Functional Electrical Stimulation
FES is a well-established rehabilitation technique
What is Functional Electrical Stimulation?
FES is a well-established rehabilitation technique that uses pulses of electrical current to stimulate peripheral nerves evoking muscle contractions and patterned muscle activity within the trunk, upper and the lower limbs, which may be weak or even paralyzed through neurological disease or injury.
How we provide FES
With our restorative therapy cycles, COMPEX units and neurotrackers we can stimulate and recruit muscle activation whilst performing functional movements. The aim is to re-enforce motor pathways and muscle activity. All our therapy sessions are individualized with therapy offered on a one-to-one basis with a selected therapist.
What is an ergometer?
Allows an individual to perform a guided muscle activity through a functional pattern. The ergometer also records the amount of work the muscles perform throughout the activity and provides clinical objective markers. The FES bikes can provide resistance or assistance throughout a therapy session.
Why is active Therapy important?
Unlike passive therapy, active therapy allows muscles to work and contract as they are meant to do. When this is combined with FES therapy, it allows patients with neurological deficits to perform functional movement patterns with co-ordinated muscle activation. FES evoked active therapy allows individuals to maintain their health and combat the secondary health complications of immobility.
Who is suitable for FES Therapy?
FES therapy is offered to a number of patients including:
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Brain Recovery Injuries (BRI)
- Transverse Myelitis
- Cerebral Palsy
- Undiagnosed Neurological Conditions
- Discogenic Patients
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Huntington’s Disease
- Patients with reduced muscular strength and function
FES Therapy helps:
- Prevent and reverse muscle atrophy
- Reduce spasticity and tone
- Increase/maintain range of motion
- Improve local blood flow
- Muscle re-education
- Improve bone density
- Improve cardiovascular function
- Improve glucose tolerance
- Increase function
- Improve TUG (Time Up and Go)
- Increase balanced testing
- Improve quality of life
- Reduce depression and stress levels
- Reduce fracture risks in the elderly
Who we work with
The Flex team have over 12 years’ experience working in training and recovery as professional physiotherapists and are aligned with Hull and East Riding's Leading Surgeons, sports medicine Doctors and a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. To make things as easy as possible we work closely with all leading insurance providers including, but not limited to, Simply Health, Bupa, Aviva, and AXA. If you have any questions about your insurance provider and if we work with them please get in touch and we would be happy to discuss your options.
4B Newland Science Park
01482 966 006