For so many of our clients, we have observed the impact that the FES system has on improving their quality of life and the increased range of activities they are now able to do with their partners and or children.
The confidence, energy and independence that is achieved after daily and disciplined use that allows them to participate and make their mark in society and for some this includes returning to work.
We offer paid monthly rental trials for the following FES packages:
The initial 60 minute FES assessment appointment is required prior to arranging the preferred rental package. This will enable us to determine the most appropriate set up for the rental system for you and to allow us to focus on training you how to use the system during your fitting session.
"I have Primary Progressive multiple sclerosis and, particularly over the last two years, my walking has been deteriorating due to a dropped foot. I decided to trial the Bioness L300 FES device for a 2 week period before purchasing my own system.
Natalie has played a large part in making sure I can ... " get the best benefit from the device and my walking is undoubtedly better when I am wearing it. Natalie and her team have a very positive and enthusiastic approach which makes visiting her treatment rooms a pleasure and I am very grateful to her."
"Due to MS, before I purchased the FES, I could not walk for longer than 10 minutes and because of foot drop I regularly fell when walking. This led to me having a lack of confidence and a reluctance to go out walking.
When I read about the system I thought that it could be a ... " help to me and I have to say that I was right. I chose to purchase the L300 system immediately after my FES assessment. With the L300 I can walk much further and for much longer than without it. Depending on the day I can walk for several kilometres and, unless my leg is getting really tired, I do not trip. I walk more quickly and feel much more stable on my feet. I have never tripped and fallen whilst wearing it so my confidence is hugely improved. I now enjoy dog walks with my Westie and my husband whereas I would previously have avoided them. I recently walked up (and down) the 77 steep, winding uneven stone steps at Knole Park Gatehouse without assistance or any problem followed by a lengthy walk around the park. I would never consider it if I were not wearing the L300.
The fact that it is wireless means that it can be worn with dresses which is great. It is a bit chunky round the leg and so I do have to consider which trousers I can wear with it. I do not feel that anyone would think that it looks weird as I walk so much better and must look less weird that I did when I was staggering about and therefore no one seems to notice it.
I have never regretted the decision to contact Neurolink and to purchase the L300. Natalie and Portia were so welcoming and helpful and seemed to really understand my needs. They are so positive and supportive and seemed to get real pleasure from seeing the improvement that the L300 made in my walking. Portia looked at me holistically and worked on loosening tight muscles in my feet and legs and on my gait and balance to make sure that I gained full benefit from the device. She targeted sessions at what I wanted to get out of them; it was not a fixed agenda.
The L300 is simple to use and Natalie gave a fantastic tutorial and filmed it on my phone so that I could refer back to it if I needed to. I never have needed to as it was all made so clear to me."Read more
"I was diagnosed with Relapse Remitting Multiple Sclerosis back in 2007. I’d just come back from Tunisia and was experiencing various sensory issues, loss of taste, optic neuritis. After a course of steroids a lot of these symptoms disappeared.
Life was good and returned back to normal but then in 2015 I started having ... " issues with my balance, gait and mobility. I was suffering from foot drop and thigh weakness which meant walking was difficult and I had a lot of trips and falls. I mentioned this to my neurologist who referred me for a course of Physio and to Orthotics.
I was given a rather cumbersome plastic foot brace which didn’t really help. I then tried the stock NHS Functional Electrical Stimulation device which was encouraging how well it worked but was not practical and looked like it was designed in the 1950's with a lot of trailing wires and sticky pads. It meant adding an extra half an hour to my already tight morning schedule and constant readjusting throughout the day which didn't fill me with much confidence.
After a bit of googling I found the L300 Plus which looked really good, lucky I came across Neurolink Physiotherapy website and immediately booked an appointment. After trying on the system I was amazed at how easy it was to get going. It seemed ideal; the system required little maintenance and was discrete. I can just clip on and go, since wearing the system I have returned back to having a social life and it has made work easier, my confidence level has improved and I am now able to stand straight and walk without falling.
My experience at Neurolink Physiotherapy was informative and really positive, Natalie was patient with answering my questions and very supportive, after the initial trial session it became fairly obvious it was a 'no brainier' to buy the product. It’s a bit of an unexpected cost but I got a few points on the credit card and spread the cost over the year.
The most memorable moment working with the Neurolink Physiotherapy team was when I was first able to take a full stride; I felt more like me again."Read more
"My husband suffered a major stroke in 2013, he was left with severe physical and cognitive impairments and I was told there would be no recovery.
Natalie Woodman came very highly recommended as the best person to go to for the Bioness H200 and L3 thigh plus systems. I called Neurolink, and an assessment date ... " was quickly arranged. Natalie was aware we needed help with funding, and was more than happy to support us with this, a decision that quite literally changed our lives.
Prior to meeting Natalie my husband was long out of NHS physio and life was a struggle. Whilst he had mastered a few steps with the aid of a quad stick by the time we met her, his gait was extremely impaired and he could neither lift his foot nor bend his knee and had to swing his leg out to the side which made him very unstable.
His right arm was also severely affected by the stroke. He suffered a great deal of pain in his arm and wrist and was understandable very guarded over anyone touching it. Natalie was patient and kind, and quickly gained his trust. She explained what was meant by spasticity and high tone, and how the H200 could help with this. Putting the H200 on for the first time and seeing his hand move, was very emotional.
In between our sessions, Natalie gave us a clear plan to work on and a review date, and at each review she praised my husband’s achievements and offered further encouragement. He always went away feeling on top of the world, which was lovely to see.
Regular use of the H200 has reduced his high tone and given my husband a looser hand. Whilst he doesn’t currently have function, he does now have movement in his arm that’s improving all the time.
With the L3 thigh plus system, he’s able to walk with great confidence and without the fear of falling over, which is a huge relief to me.
Natalie is extremely knowledgeable, and you can tell right away that she has both passion and a real flair for what she does.
Our goals were simple, to achieve a two armed hug and for my husband walk by my side holding my hand, and with Natalie’s help and guidance we’re getting ever closer to achieving them.
For anyone thinking of trialling the H200 or the L300 thigh plus system I would say don’t hesitate, book an appointment with Natalie and go for it. I can promise you , you’ll never look back.
Thank you Natalie ..."Read more