Neuromuscular electrical stimulation during haemodialysis

...does it improve functional capacity in people with end-stage renal disease?

Worldwide, an increasing number of people require haemodialysis for chronic kidney disease. These people typically have much lower physical activity levels than their healthy peers, especially on dialysis days.

Although voluntary exercise can be done during haemodialysis sessions and is beneficial, some patients have already lost a lot of their capacity to exercise and find it awkward in the semi-reclined position used for haemodialysis. 

Overall, the authors concluded that electrical stimulation during haemodialysis is safe, practical and effective for improving functional capacity and muscle strength in people with chronic kidney disease.

> From: Valenzuela et al., J Physiother 66 (2020) (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to Australian Physiotherapy Association. Click here for the online summary.

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