What is FES?
Functional Electrical Stimulation is a rehabilitation technique where electrical current is applied to an individual with a disability to enhance that person's ability to function and live independently.
FES is used to stimulate
peripheral nerves, the "lower motor neurons" that connect the spinal cord to your muscles.
Posterior electrode positions
|Active and Passive Therapy
therapy is when your arms or legs are moved mechanically,
e.g. by the motor of a cycle or by a physical therapist's manipulations.
Active therapy is when your muscles are doing the work to complete a movement under your own volitional control, activated by FES or a combination of volition and FES.
Active therapy is required to reverse muscle atrophy because it is only in active therapy that your muscles actually perform work.
The motor is an essential
component of RTI systems.
Anterior electrode positions (abdominals not shown)
When you first start using an Restorative Therapies FES system it is likely that your muscles will tire quickly.
However the motor on the device will allow you to complete a full duration therapy session in your home from day one in spite of this early muscle fatigue.
As you progress with your therapy and your muscles strengthen the motor will provide resistance against which your muscles will work.