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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Weeks
    Jr - You need the reflex arc in order to do FES. At T10 you might slide in there. Do you have any spasms in ur legs?

    I waited 20 years to do anything at all. Spasticity kept me with a little muscle tone..... but not near normal.
    I have spasms usually when my bladder or bowel is ready to emlinate, my leggs will start shaking or jerking around. Why would this happen because of my bladder or bowel? I also have a small portable FES device and my butt muscles are able to stimulate using it, no quads, very little feet, but get some response out of the back of leggs such as calves!
    Last edited by Jr.; 03-14-2006 at 02:08 AM.
    Thanks: {Art}

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    The quads are really important for pedaling. You will need to get a strong response from them using your stimulator.

  3. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Weeks
    The quads are really important for pedaling. You will need to get a strong response from them using your stimulator.
    Can a T-10 injury cause denervation to the quad muscles? I thought that the quad muscle nerve roots branch out at the Lumbar level segment of the spinal cord?
    Thanks: {Art}

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    I think quadriceps are innervated at L3. But I've heard of T10 folks who didn't have reflexes below their injury level at all. The lumbar cord segments are situated at bony levels T9-11, right? I dunno. We're gonna need help on this.

    Try reading this:

    http://carecure.org/index.php?page=v...nalLevels.html

  5. #25

    More thoughts of FES....

    Jeff, wantin' to say that you do a killer workout on the bike. It wipes my butt out doing 30 min at 4/8 Kp, then 30min. at 0 K/p with SP at 46 rpm. I is really impressed with your stamina. As for beneficial stuff, the bike has really improved my blood circulation to lower extremities. My feet are not blue anymore after a shower,and feet are no longer swollen, ever. I can tolerate the colder temps better, though not the bne-chillin' variety. The Ergys 2 bike is building stronger muscle in my legs, aiding my walking and gait techniques.

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    Sounds like you are onto a system of body building your legs Jeff

    I use to workout that way and like you ended up with huge muscular legs. It made my daily life much harder in dragging around my heavy legs in and out of the truck and even transfers became harder. Now I just use the FES bike every other day on level 2 for some cardio and to keep my legs moving around. I figured if I kept on excersing the way I was I would end up with upper body problems (shoulders, etc) from lifting my heavy legs all the time.

    Just think though Jeff if a Cure does come along though, you can go from being a Quad to an Olympic Speed Skater overnight

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