Functional Electrical Stimulation is the application of computer-regulated electrical impulses to the surface of the skin through electrodes. The goal is to produce a smooth contraction and relaxation of both superficial and deep muscle groups that mimic a “real” muscle contraction and relaxation cycle, which helps damaged sensory nerve and muscle fibers heal, returning the muscle to a healthy state.
FES treatments are extremely effective for use on recovering horses to access deep muscles, tendons and ligaments. During treatment, FES feels like a deep muscle massage because the sophisticated software mimics the electrical signals produced naturally between the brain and the body. Following injury or surgery, the electrical pathway can become disrupted, causing spasms and atrophy that can manifest as tight or locked muscles, pain, muscle wasting and poor performance.