In this case, the nerve and not the muscle needs to be stimulated. How do we accomplish such a task, you may ask? We stimulate the motor point (which is the point at which the motor nerve supplies the muscle) of the muscle. The most effective way of doing this is through intramuscular stimulation or IMS, using electro-acupuncture, a form of Contemporary Medical Acupuncture. This procedure involves the insertion of a small, sterile acupuncture needle into the specific motor point of the muscle. An electrode is then attached to the needle and the muscle is then stimulated at a particular frequency to illicit muscle contraction for approximately 10 minutes. The muscle is tested for activation prior to treatment and afterward and there is an improvement in recruitment immediately. The treatment needs to be repeated, due to the habitual nature of the nervous system- the majority of cases respond and hold within 6 treatments at a frequency of twice weekly. After inhibited muscles have been activated in this manner, strengthening exercises can be applied- and this time, they will work.
For more information on intramuscular stimulation, please call the clinic at 1-902-404-3668.