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.

Our paediatric physios are also now trained to use FES and this can be extremely helpful for our younger clients, especially following SDR surgery.

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
  • Loan of a unit if needed to allow clients to try before they buy

Some kind words

I had a Stroke 18 months ago and only contacted Bristol Neurophysio six weeks ago. I had a prompt response and appointment made for the following week, unfortunately I had to cancel this due to illness. Kirsty was extremely understanding and rescheduled immediately. I have had three sessions since and am extremely pleased with my progress towards my wish to walk, for the first time I feel this will happen. It is hard work and tiring but Kirsty is always cheerful and encouraging and each time makes the tasks achievable. At last someone understands what it's like for me and takes time to explain how my Stroke has affected me. Watch this space as I'm sure I will be posting a new testimonial when I am walking again.

Mr J L, Midsomer Norton