What is Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)?
The application of electrical current which matches that used by the body's nervous system, and so directly stimulates nerves and their muscles.
What can FES do for me?
FES can be used to treat reduced activity caused by a brain or spinal cord injury. It is commonly used for "foot drop", a condition where it is difficult to swing the leg through without catching the toes when walking. It can also be used to promote recovery post injury, support functional arm or leg use or maintain range where there are changes to muscle tone.
Where can I find more information?
Salisbury FES (Odstock medical) have a useful website with further information about what FES has been proven effective for, as well as ways to seek funding if required. Click here to link to Salisbury FES. Or, as always, discuss this option with your physio, GP, specialist nurse or consultant.
Your therapist with Sharp Neurological Physiotherapy will be able to discuss possible uses of FES with you in depth or complete a thorough assessment for the usefulness of this treatment adjunct for your specific problems. After assessment, provision and fitting of the appropriate device can be made privately, or through NHS referral.