Functional Electrical Stimulation

Following injury to the brain or spinal cord through disease such as stroke or MS, nerve impulses to the muscles may be delayed or even blocked. Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) uses electrical impules from a specially designed unit to produce contractions in muscles. 

This can mimic the action of muscle to improve function and aid in retraining weak muscles and normal movement.

FES is commonly used in ‘foot-drop’ following stroke or MS, However it can be used to help retrain movement in the arms or legs.

How Bristol neurophysio can help

The physiotherapists at Bristol neurophysio are experienced in use of FES, including:

  • Providing a full physical assessment to assess for suitability for FES
  • Arranging for supply and fitting for the appropriate FES unit
  • Arranging suitable training and exercise programmes for use with the FES unit

Some kind words

Kirsty provided our son with both the physical treatment and exercises he required as well as effective strategies for understanding the psychological impact of his condition. Bristol Neurophysio has played a significant role in allowing our son to get on with his life again. For this we thank them

Mr K M, North Somerset