Treatment of hemiparesis with FES methodology

Feeling of weakness in a leg, arm or side of the face are signs that a person may suffer from hemiparesis. Hemiparesis can occur as a result of some neurological disorders, related to the brain, spinal cord or nerves that connect to the affected muscles.

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The hemiparesis is unilateral muscle weakness, i.e., on only one side of the body.. It is a common symptom in neurological disorders such as stroke and some neurodegenerative diseases, and can limit a person's ability to perform daily activities.

This condition can be on the right or left side of the body, depending on where it originates:

  • Rightis a consequence of lesions on the left side of the brain.
  • Leftmanifested by localized damage to the right side of the brain.

The most common form is pure motor hemiparesis, which presents with weakness in a leg, arm or face.

Possible causes

Loss of strength on one side of the body can happen for two reasons:

  • A problem in the brainOne-sided weakness is one of the possible symptoms of when a part of this organ is not working properly.
  • A problem with the spinal cord or nerves.Nerve connections that carry signals to and from the brain may be affected and prevent muscles from moving.

It can also be caused by trauma (accidents or other injuries), cancer, neurological disorders such as stroke, or diseases affecting the brain and bone marrow, such as multiple sclerosis.

Diagnoses where hemiparesis may occur

Cerebrovascular accident (CVA)

Hemiparesis is one of the most most common common sequelae of a cerebrovascular accident (CVA)to the point that it is often one of the first symptoms that the person is suffering from this disorder and an indicator that a doctor should be consulted urgently.

Generally, someone who suffers a stroke in the left hemisphere of the brain will have paralysis or weakness on the right side. If it is the other way around and it is in the right hemisphere, they will show symptoms on the left side.

Spinal cord injury (SCI)

A spinal cord injury (SCI) involves damage to the spinal cord or the nerves at the end of the spinal canal, and often causes permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the injury site.

The symptoms of patients who have suffered a spinal cord injury are mainly centered on loss of mobility, loss of muscle control and sensibility, loss of mobility in the arms and legs or only in the legs. They usually present pain in the neck or back when the spine is injured. 

Cerebral palsy (CP)

The cerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder of movement, posture and coordination that is due to an injury or abnormality in the developing brain. injury or abnormality in the developing (immature) brain (immature) brain, usually before birth, during birth or in the first five years of life.

It mainly affects the person's ability to control and coordinate their musclesThis can manifest itself in various forms and levels of severity, from mild motor disabilities to more severe disabilities that alter communication, cognition and sensory function.

One of the sequelae is hemiparesis, which can affect the person's ability to walk, manipulate objects and perform activities of daily living. It is associated with spastic cerebral palsy, which can occur to varying degrees in the arm or leg.

Depending on the topographical classification of CP, it may present with tetraparesis (weakness or paralysis in all four limbs) or diplegia (weakness or paralysis affecting mainly the lower limbs).

Treatment of hemiparesis: Can it be cured?

The hemiparesis can be rehabilitated Although it is possible that it is not possible to reach 100% functionality, it does allow to increase or recover the strength and movement of the affected side of the body.

Among the treatments for hemiparesis is the use of functional electrostimulation (FESa therapeutic technique that uses electrical currents to stimulate nerves and muscles. electrical currents to stimulate nerves and musclesto restore or improve motor function in patients with various neurological and muscular conditions.

TrainFES is the best option for treatment with functional electrostimulation in Chile.by having its own own device for the application of these low level currents in order to strengthen the affected musculature and retrain the neurons to generate lost movements.

The program not only utilizes an advanced FES system, but also adds a training methodology that can be done in a rehabilitation center or at home, thanks to innovations that allow the user to be permanently accompanied by professionals, either in person or virtually.

FES in neurorehabilitation

TrainFES uses functional electrostimulation to promote neurorehabilitation and neurorehabilitation of people with motor paralysis.

The neurorehabilitation is focused on the recovery from neurological injuriessuch as patients suffering from spinal cord injury or sequelae of stroke or cerebral palsy.

In addition to the best technology to apply functional electrostimulation, TrainFES has a multidisciplinary multidisciplinary team of physiatrists, kinesiologists, occupational therapists and speech therapists who evaluate each case who evaluate each case to generate personalized treatment plans, with permanent monitoring to seek the best results.

Thus, functional functional electrostimulation is the perfect complement to neurorehabilitation therapies that will allow hemiparesis patients which will allow patients affected by hemiparesis to regain muscle strength and advance in their goals of returning to an independent life.

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Benefits of functional electrostimulation

Functional electrostimulation can help people with motor paralysis to recover or improve muscle functionincrease strength and endurance, as well as facilitate the performance of specific movements.

Among the benefits of rehabilitation with TrainFES are:

Muscle reactivation: FES provides the muscle contraction needed to strengthen weakened muscles and improve muscle balance.

  • Increased strength and enduranceThe use of electrostimulation in training can lead to a significant increase in muscle strength.
  • Improved coordination and motor controlby providing selective electrical stimulation to specific muscles, it helps train proper movement patterns.
  • Prevention of muscle atrophyFES therapy can counteract this effect by providing electrical stimulation to the affected muscles, which helps maintain their size and strength.
  • Stimulation of the circulatory systemelectrical stimulation activates muscle pumping, which contributes to better oxygenation and nutrition of the tissues, promoting their health and recovery.

Neuroplasticity is the key

Everything we saw above about how TrainFES can help how TrainFES can help people with paralysis to recover functional movements and improve their quality of life is possible thanks to a key capacity of the organism, which is the neuroplasticity.

The neuroplasticity is the ability of the nervous system to modify itself and form connections in response to new information.

Thus, a person with motor paralysis can have access to a comprehensive rehabilitation comprehensive rehabilitation with a program such as the one presented by TrainFESwhich includes functional training, technology and permanent professional support to enable the neuronal relearning of lost movements.

With its various training routines, TrainFES stimulates the neuromuscular relearning of healthy neurons of healthy neurons with the aim of regaining motor functions.

The functional training program is developed by physiatrists, kinesiologists and occupational therapists, and because it can be trained at home, it promotes the therapeutic continuity necessary to obtain better results in less time.

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