This course will provide a review over the principles of functional electrical stimulation (FES) and discuss the uses of FES in rehabilitation for persons with neurological injuries, focusing on FES for: upper extremity, ambulation, and exercise. Specific treatment protocols will be provided. A review of current best evidence and several patient cases will be presented.

 Level of Instruction:  Intermediate

Course Objectives

  • Define functional electrical stimulation (FES)
  • Identify the possible mechanisms for therapeutic benefit from FES
  • Identify the common uses and methods for delivery of FES in neurological rehabilitation based on current best evidence
  • Develop plan of care using FES based on actual patient cases.

Course Agenda

  • FES definition and mechanism of action
  • FES in the upper extremity
  • FES for ambulation and exercise
  • Integration with clinical cases
  • Q&A


  • Dr. Jill Seale, PT, PhD, NCS

Dr. Jill Seale has been a licensed physical therapist for 18 years. She is an APTA Neurologic Certified Specialist and has practiced almost exclusively in the field of Brain Injury and Stroke rehabilitation. She is an assistant professor in the UTMB Department of Physical Therapy, and received her PhD from Texas Woman’s University.  She has a variety of teaching experiences in physical therapy academia as well as in the health care community at large. She serves as core faculty in the TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency in collaboration with Texas Woman’s University and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She has taught many continuing education courses for rehabilitation professionals in the areas of neurological pathology, rehabilitation, and research, and is currently involved in clinical research in stroke rehabilitation, orthotic management, and gait analysis/rehabilitation.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $49


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