- What are we studying?
Efficient walking depends on rhythmic coordination between the upper and lower limbs, which is often compromised by an incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI). For some people with incomplete SCI, walking might be improved by re-establishing the rhythm through functional electrical stimulation (FES)-assisted arm and leg exercises.
- How will we do that?
Volunteers will train on a modified recumbent bicycle at the lab. FES will be applied to the weak muscles of the limbs to assist in arm and leg cycling.
- Who can participate?
Adults with incomplete SCI (C4-T12) more than 8 months ago who can take a couple of steps with walking aids, not including parallel bars.
Out-of-town and out-of-province participants may have transportation and accommodation paid.
- What are some potential benefits?
You may improve your walking speed, walking endurance, balance, spasticity and level of independence.
- How much time does it take?
An initial assessment takes about 2 hours. Thereafter, you must commit to 4 months of training without interruption, 5 days per week for at least 1 hour each time.