Functional electrical stimulation

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is a treatment that uses the application of small electrical charges to the nerves that supply paralysed or weak muscles. This causes the muscles to contract and achieve movement in a way that is useful to function. FES is used to help with walking or as an aid to exercise the leg or arm. It is most commonly used to help with footdrop and improving gait and preventing falls, but can be used in a variety of ways depending on need.

PhysioNeuroRehab is an accredited prescriber with Odstock Medical, the national FES centre in Salisbury, and also has links to other FES providers on the market. If following a full assessment FES is found to be a useful and effective treatment the most suitable device will be selected. Depending on your local commissioning policy, FES may need to be funded privately, or an application for funding made to your GP/ local commissioning group. PhysioNeuroRehab can provide help with these funding applications if required.

Follow this link to view a video from the Odstock medical, national UK FES centre, for more information on FES.