Functional Electrical Stimulation Exercise (FES)

FES Participant at The Steadward Centre

The Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Exercise Program is designed for individuals who have paralyzed muscle that they are not able to exercise on their own. by placing electrodes on the surface of the skin, FES uses electrical currents to activate the paralyzed muscle.

This leads to the muscles performing functional movements that enable participants to use specialized equipment such as an FES Bike. Essentially, the FES Exercise Program provides people with paralyzed muscle (e.g., from a spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis) with a way to take part in regular physical activity. Regular participation in FES exercise may assist in the prevention of muscle atrophy, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and type 2 diabetes.

A National Leader

The Steadward Centre has a long history of involvement in FES Exercise. Since 1991, when the Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre Society (SCITCS) donated the first FES Ergys bike in Western Canada, The Steadward Centre has been providing FES exercise programs for individuals living with paralysis through the use of two exercise modalities: cycling and most recently elliptical training. In the Fall of 2011, the program was expanded to include community sites within Edmonton. Currently, there are 4 sites across Edmonton that offer FES programs (including The Steadward Centre), with different support options available at each facility. We will gladly help you make an informed decision to meet your personal needs.

How to Get Started?

To participate in FES, you will require a referral from your doctor.

Your first step is an initial consultation/ screening, which can be completed through The Steadward Centre or at the FES community centre location of your choice. Please contact Lemmuel de la Cruz, APA Consultant for more information at or (780) 492-8339.

FES programs options in the Edmonton area:

The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement,
1-670 Van Vliet Centre, University of Alberta
Ph: 780-492-8339

Saville Community Sport Centre,
11520 - 65 Avenue NW, University of Alberta (South Campus)
Ph: 780-492-1701

Don Wheaton YMCA,
10211 102 Ave NW
Ph: 780-452-9622

Castledowns YMCA,
11510 153 Ave NW
Ph: 780-476-9622

For more information about Adult Fitness and Recreation

Allison Hunder
Ph: 780-492-8339