Functional Electrical Stimulation of the upper limb: Lessons learned from clinical practice

Applying electrical stimulation on the upper limbs in various neurological diseases requires information about muscle morphology, anatomy and functionality in terms of differentiation of muscle activation of the warranted movement. Based on this knowledge a stimulation schedule could be performed in consideration of atrophy, fatigue and expected functional outcome. A precise goal definition supports to determine if the muscle or muscle group should be stimulated for motor learning, strengthening or changing muscle structure. Consequently, the goal definition sets the assessments to evaluate the treatment effects. The webinar provides some critical aspects of (i) muscle physiology, (ii) stimulation protocols including parameter choice and examples of (iii) stimulation in function and activity. In addition, examples of clinical practice will illustrate capabilities and challenges of successful FES application.
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Gad Alon


Dr Ines Bersch, PT, MSc, PhD

Ines Bersch is a graduated Physiotherapist since 1989. In 1991 she went to the Swiss Paraplegic Centre, Nottwil and became two years later the substitute chief of physiotherapy. In 1992 she started to work with functional electrical stimulation and its implementation in spinal cord injury rehabilitation. At the same time, she started to teach as an instructor at the Universities of Applied Science at Bern, Zürich (1998-2005) and Basel (2007) covering spinal cord injury rehabilitation, treatment of peripheral nerve lesions and functional electrical stimulation. In 2008 she received the Bachelor of Education Science, in 2012 the Master of Science in Neurorehabilitation Research at the Danube University of Krems (Austria) and in 2019 her PhD at the University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Akademin, Sweden. Her PhD project investigated the “Upper and Lower Motoneuron Lesions in Tetraplegia - Diagnostic and Therapeutic Implications of Electrical Stimulation”. From 2014 –2017 she worked as a therapy instructor for physio- and occupational therapists in a team of 120 therapists and was responsible for the advancement of functional electrical stimulation, robotics and the evidence of therapeutical treatments. In January 2018, the Swiss Paraplegic Centre established the International FES Centre for Treatment and Education. As the leader of this department she focuses her work on the combination of patients’ treatment and research in this field to transfer the results from clinical trials and technical research as wells as new technologies into daily rehabilitation.

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