false – small motor units are recruited last
    false – small units are recruited first
  22. what are the characteristics of voluntary recruitment of motor units
    • smallest units recruited first
    • large units recruited last
    • units driven at their critical fusion frequency
    • never recruit all motor units simultaneously – you have to teach the muscles to do that, Olympic weightlifters
  23. What muscles have the higher critical fusion frequency- hand muscles or postural muscles
    • hand muscles = 50 HZ
    • postural muscles = 25 HZ
  24. true or false – the thinner/smaller the axons the higher the voltage needed to depolarize the nerve
    true because there will be more resistance
  25. true or false – the larger axon the more motor fiber will be innervated
  26. what is the difference between depolarization of motor nerves from electrical stimulation and depolarization of motor nerves from the brain
    • electrical stimulation – recruits larger nerves first
    • brain – recruits smaller nerves first
  27. what are the characteristics of stimulus evoked contraction
    • larger units recruited first
    • single twitches occur at stimilus frequencies less than CFF of motor units
    • increase in stimulus intensity will recruit more units
    • all motor units can be recruited simultaneously
  28. which can produce the greatest tension possible from a skeletal muscle ?
    functional electrical stimulation
    voluntary contraction
    functional electrical stimulation
  29. what is "ramp"
    • a feature on electrical stimulators that will gradually increase or decrease voltage
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  30. what is a duty cycle?
    • a ratio of on/off time
    • 1/3 – strengthening protocol (to avoid muscle cramps)
    • grade of 3 will be tolerated by most people
  31. what is the "synchronous" feature on the functional electrical stimulator
    two channels on a unit working together
  32. what is the "reciprocal" feature on functional electrical stimulator
    have 1 muscle retract while agonist contracts
  33. what is the typical pulse duration
  34. What is the frequency used for most muscles?
    25-50 Hz
  35. What are two potential pulse shapes
    • asymmetrical
    • symmetrical
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quiz #1 – neuromuscular electrical stimulation
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