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1. Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)

Neurological diseases often affect, in one way or another, the capacity of motor control or, in severe cases, the complete absence of muscular function; but the nerve conductivity and the excitability of the muscles remain. Functional electrical stimulation uses electrical current to activate the nerves and, as a result, activate the muscle. Fesia Technology enhances the capacity of this technology by applying it to multipad electrodes.

Since the term was first described in 1967 by Moe and Post in a patent, these devices began to be marketed and used. The first commercial systems were designed for drop foot compensation.

The main benefits of FES are: 

  • Prevents muscle atrophy
  • Pain reduction
  • Increases strength and functional improvement
  • Spasticity reduction
  • Increases local blood flow
  • Reinforcement of motor re-learning and neuroplasticity
  • Maintenance/increase of range of motion

There are many scientific articles supporting the use of FES for the rehabilitation of neurological origin deficits. The use of FES for the drop foot compensation is supported by more than 70 scientific publications. The most studied disease is stroke, in which more than 40 studies have been carried out, finding improvements in: walking speed, biomechanical changes in the affected limb, the contralateral limb and the arms, temporal parameters, spasticity, neurophysiological indicators of neurological recovery...

On the other hand, there are more than 25 clinical trials supporting the use of FES for the treatment of the upper limb. It is recommended by the most important scientific societies in the field (evidence-level 1a).

There are some situations where FES is contraindicated:

  • People with cardiac pacemakers or other electrical or metallic implants, unless recommended by a physician.
  • People with severe epilepsy or a recent history of frequent seizures.
  • Tumours or cancerous lesions in the area where electrical stimulation is applied.

2. Our Products

The components of our systems are:

  • Stimulator
  • Sensor (only in Fesia Walk)
  • Garment
  • Multi-pad electrode
  • Mobile or Tablet application

One of the key features of Fesia Walk and Fesia Walk systems is the multi-pad electrode. The multi-pad electrode combined with an extremely easy-to-use interface allows any user, therapist or patient to try many different electrode sizes and positions without the need of removing the electrode from the skin.

Using a multipad electrode, we produce a more selective activation of desired muscles. This way our products have a better functional performance and muscle fatigue is reduced.

Fesia systems do not require maintenance, but caution in handling to avoid damage from unexpected knocks or falls. Do not attempt to repair the Fesia devices or open the stimulator under any circumstances. In case of breakdown contact a Fesia technician.

If the electrode appears to be dry or loses its adhesion properties, once the protective plastic has been removed, pour about 10 drops of water on it and spread this water over the entire gel with your fingers. Wait 3-4 minutes until the gel has absorbed the water.

You can clean the stimulator and sensor housings using a clean, soft cloth. You can wash the textile garment with soap and water after removing the electrode from the band.

All Fesia Technology Brand products are warranted for a period of 2 years: https://www.fesiatechnology.com/downloads/Warranty_Terms.html

3. Fesia Walk

Fesia Walk is a functional electrical stimulation-based gait rehabilitation device, for people who suffer from foot drop as a result of a disease or injury of the central nervous system.

Fesia Walk is a device for people who suffer from foot foot as a result of:

  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy

Fesia Walk stimulates the common peroneal nerve, achieving dorsal flexion of the ankle; and the tibial nerve, achieving plantar flexion of the ankle.

It has been scientifically proven that the earlier rehabilitation begins, the better results are obtained. Therefore, the use of Fesia Walk should be initiated in acute phases, as soon as the patient is clinically stable.

In addition, people who still do not have balance or strength to walk, or still remain in bed, can star using the device with the “Training” protocol.

No, its placement, configuration and use are simple and fast.

No, the following table shows the differences between the effects of Fesia Walk and an AFO:

 

AFO

Fesia Walk

Stability improvement.

x

x

Increase in walking speed.

x

x

Spasticity reduction.

 

x

Increase of motor-evoked potential and maximum voluntary contraction.

 

x

Maintain/increase bone density.

 

x

Increase circulation.

 

x

Normalized gait pattern.

 

x

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4. Fesia Grasp

Fesia Grasp is a functional electrical stimulation-based hand rehabilitation device, for people who have lost the ability to move the hand and/or fingers as a result of a disease or injury of the central nervous system.

Fesia Grasp is a device for people who have lost the ability to move their hand and/or fingers as a result of:

  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy

Fesia Grasp stimulates 14 muscles.

It has been scientifically proven that the earlier rehabilitation begins, the better results are obtained. Therefore, the use of Fesia Grasp should be initiated in acute phases, as soon as the patient is clinically stable.