Staying active via exercise should be a priority to everybody. Adequate exercise helps to avoid underlying health conditions such as heart disease, obesity and more. For people living with paralysis and neurological conditions, there is a greater challenge to maintain proper health and mobility where the implementation of FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation) can help out.
One of the biggest concerns after neurological injury or diagnosis is muscle atrophy. This is basically the loss of muscle mass because of disuse. Atrophy can cause weakness, lack of balance and coordination, low self esteem and even decreased metabolism. FES cycling can help to avoid and sometimes even reverse muscle atrophy by revitalizing the injured or paralyzed muscles through an external electrical stimulus.
FES cycling can also aid with regaining of sensation in affected areas, as reported by many Myolin (FES cycling) users. With increased sensation you may be able to better connect with muscle contractions and joint movements, as well as increase your overall body awareness or proprioception. Proprioception plays a key role in preventing further injury, therefore increasing sensation can become very beneficial for those with paralysis or neurological conditions.
Last but not least, a third benefit to using FES is to build strength. FES is unique because it provides the necessary amount of electrical charge to activate paralyzed muscles and improve neuromuscular output by connecting the muscle contractions with the known movement pattern of cycling.
There are many reported benefits of FES, backed by research and clinical studies, it’s hard to find a reason NOT to use it. Access to the FES cycle, including our brand new Myocycle, is included in the Adapt Membership and I expect to see everyone lining up to try it out for themselves this month!
For more information about FES and why you need to make it a top priority for your health visit the Myolyn website: https://myolyn.com/myoblog/community/
Get after it,
Neurological Recovery Specialist