Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Specialty Center

At The Recovery Project, we’re continually looking to implement 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 aid in motor recovery from many central nervous system disorders by using highly specialized equipment to administer pulses of electrical current to patients through adhesive pads. This evokes coordinated muscle contractions that imitate muscle functionality and gives patients the health-related benefits of exercise.

FES helps children and adults living with:

FES has been proven to deliver a variety of health benefits, including:

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

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 muscles. For leg cycling, FES can be applied to the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, gastrocs, and anterior tibials. For core strength and stability, FES can be applied to the abdominal and back muscle groups.

RT600 Stepper

The RT600 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, gastrocs, anterior tibials, abdominals, and shoulder and scap stabilization muscles.


The Xcite is a portable multi-channel FES stimulator that allows patients to work on meaningful ADLs and movements including feeding, scooting transfers, sits/stands, and step-ups.

Rehab Moves 2

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

VitalStim for Dysphagia and Dysarthria

An FES unit that 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.