We are pleased to announce that the NeuroRehab Campus now offers the RT 300 Leg and Arm FES Cycling system with SAGE.
What is FES?
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is a well-established rehabilitation technique that uses pulses of electrical current to stimulate peripheral nerves evoking muscle contractions and patterned muscle activity. Stimulating these nerves evokes patterned movement of the legs or the arms. This is how FES enables the muscles to perform work even though an individual may have lost all or some voluntary control of the muscles.
What is SAGE?
SAGE is the computer FES system where the motor is fully integrated with the electrical stimulation. SAGE dynamically controls the motor to maximize the work that the muscles do, ensuring performance and outcomes. The motor speed, resistance and torque (how hard the motor turns) are all automatically responsive to the individual’s performance and can be set on various phases for the therapy intervention progression.
How does it work?
Patients are seated with electrodes attached to the surface of their arms or legs. The system sends computer-generated, low-level electrical impulses (SAGE) to the patient’s arms or leg muscles which cause coordinated contractions, such as stimulation to the quadriceps, hamstrings and gluteal muscles used in cycling with the legs.
What are the benefits?
- Prevent muscle atrophy
- Relax muscle spasms
- Improve circulation
- Increase range of motion
- Simulate coordinated contractions between muscle groups
The RT 300 Leg and Arm FES Cycling system is beneficial for clients with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or for those who have had a stroke.