I contacted my MS clinic to ask to see a physical therapist. I want to try using electric stimulation to help the muscles in my leg that are affected with long standing drop foot. I got very good advice from Wahls Facebook group to see a PT who can assess where I should place the electric stimulation. Interestingly enough, my MS clinic is just beginning to experiment with this exact therapy. Timing? Coincidence? I think not. I am hoping to have the device covered. It will take a month for me to get into see a PT. Patience, so hard to wait!
For those who do not know where I got this idea from, Dr. Wahls, who’s Protocol I am following (see my page on research, websites and books for links to her information), corrected her drop foot this way, in 2007 to 2008. She used electrical impulse and exercise to rebuild atrophied muscles. Others have done the same who have followed her example. Well, I’m down with that! But the damage stems from the brain, how will that work? A few ways, one I am practicing a lifestyle that reverses damage, two the atrophy, from limited use or muscle reeducation. It already exists for those who can afford it, an electric brace that sends electric pulses that help the afflicted person move their leg up when walking. Here’s a link that offers and explains this: http://www.walkaide.com/Pages/default.aspx
That device, which is used when walking is not exactly what I am seeking, I need a conduit called NEMS, explanation:
Neuromuscular stimulation devices, also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NEMS), and electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) are medical devices that transmit an electrical impulse which mimics the action of the central nervous system though electrodes adhered on the skin over selected muscle groups, causing the muscles to contract as a form of physical therapy or exercise. These devices are used for pain management as well as for prevention of muscle atrophy, and help strengthen muscles, maintain or gain range of motion, and temporarily reduce spasticity.
Can be bought here: http://www.rehabmart.com/category/neuromuscular_stimulation.htm
Prices ranging from $87 to $4000 USD
Dr. Wahls’ book does give the website she purchased her model from, but it is not longer a valid site. When I understand more, I’ll put up more info. I will add this information to the research page.