Title

USE OF FUNCTIONAL ELECTRICAL STIMULATION TO STRENGTHEN PARALYZED MUSCLE.

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Date of Original Version

12-1-1987

Abstract

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is the external control of paretic or paralyzed muscle by electrical stimulation of intact peripheral nerves. The authors investigated the use of FES to stimulate quadriceps muscle of spinal cord injury (SCI) individuals. Eight subjects varying in the degree of SCI and ambulatory ability participated in a ten week study. Exercise sessions consisted of two sets of twenty repetitions of weight lifting per leg. Linear regression statistics were used to predict how long it would take these individuals to reach 40 lbs. The slope of this relationship was dependent on the extent of injury and ambulatory ability. The results indicated that FES exercising improved muscle function in all individuals, with 75% showing increased strength.

Publication Title

Bioengineering, Proceedings of the Northeast Conference

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