Functional Electrical Stimulation
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES), also known as Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NES), is a therapy utilizing advanced computer technology to deliver electrical stimulation to paralyzed or weak muscles.
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES), also known as Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NES), is a therapy utilizing advanced computer technology to deliver electrical stimulation to paralyzed or weak muscles. This intervention can be delivered in a variety of modes, to perform different outcomes. FES can be utilized for muscle re-education, functional substitution, spasticity management or general health and wellness benefits. Magee offers a variety of FES programs for persons with neurologic dysfunction.
Standard electrical stimulation programs can be used to enhance upper and lower extremity muscle re-education and functional use of the arm, hand or leg. The stimulation can be delivered by either a portable FES electrode unit, or through an external neuro-prosthetic device. Such devices are presently available in Magee’s program, and can be attached to, either the upper extremity (hand and forearm function), or to the lower extremity (to prevent foot-drop). These devices include the Bioness L300, Bioness L300+ and WalkAide leg devices for walking, and Bioness H200 device for the wrist and hand.
Another form of FES offered through Magee is the FES cycling program. The FES bikes are specially designed ergonomic bicycles which a person can use from their wheelchair, using electrical stimulation through electrodes to cycle with and without motor support. These bikes can be used for either arm cycling or leg cycling. Additionally, Magee offers a seated FES elliptical for an advanced means of aerobic conditioning. The benefits of FES cycling are numerous—from aerobic conditioning to increased circulation, spasticity management and muscle flexibility. Individuals who may benefit from FES cycling include people with incomplete or complete spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, or multiple sclerosis. Following individualized therapy for the FES cycles, individuals can progress by completing FES cycling at Magee Riverfront’s Wellness Center for a fee or can purchase a FES cycle for home use.
All forms of the various FES Programs are available in the inpatient and outpatient setting. For outpatient FES information or to schedule an appointment please contact the Riverfront at 215-218-3900.