Cleveland FES Center
Center for Functional Electrical Stimulation
The FES Center focuses on the application of electrical currents to either generate or suppress activity in the nervous system. This technique is known as functional electrical stimulation (FES). FES can produce and control the movement of otherwise paralyzed limbs for standing and hand grasp, activate visceral bodily functions such as bladder control or respiration, create perceptions such as skin sensibility, arrest undesired activity such as pain or spasm, and facilitate natural recovery and accelerate motor relearning.
The Center was founded to introduce FES into clinical practice. Our challenge is to translate fundamental knowledge of electrical stimulation of the nervous system into useful systems that enhance the independence and quality of life for those individuals affected by neural disorders. We advance toward this goal by integrating and facilitating the efforts of scientists, engineers, and clinicians across the institutional partners.
In an exciting environment of leading scientists, engineers, clinicians, students, and fellows working together, we explore new techniques of medical rehabilitation and enable FES knowledge to develop into useful products. We are pleased to provide systems that assist veteran and civilian populations in improving their lives after the devastating consequences of central nervous system disorders.
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