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  • Gerrard Farrell
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    Re: Foot borne circulatory devices

    The previous post contains a note as follows -

    "Note - I am not advocating electrical stimulation of the foot muscles in a standing or walking/running individual due to possible balance issues . "

    It made me wonder if NMES might be a comparatively inexpensive way of delivering balance perturbation training .

    We know that the intrinsic foot muscles and those around the ankle are involved in balance .So , if they are unexpectedly and briefly subjected to specific patterns of NMES , it follows that they could be involved in loss of balance . In addition , in a standing individual ,
    the effect would be to produce a balance shift similar to a trip and not a slip .
    Safety would of course require supervision and a safety harness .

    Any thoughts on this ?

    Gerry

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  • Gerrard Farrell
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    Foot borne circulatory devices

    Has anyone considered using foot borne intermittent compression devices in combination with NMES . That is to say using the two systems simultaneously ?
    The rational behind the question is that intermittent compression devices work by applying force to the sole of the foot which is then transmitted , mainly via viscoelastic muscle tissue , to the veins of the plantar venous plexus which then collapse and eject blood . I suspect that if the intrinsics are in a state of active contraction then the forces applied by such devices might be better transmitted to the PVP and so produce a more forceful emptying of the plexus .

    The level of electrical stimulation would not need to be very high with the state of contractile activity in the intrisic foot muscles being intermittently raised to only a little above the normal resting tone of the muscle .
    If proven to be effective then perhaps a similar "combined" system could be tested for the calf muscle pump so that intermittent compression and NMES could be used simultaneously and to greater effect than intermittent pneumatic compression alone .

    Regards

    Gerry
    Note - I am not advocating electrical stimulation of the foot muscles in a standing or walking/running individual due to possible balance issues .
    Gerrard Farrell

    Glasgow


    Last edited by Gerrard Farrell; May 19th, 2017, 03:33 PM. Reason: Note section
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