Design considerations for the development of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) exercise in cancer rehabilitation

Dominic O'Connor, Olive Lennon, Conor Minogue, Brian Caulfield

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Abstract

Aim: The aim of this narrative review is to explore design considerations for effective neuromuscular electrical stimulation exercise prescription in cancer rehabilitation, with simultaneous consideration for fundamental principles of exercise training and the current state of the art in neuromuscular electrical
stimulation technologies and application methodologies.
Method: Narrative review.
Results: First, we consider the key neuromuscular electrical stimulation exercise design considerations,
with a focus on training objectives and individual training requirements and constraints for individuals
with cancer. Here, we contend that concurrent, low and high frequency neuromuscular electrical stimulation exercise, individually prescribed and progressed may be optimal for enhancing physical function.
Second, we review the appropriate literature to identify the most appropriate stimulation parameters
(pulse frequency, intensity, duration and duty cycle) to deliver effective neuromuscular electrical stimulation in cancer rehabilitation.
Conclusions: We propose an informed and innovative neuromuscular electrical stimulation exercise intervention design and provide practical information for clinicians and practitioners who may work with and
implement neuromuscular electrical stimulation exercise in cancer.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Publication statusPublished - 02 Mar 2020

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