The Flexion Support System or (FSS) for short is a versatile tool designed to assist people with weak or injured hip flexor muscles due to Multiple Sclerosis or a stroke.
The FSS allows one to utilize their upper body strength to lift, move, or adjust the leg as needed. It can be used in a seated position or in a standing position. The versatility of the FSS is due to the ability to adjust the length of the attached lifting strap from a short length for use while sitting, to a longer length for use while standing. I personally use the FSS for many things including walking, traversing stairs, lifting my leg in and out of a vehicle and at the gym to get on and off exercise equipment. I use the FSS to assists me in stretching and exercising to help me retain hip muscle strength and range of motion.
Walking causes fatigue and puts a great deal of stress on my knees, hips and lower back. With the FSS, I can use my upper body to help lift my leg and foot when I take a step. This takes much of the work out of walking and puts less stress on my knees and hips.
Climbing stairs is a real challenge. With the FSS, I simply lengthen the lifting strap until I can grip the lifting strap while standing up straight. I then pull upward on the lifting strap to lift my leg up each stair. It is simple and reduces the amount of energy spent going up the stairs as well as reduces the stress on my hips, lower back and knees.
This simple solution is designed to help individuals conserve energy, perform safer movements of the leg, reduce pain and fatigue from daily activities.
Two versions of the FSS are available. The basis version is pictured here. The basis version of the FSS has no provisions for use of resistance cords.