RESTORATIVE THERAPIES RT300 FES BIKES AND APPLICATIONS
What is FES?
FES is a well established rehabilitation technique that uses pulses of electrical current to stimulate peripheral nerves evoking muscle contractions and patterned muscle activity.
With Restorative Therapies systems, FES creates patterned movement in the arms, legs and trunk. FES enables muscles to work and perform activities even though the muscles
may be weak or paralyzed through neurological disease or injury.
What is an ergometer?
An ergometer is a machine that allows an individual to perform a repetitive activity such as cycling or stepping. It guides the muscle activity evoked by FES into a useful pattern.
Ergometers also measure the amount of work that muscles perform during an activity.
We motorize our ergometers so they can automatically provide assistance or resistance throughout a therapy session as required by an individual.
Why is active therapy important?
During passive therapy, muscles don’t actually do any of the work. Arms and legs are moved mechanically, by a non-FES cycle for example. Active therapy, on the other hand,
allows muscles to do the work they are meant to do. This is achieved either by an individual moving their muscles on their own or when muscles are activated by FES. Either way,
active therapy means muscles are working and performing the activity. FES evoked activity allows individuals to regain function, maintain their health and combat the secondary
health complications of immobility.
What is the role of FES therapy along the continuum of care?
In acute rehabilitation, our FES systems can be applied with the intention of restoring volitional function. For example, an acute stroke patient uses our FES arm cycle as part of their
therapy and goes on to regain independent functional arm use. Today many individuals are left with significant neurological deficits post their rehabilitation. If this deficit results in
significant loss of mobility, the individual becomes susceptible to a wide range of secondary complications arising from their immobility. Chronic FES therapy completes the continuum
of care by helping individuals maintain their general health once they return home. All our systems are suitable for clinic and home use and are available for adults and pediatrics.
FES evoked activity has been shown to be an effective acute and chronic intervention with benefits including:
• Preventing and reversing muscle atrophy
• Reducing spasticity
• Maintaining range of motion
• Improving local blood circulation
• Muscle re-education
• Improving bone density
• Improving cardiovascular function
• Improving glucose tolerance
• Enhancing Central Nervous System myelination and cell birth
Indications: • Spinal Cord Injury
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Cerebral Palsy
• Brain Injury
• Transverse Myelitis
• Physical rehabilitation in the ICU or wound care