L-R: Alicia Waterman, Rocky Bay Senior Physiotherpist Zhao Teoh, Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams, and Shane Agnew at the FES Bike launch.
Rocky Bay has expanded its neurological rehabilitation services with the launch of the first Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Bike at our Mandurah Hub.
With over $53,000 raised through generous community and corporate donations, Rocky Bay are now able to provide neurological rehabilitation therapy to more than half a dozen Mandurah-based customers with neurological conditions and spinal cord injuries.
The FES Bike will be only the second piece of neurological therapy equipment of this type located south of Perth, with the other located at Fiona Stanley Hospital.
Rocky Bay Director Clinical Services, Michelle Dillon, said having this equipment in Mandurah would mean more than just convenience for customers.
“Access to neurological therapy within the south metropolitan region for the general public has been very limited, particularly access to the RT300SLSA FES Bike which is prioritised for inpatients through the health system at Fiona Stanley Hospital,” Ms Dillon said.
“Having the FES Bike in Mandurah will eliminate long journeys, which in the long-term can reduce travel fatigue and frees up time for customers to participate in other leisure and social activities.
“It is also much more accessible for customers who weren’t able to organise travel (to Mosman Park) due to funding restrictions or lack of transportation or carer access.”
Supplied by Restorative Therapies, the FES Bike cycling system uses safe, low-current electrical pulses to help improve mobility. It activates paralysed muscles for functional movement, reduces muscle spasms, improves local circulation, facilitates muscle conditioning and maintains an individual’s range of motion.
Customers who receive neurological rehabilitation often require specialised equipment for their ongoing restorative journey, and the FES Bike provides Rocky Bay with a contemporary and innovative tool to complement the overall therapy intervention strategy at the Mandurah Hub.
“The new FES Bike will provide customers with greater choice and control, with a contemporary therapy provider who is well-equipped with the knowledge, expertise and equipment for neurological rehabilitation,” explained Ms Dillon.
Rocky Bay Physiotherapist Kate Adams, demonstrating the FES Bike with Michael O’Brien.
Alicia Waterman, a regular user of Rocky Bay’s Mosman Park FES Bike, raised more than $1,650 toward the new equipment through her participation in the 2019 HBF Run for a Reason.
Alicia regularly uses the equipment as part of her rehabilitation program, following a serous spinal cord injury in 2012 which left her as a quadriplegic and living with a tracheostomy, and the results enabled her to walk one kilometre, 700 metres of which was on her own, in this year’s Run for a Reason event.
Rocky Bay would like to acknowledge all the below organisations, community groups and individuals who generously made donations to allow Rocky Bay to purchase the FES Bike:
- Resource Capital Funds Foundation
- Alicia Waterman, Jocelyn Waterman and Kate Adams through their Run for a Reason fundraising
- Rotary Club of Mandurah
- Personnel Employed at Alcoa Charity Help (PEACH)
- David Templeman MLA
- City of Mandurah
- Stan Perron Charitable foundation
- Spinifex Trust
- Willy and Mimi Packer
- EA and JA Heal
- Hermann Raith
Rocky Bay’s Clarkson Hub also inherited an important piece of therapy equipment recently. A MOTOmed was generously donated by Louise Mofflin, a long-time customer and one of the founders of Spinal WA.
The MOTOmed also aids in the rehabilitation of people recovering from neurological conditions, such as stroke, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and paralysis.
Read more about Louise’s generous donation here.
For more information on Rocky Bay’s neurological rehabilitation services, please call our Customer Engagement team on 9383 6113.