Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is an innovation in the field of muscle stimulation, which allows people with a complete transverse lesion and paralysed muscles to move again. It can be combined with a BerkelBike or EasyLegs. The technology allows patients with a transverse lesion to cycle by means of their own leg muscles.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Sticky electrodes or electrodes in bicycle pants transmit electrical signals to different muscle groups in the legs and buttocks. A sensor in the front wheel of the bike transmits the pedal position to the computer. Next, it sends signals to the muscles that need to be stimulated to make a cycling movement. The BerkelBike FES-Box can also be used as a stand-alone stimulator. This allows you to train your back and/or abdominal muscles from your own bed.
THE EFFECTS OF ELECTRICAL STIMULATION
Training with functional electrical stimulation has many positive effects on physical and mental well-being. The muscles are reactivated and blood circulation increases. This results in an improved metabolism and reduces the risk of decubitus. In addition, many users indicated that they experienced less spasms after training with electrical stimulation.
Training in general has great health benefits. As you get fitter, the immune system will improve. The chances of suffering cardiovascular disease diminish, for which people with reduced mobility are at greater risk. Furthermore, users of electrical stimulation regularly tell us how amazing it feels to cycle with their own legs. The activity gives them a very good feeling.
WHO BENEFITS FROM A FES BOX?
The BerkelBike FES system is suitable for people with a transverse lesion. There are two criteria to determine whether FES is appropriate for your medical condition.
Firstly, are you suffering from spasms? Spasms indicate that the motor nerves of the muscles still work. This is necessary for the use of a FES stimulator. If you suffer from a paralysis without spasms, you can use the RISE Stimulator, a new device specially designed for the stimulation of muscle fibers without working motor nerves.
Secondly, it is important that there is a reduced feeling of pain in the legs. Electrical stimulation hurts when pain stimuli are still transmitted from the leg to the brain. It is therefore important that you don’t experience any pain in the area to be stimulated by FES.
NEW POSSIBILITIES THROUGH ELECTRICAL STIMULATION
However, until recently, nobody has succeeded in making electrical stimulation (FES) available for use in people’s own living space. The BerkelBike FES stimulator – in conjunction with a BerkelBike or EasyLegs – allows you to apply electrical stimulation – both inside and outside on the street. If you combine the bike with a bike trainer, you can convert the bike to a gym to train in your own living room. Would you rather have a regular home trainer? Then try the BerkelBike Fitness. This home trainer can also be used in combination with electrical stimulation.