Title: The effect of calf neuromuscular electrical stimulation and intermittent pneumatic compression on thigh microcirculation
The purpose of the study: Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) devices and intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) devices have been shown to be effective in improving blood flow. They are often used post-surgery to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in procedures such as total hip replacement and have been found to reduce oedema in the thigh of total hip replacement patients post-surgery.
Primary Objectives: This study compares the effectiveness of a neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) device and an intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) device on enhancing microcirculatory blood flow in the thigh of healthy individuals, when stimulation is carried out peripherally at the calf.
Study start date: March 2016