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  • Electronic stimulation bike and recovery

    Hello everyone,

    I am six months post injury and a C5 incomplete. I used an FES bike while down at the Shepherd Center a few times and I have now gained access to one once again. For those of you who have never heard of an FES bike, it is a bike in which electrodes are attached to your quads, hamstrings, and glutes. Each muscle is stimulated at certain times so that your legs actually peddle the bike. You can reduce or raise the amount of stimulus applied to the muscles and then the machine keeps track of the amount of stimulus you're using through a percentage which is displayed on the screen. I am told that most people who use an FES bike have to use high levels of stimulus and the percentage usually goes straight to 100%. The bike is also programed to cut off if the muscles are not reacting strongly enough to the stimulus. With the amount of stimulus that I have been using the percentage of stem being used rarely reaches 100% and usually sits around 85 or 90. If I raise the amount of stimulus this percentage goes down. I usually have no problem with the machine cutting off and most always make it to the 30 minute limit. So my therapist and I are very pleased with how the use of the bike is going. I was wondering if there is anyone out there who can share their experiences with this type of equipment and if the experiences have any similarities to my own? I would also like to know if anyone has ever heard of research that has been done using the FES bike that shows substantial recovery has developed because of using the bike on a regular basis? I have slight abductor and abductor movement in both legs and I plan on using the bike at least twice a week. I am hoping and praying that this will increase my chances of further recovery. Any comments about the situation would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    I am moving this post over to the Exercise forum and locking it here. You will get more responses over there.

    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.