Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) or Task-Specific Electrical Stimulation is a technique where electrical currents are applied to specific muscle groups to facilitate functional movements. By targeting weakened or spastic muscles, FES helps promote muscle strength, coordination, and mobility, enabling children to engage in daily activities more effectively. 
It provides sensory feedback that informs the brain about the muscle’s activity and position, which is vital for motor control. This improved sensory input can aid in refining movements, enhancing coordination, and increasing proprioception (awareness of body position), ultimately leading to more functional and purposeful movements.

It is an individualised program to match a clients specific impairments and therapeutic goals. Holly is our resident expert and has applied this technique as part of her toolbox of activities to support clients physiotherapy programs.