New research highlights minimum exercise limits for adults with SCI

This systematic review of more than 13,000 citations and 211 studies has shown the exercise that an adult with a SCI should be completing twice each week is:

  • 20 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic exercise
  • 3 sets of strength training exercises for each major functioning muscle group, at a moderate to vigorous intensity

In addition to benefit your cardiometabolic health you should also undertake 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic exercise 3 times a week.

See the infographic at the bottom of this post for more details of the research from Loughborough University and the University of British Columbia.

FES cycles

If you are wondering how you can meet all these exercise requirements, the good news is that there is technology available that can help you achieve them all in the form of FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation) cycles.

The RT300 family of FES cycles is the only technology with FES cycling for arms and legs that also provides trunk stimulation. In addition it offers dynamic motor support and Internet connectivity, both built into our SAGE smart stimulation system. The RT300 is the only FES system suitable for children as young as 4 years old. By cycling and using your own arm and/or leg muscles on the RT300 you can:

  • Relax muscle spasms
  • Prevent or retard muscle disuse atrophy
  • Increase local blood circulation
  • Maintain or increase your range of motion

It comes in 3 variants:

  1. RT300 SL – for legs and core muscles
  2. RT300 SLSA – for leg or arm cycling
  3. RT300 Supine – for leg cycling from a bed

To try it, contact us. If you already have one but aren’t getting the required minimum level of physical activity, contact our clinical team, by filling in the form at the bottom of this page, to discuss how to kick-start your program.

Exercise guidelines for adults with SCI

Source: Victoria L Goosey-Tolfrey et al. Br J Sports Med doi:10.1136/bjsports-2018-099202

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