What is FES?
FES stands for Functional Electrical Stimulation, a rehabilitation technique where by electrical current stimulates nerves to evoke muscle contractions. With the RT300, FES creates patterned movement of the arms or legs, enabling your muscles to work and perform active cycling even though you may have lost voluntary control of those muscles.
The RT300 sets the standard in FES systems. It is the only technology with FES cycling for arms and legs that also provides trunk stimulation. No other FES cycle offers Dynamic Motor Support and essential Internet connectivity, both built into the SAGE smart stimulation system. What’s more, the RT300 is the only one suitable for children as young as 4 years old. By cycling and using your own arm and/or leg muscles on the RT300, you can:
- Relax muscle spasms
- Prevent or retard disuse atrophy
- Increase local blood circulation
- Maintain or increase your range of motion
What’s the difference between passive and active therapy?
During passive therapy, your muscles don’t actually do any of the work. Your arms and legs removed mechanically, by a non-FES cycle, for example. Active therapy, on the other hand, allows your muscles to do the work they are meant to do. This is achieved either by you moving your muscles on your own, or when muscles are activated by FES. Either way, active therapy means your muscles are really working and performing the activity. With RT300 we are able to stimulate 6 different muscle groups of the legs and trunk.