Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)
Having problems with lifting your foot? Problems with balance or falls? The foot drop stimulator could be a solution for these difficulties.
This is a high technology device providing electrical current to your weakened/paralysed muscles to evoke desirable action e.g. lifting a foot. This assistance will be synchronised with your pace and walking pattern.
It could be very helpful for people who want to improve their mobility as it has been affected in results of the lesion of upper motor neuron. It is the impairment located between the brain and the spinal cord e.g.:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
- Multiple sclerosis
- Cerebral palsy and many others.
However it will not be suitable for injuries occurring in the lower motor neuron distance between the spinal cord and peripheral nerves e.g.
- poliomyelitis (polio)
- motor neuron disease
- Guille-Barre syndrome.
At the present there are two different types available. PACE XL® Odstock Medical Ltd
Both of them are modern and wireless devices, however they have a different way of controlling when to switch on and off. We strongly advise you to discuss the available options before assessment to make the most out of the booked treatment.
The comfortable, loose clothing and well fitted, flat footwear would be recommended for the time of the assessment. It is also advisable to refrain from shaving your legs on the day or before the assessment to avoid increasing skin sensitiveness.
If you have any questions regarding FES or your suitability for FES therapy, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you wish to read more about manufacturer and clinical evidence please follow the link http://neurophysiodirect.uk/resources/
Even if you are not a candidate for FES, the team at Neuro Physio Direct has the skills and experience in many other treatment techniques to effectively drive your rehabilitation or recovery forward.
If you are interested call us for further information or book an assessment to try it out!