TrainFES training program for spinal cord injury

Spinal cord injuries are a different experience from one person to another, as it will depend on the level of injury and the severity of the injury. This is the process with this functional electrostimulation system.

s we told you in the blog How FES helps with different mobility problemsthe rehabilitation prognosis for a pathology such as spinal cord injury varies depending on the site of the injury.

 

In general terms, the main objectives of rehabilitation are twofold: 

  1. To regain as much independence as possible.
  2. Improve the activation and functionality of paralysed limbs.

 

Depending on the type of injury, the target is prioritised and given more emphasis. This is not to say that one is more important than the other, but the scope of this is to optimise the number of therapies each person has. The specialised TrainFES training programme for spinal cord injury focuses on the two objectives mentioned above, through comprehensive rehabilitation:

-Regaining a greater degree of independence through the stimulation of remaining muscles (those that have not been injured), together with functional exercises to achieve correct learning. -Improving cardiovascular endurance and thus increasing the contractile capacity of the heart by activating muscles with paralysis. -Making the activation of muscles with some degree of paralysis, associated with functions. This allows for better stimulation and re-establishment of neural connections. -Rehabilitating the pelvic floor with the aim of optimising and recovering genitourinary and sexual functions, controlling spasticity and increasing tone, as well as activation and sensitivity. As this article from the University of Valparaiso explains, the associated problems are urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, sexual dysfunctions, among others. 

What does the TrainFES programme include?

  • 1 assessment with a physiatrist.
  • 1 assessment with a physiotherapist specialising in the area.
  • 1 pelvic floor kinesiology assessment.
  • 4 follow-up sessions of neurological kinesiology and 2 pelvic floor sessions.
  • Rehabilitation counselling with the aim of supporting and optimising the overall rehabilitation process of each user.
  • Constant support and assistance on the application and usability of the equipment, as well as training sessions. These can be via email, whatsapp, phone call and video call.

 

Conclusion

TrainFES aims to provide real support and optimise the overall rehabilitation process of each patient. Thanks to the evaluation with different specialists, it is possible to determine the appropriate treatment for each person according to their injury. In addition, the patient is accompanied throughout the entire process.

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