What's FES Cycling?
When leg paralysis restricts exercise, FES Cycling with RehaMove is a practical and effective way of boosting circulation, strengthening muscle, easing spasm and much more.
A RehaMove FES Cycling system allows individuals with paralysis of the legs to pedal a stationary cycle (a motorised ergometer) with their own muscle power - despite their paralysis. This has many health benefits for people managing neurological conditions including spinal cord injury, MS, Parkinson's disease and Stroke.
Harnessing so called FES (functional electrical stimulation) - a tried, tested and safe technology - the system activates weakened or paralysed muscles of the body with the help of sophisticated computer and sensor technology. By this means, users of a RehaMove FES Cycling system can actively exercise the muscles of paralysed limbs improving circulation, easing spasms and much more.
The aim is to build muscle bulk, strength, improve fitness and reduce muscle spasm producing circulation benefits.
This results in effectively reversing many of the detrimental effects on fitness of the neurological injury.
Whatever the underlying condition, exercise remains a vital component to a healthy quality of life.
The muscles must be stimulated in time with the movement of the pedals and the intensity of stimulation is regulated carefully. There are two fundamental versions of the adult RehaMove system.
- Allowing active exercise of the legs
- Allowing active exercise of the arms and legs (not simultaneously)
Version 2 is ideal for those with a higher level of spinal cord injury - or situations where the muscles of the arm and shoulder are affected as well as the legs.
With a low-cost software addition, called “Sequence Mode” the FES component can be used independently from the bike. There are a number of reasons why this might be a good idea.
- for starting exercise conditioning and training before someone is ready for FES Cycling.
- for stimulating "additional" muscles such as the abdominals.
- for muscle conditioning when on holiday (easy to take the stimulator component along)
- for working with other exercise equipment - eg create an FES rowing machine