FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation)
Helping you reach your full potential
Functional Electrical Stimulation therapy (FES) is a rehabilitation technique where electrical current is applied to paralysed or weakened muscles.
FES is used to stimulate the lower motor neurons that connect the spinal cord to your muscles, and evokes patterned movement of the legs or the arms. FES therefore enables your muscles to be exercised, even if you’ve lost some or all voluntary control of them. With our systems you will also have the ability to stimulate your core muscles. These are the erector spinae muscles in your back and your abdominals, which are important for a range of activities including maintaining a good posture and balance, transferring, reaching and coughing.
This can only be achieved through active therapy, when your muscles are doing the work to complete a movement under your own volitional control, activated by FES or a combination of your own control and FES. Passive therapy on the other hand is where your arms or legs are moved mechanically, by the motor of a cycle or by a physical therapist’s manipulations for example.
Find out more about how FES can benefit you here.