Upper Limb Therapy

Hand Function and why it is needed?
We use our hands every day to get dressed, to eat, to wash, to feel, to touch, to love. When our arm and hand are affected by a stroke or another condition it affects our entire life. Therapy and exercises to improve the use of and movement of the upper limb and hand (sensory stimulation) are done to improve the function of the affected limb.

Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation
Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation (TES) is used in retraining the upper limb/s. The TES contracts a muscle by directly activating the motor neuron by electrical impulses. This device also increases the muscle bulk which is stimulated, reduces increased tone in the antagonistic muscles, increases blood flow and manages swelling.

TES is used as part of a multi-disciplinary team approach, during rehabilitation, but should not be viewed as a treatment in itself. Suitable candidates include persons who had a stroke, head injury, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. For Contra-indications please refer to www.salisburyfes.com