Best Electrode Placement For Arm and Hand Stroke Rehabilitation

NeuroRehab Team
Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

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Electrical stimulation, also referred to as e-stim, NMES, or FES, can be an effective tool in reducing the symptoms of stroke, such as increasing strength and function. The success of one’s recovery using electrical stimulation will rely heavily on proper electrode placement.

Listed below are some key video examples of upper limb electrode positioning by Axelgaard. Click on the thumbnail below to visit the video link.









Electrode Positions for Common UE Stroke Muscle Groups


Scapular Retraction



Shoulder Flexion/Abduction




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Elbow Flexion


Elbow Extension



Wrist/Finger Extension



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Finger Flexion


Thumb Abduction


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