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Functional electrical stimulation bike

FES

If you have a stroke or other neurological injury, a functional electrical stimulation bike can aid your rehabilitation

About

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is a technological rehabilitation method. It can be particularly helpful for people who have experienced a stroke, spine or brain injury. The FES bike allows patients to rebuild strength in weakened leg muscles to improve movement. This is made possible with small electrical impulses sent to your legs whilst you are exercising.

Need to know

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    The FES bike is an exercise activity and therefore requires no anaesthetic. Its purpose is create movement in your arms and legs through electrical stimulation. Sticky pads called electrodes are placed on to your muscles. An electrical current passes through to your nerves, causing the muscles to contract. This stimulates movement in your limbs and allows you to exercise. As part of your rehabilitation, your consultant will arrange regular FES bike sessions with you. These normally last between 30-45 minutes.
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    Your consultant will explain to you how the FES bike works, and answer any questions you might have. You should wear losse-fitted clothing to each session as this is an exercise activity.
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    You will be able to go home as normal after each session. Your consultant will arrange any follow-up appointments with you as part of your rehabilitation.
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