A functional electrical stimulation (FES) cycle is used to increase function for patients with complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and even some stroke patients.
The RT300 system is the only FES cycling system for children as young as age 4. This cycle can stimulate up to 10 muscle groups in one or both legs and trunk or both arms and trunk.
FES is used to stimulate peripheral nerves, the lower motor neurons that connect the spinal cord to the muscles. Stimulating these nerves evokes patterned movement of the legs or the arms. This is how FES enables muscles to perform work even though the patient may have lost all or some voluntary control of the muscles.
With our systems, patients also have the ability to stimulate the core muscles during therapy sessions, such as erector spinae muscles and abdominal muscles. These muscles are important for many activities including posture, transferring, reaching, balance and coughing.
A patient can also use the RT300 right from their wheelchair. There is no transfer required. Cycling for one hour is equivalent to walking 6,000 steps.
By cycling and utilizing their own muscles, patients can:
- Relax muscle spasms.
- Prevent or decrease muscle atrophy.
- Increase local blood circulation.
- Maintain or increase range of motion.
- Allow stimulation to maximize muscle contractions.
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