Functional Electrical Stimulation

Functional Electrical Stimulation

This week, the whole team at Physio Matters Neurological have had a very informative in-service training session from Matt Dale at Bioness UK, in the use of their Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) devices.

What is FES and what are the benefits?

FES is commonly used as an adjunct to physiotherapy treatment. The stimulation happens through electrodes sending signals to muscles and nerves in either the arms or the legs, depending on which area of the body is being treated.

Matthew Dale from Bioness demonstrated different types of FES devices, both for the upper and lower limbs.

The L300 Plus was used for the lower limb, and consisted of a leg and a thigh cuff (with built in electrodes), a gait sensor, and a control unit. The benefits of using FES for the lower limbs includes increasing walking speed and stability, and reducing the risk of falls.

For the upper limb, the H200 Wireless, including the orthosis (with built in sensors) and a control unit, was used. The H200 Wireless reduces muscle spasm, and improves active hand and wrist movements.

Using FES generally results in either maintaining or increasing range of movement of the joints, and increases local blood circulation, potentially affecting sensation positively.

The Physio Matters team were impressed at the potential for these advanced devices for our clients and will be investigating the system further in conjunction with Matt from Bioness UK.

For more details of this system please click here

Future plans

Physio Matters are looking into the feasibility of becoming one of only 12 assessment centres for the Bioness devices in the UK. If you are interested in finding out more please contact Colin Green, Clinical Director via our office on 0161 681 6887.

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