ELECTRICAL STIMULATION

Electrical stimulation is used in the rehabilitation environment, to assist in improving the muscle activity of paralyzed or weak muscles.  This can be done using a low intensity current in a controlled manner, taking issues like spasticity, sensation changes and weakness into account.  Electrical stimulation is only effective in persons with injury to the brain or spinal cord, and therefore includes those with Stroke, Head Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury (T12 and above) and Parkinson’s Disease.

These stimulators typically run off a 9 volt battery, use self adhesive electrodes to attach to the skin, over the area that requires stimulation, and are wither internally or externally controlled.  By placing the electrode pads over the required muscles or nerves, one can target a specific movement or function.

Our range of stimulators are CE Approved, and are licensed for sale in South Africa by the Department of Health.  These are imported from Salisbury, England, where they are developed clinically and manufactured by Odstock Medical Ltd.

Click here to visit our sister site at Odstock Medical Ltd.

  • Naveen

    The FES stimulator improved my life dramatically! Deon has been fantastic.I can and certainly recommend the stimulator.

  • Penny

    I must re-eterate – the PACE has made a great difference to my quality of life.Deon is caring and knowledgable.

  • Penny

    What a pleasure it is when dealing witrh Elja and Deon! Their reponses are prompt and problems are always solved, making what could ultimately be a challenge, so much easier to cope with.  Thank you. Penny

    • Deon

      Thanks Penny for your kind words.  We trust that we will have your repaired unit back to you shortly…

  • Estherfourie

    Good morning.  I have a pt that had a stroke when she was 13years old.  She is now 50 years and we were talking about FES.  Her problem is more with her right upper limb and due to spasticity, she has very little function and constant neck pain.  Will the FES make a difference to her pain as well?  What is the cost of a FES currently?  Thank you. Esther

  • http://proffessa.co.za Deon Buhrs

    Dear Esther.  

    Thank you for your comment and query. 

    It is important that if we choose to go the FES route, your patient will need to have good passive range of movement, to allow the stimulation to take the joints through the correct movement.  If the range is limited due to spasticity and/or weakness only, then Electrical Stimulation could be of assistance.  

    We would typically use the MicroStim Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation (TES) device, rather than the FES device for the upper limb.  There is also evidence of benefits in pain reduction in the shoulder following the use of TES in the stroke patient.  The current cost of the MicroStim is R5720.00. 

     Please go to the following link for more info: 
    http://proffessa.co.za/fes/stimulator-types/therapeutic/ and here http://proffessa.co.za/fes/stimulator-types/therapeutic/02ch/ for more details on the device itself.  Also note that we are running an Upper Limb TES Course at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital on the 8th June 2012 if you are in the area and interested to attend. 

  • Victor

    I was wondering if this would work for Joost van der Westhuizen how has Motor Neuron Disease as he cannot control his muscles maybe this machine can help

  • http://www.proffessa.co.za Deon Buhrs

    Hi Victor.

    You ask a very important question, to which I wish the answer was a positive one.

    This form of electrical stimulation relies on the nerves and muscle to conduct the impulse. In Motor Neuron Disease, the muscles lose their ability to contract under the influence of an electrical impulse, be this from the brain in the form of an attempted willful contraction, or from a device such as ours delivering the electrical impulse.

    This means that these devices are effective in the treatment of patients with what we call an “upper motor neuron” injury / lesion. This includes stroke patients, those who suffered a spinal cord injury or a head injury, those with cerebral palsy and even Parkinson’s Disease.

    Thanks again for your comment!