Functional electrical stimulation (FES)

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is a technique that uses an electrical current to create muscle contraction to artificially generate body movements in individuals who have been paralyzed due to injury to the central nervous system.

Benefits of FES include reduction of foot drop, improvement of gait mechanics, prevention of loss of range of motion and muscle atrophy, promotion of motor learning and neuroplasticity.

Contraindications of functional electrical stimulation:

  • Cancerous lesion, tumours
  • Cardiac pacemaker, defibrillator or electrical or metallic implant
  • Pregnancy
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple organ failure
  • Broken or irritated skin
  • Acute illness/ fever