Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) to improve mobility in Parkinson’s
FES is a means of creating movement in paralysed muscles. It is used in MS and stroke to correct dropped foot by stimulating the common peroneal nerve through swing. We are using the same technique for Parkinson’s and our initial results indicate reduced freezing, increase speed and step length and reduce falls. Some people experiencing a carry-over effect for several days.
BiographyPaul Taylor is Head of Research at the National Clinical FES Centre at Salisbury District Hospital, UK. He is a Biomedical Engineer specialising in Functional Electrical stimulation (FES). His main area of work has been the development, clinical testing and service delivery for FES systems used to assist gait for people with dropped foot due to stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions. He is Chief Investigator on the STEPS project (The Effectiveness of Peroneal Nerve Functional Electrical STimulation (FES) for the Reduction of Bradykinesia in Parkinson’s Disease: A Pragmatic Feasibility Study for a Single Blinded Randomised Control Trial (STEPS) RfPB: PB-PG-1014-35012), which is investigating the use of FES to improve mobility in Parkinson’s. He also has an interest in developing and accessing systems for upper limb training in stroke and spinal cord injury. Paul is president of the UK and Ireland chapter of the international FES Society and is visiting professor at Bournemouth University.