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