Spinal Cord Injury Alberta



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCI Fitness Centre Calgary - About Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)

The Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Cycle combines electrical stimulation and assistance from a motor to help people with spinal cord injury or other neurological conditions pedal a stationary bike from their wheelchair. Electrodes are placed on the skin to allow electrical stimulation to reach the muscles to achieve smooth and natural pedaling.

 

FES can be used by those with impaired or limited movement of the arms, legs, or trunk to achieve health benefits, which include:

  • Improved circulation and cardiovascular fitness
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Maintenance or improvement of bone density
  • Fewer pressure sores and less pain are potential benefits