Functional Electrical Stimulation (commonly referred to as "FES") is a therapeutic treatment, which uses transcutaneous electrical current to initiate contractions of the paralyzed lower extremities of individuals who have sustained spinal cord injury. The order and strength of the contractions are sequenced by a computer microprocessor to generate controlled and purposeful motion of these segments. Using this system, an individual can actually pedal a leg ergometer, or specially adapted exercise bike. Some of the more recent applications include therapies that allow an individual to accomplish limited upright walking!
It has been reported by a number of qualified researchers that the treatment reverses muscle
atrophy, cardiopulmonary deconditioning and loss of heart mass, improves circulation and minimizes reduction of range of motion in spinal cord injured patients. It has also been demonstrated that there is improved management of spasticity and a decrease in infection- related illness.
Community FES Programs
The NSCIA Connecticut Chapter now offers 4 locations for FES of it's own, where those previously evaluated and trained in a clinical environment may utilize FES bikes independently. The equipment has been donated from both individuals and rehabilitation centers, and the CT Chapter maintains the bikes through fundraising, grants and donations.
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