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Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is a treatment modality used by neurological physiotherapists to improve muscle strength and everyday functional ability following a neurological injury. The FES unit can be used as an exercise tool to increase strength or whilst carrying out a functional task. The benefits of using FES are:
  • It can be worn whilst carrying out an activity or whilst resting
  • Pain free tingling sensation
  • Discrete electrodes and pocket size FES unit
  • Portable unit that can be taken anywhere
  • Improved ability to eat and drink using weaker upper limb
  • Improved ability to get washed and dressed using weaker upper limb
  • Improved ability to reach and carry objects with weaker upper limb
  • Increased muscle strength in the target area
  • Increased independence and quality of life

Use of functional electrical stimulation by a neurological physiotherapist to aid mobilityAbove: Use of functional electrical stimulation by a neurological physiotherapist to aid mobility

FES is commonly used in the treatment of dropped foot. Electrical stimulation is used to pull the toes up towards the individual whilst walking therefore improving heel strike and the safety and efficiency of walking. The benefits of wearing FES whilst walking are:
  • Reduced risk of falls as a result of catching toes on the ground
  • Reduced ‘hip hitching’
  • Reduced effort of walking
  • Improved pattern of walking
  • Increased heel strike during walking
  • Increased distance able to walk
  • Increased speed of walk
  • Increased exercise tolerance and fitness
  • Increased confidence
  • Increased independence
  • Increased social interaction
  • Increased quality of life
If you would like to find out more about Functional electrical stimulation please contact us today on 0330 088 7800 in order to speak to one of our specialist neurological physiotherapist or to book an appointment with us today.

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