FES Specialty Center

At The Recovery Project, we’re continually looking to leverage the latest evidence based treatment approaches to help our patients maximize their neurological recovery and overall health—and the FES Specialty Center at TRP helps do just that.

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) treatment techniques help aide in motor recovery of many central nervous system disorders by leveraging highly specialized equipment to administer pulses of electrical current to patients through adhesive pads. This evokes muscle contractions and activity to imitate muscle functionality and give patients the health related benefits of exercise. It also helps enhance range of motion, decrease spasticity, reverse muscle atrophy, and generally improve activities of daily living. FES has been proven to improve cardiovascular health, increase bone density, maintain range of motion, reverse muscle atrophy, and improve functional activities of daily living in both children and adults with:

- Cerebral Palsy

- Brain Injury

- Spinal Cord Injury

- Multiple Sclerosis

- Transverse Myelitis


- Other Central Nervous System disorders

The Recovery Project is one of the only clinics in Michigan to have a dedicated FES Specialty Center, which offers patients access to the following state of the art FES equipment:

RT300-SLSA Leg and Arm Cycle

With the RT300-SLSA, patients can perform arm and leg exercises directly from a wheelchair without transferring to or using a chair, plinth or balance ball. When used for arm cycling, FES can be applied to the patient’s biceps, triceps, anterior deltoid, posterior deltoid, grasp, or wrist extensors/release. For leg cycling, FES can be applied to the quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteal, gastroc and anterior tibials. For core strength and stability, FES can also be applied to the abdominals and back muscle groups.

RTI600 Stepper

The RTI600 is a fully integrated, upright FES stepping system that allows patients to bear their own weight during use. FES can be applied to the quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteals, gastroc , anterior tibials, shoulders and scap stabilization and core muscles.


SAGE is a multi-channel FES stimulator, which creates patterns that evoke a wide rage of FES functional activities and exercises. Some examples of these functional activities and exercises include: sit to stands, antagonist strengthening, lower extremity weight bearing, sitting balance/postural activity, forward reaching, PNF patterns and upper extremity weight bearing.

Rehab Moves 2

This is a mobile FES device used with the Motomed UE and LE cycle or on the mat. The device has a total of four channels that can be used and coordinated during individually designed functional activities.

Bioness H200 and Bioness L300 Clinic

Ergonomically designed and easy to operate, the Bioness H200 system helps patients achieve their personal recovery goals for their wrists and hands by using FES to assist with motor recovery of reaching, grabbing, opening and closing the hands.

The Bioness L300 was designed to help patients regain the ability to not only independently walk, but also improve speed, stability and confidence through low-level FES that activates nerves and muscles that lift the foot.

VitalStim for Dysphagia and Dysarthria

FES is used to retrain the muscles needed to complete the swallowing process through specially designed electrodes that are attached to the patient’s neck. A small current stimulates motor nerves, causing the muscles in the neck to contract for improved swallowing.