Negative Pressure Treatment – An Innovative Therapy Method for Faster Recovery
Author: Mira Väyrynen, PT, M.H.Sc
Recovery is an essential part of the training program for high-level performance and continued improvement (Dalleck 2019). Lack of recovery, trauma, overuse or prolonged stress of the tissue structures are common examples of the causes for sport injuries (Bahr et al 2015). There are several treatments that are usually performed after sports injury aiming to speed up the recovery process.
Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is a therapeutic treatment technique that has been used by therapists for both the adult and paediatric population. It refers to the stimulation of muscle through electrodes placed on the skin over the target muscle. An electrical current is then used to stimulate the muscle to contract. The advantage of such a technique is that it can be utilised even if there are problems with selective motor control or voluntary activation. Devices such as the Walk Aide® utilise this technology to address issues with foot clearance during gait.