Effects of activity-based therapy with non-invasive spinal cord stimulation

Researcher(s): Dr. Andrei Krassioukov

What is the research for?

We are investigating the effects of activity-based therapy (ABT) with non-invasive (transcutaneous) spinal cord stimulation (TCSCS) on motor function, autonomic (cardiovascular, bladder, bowel, and sexual) function and quality of life in people with SCI.

Am I eligible to take part?

  • BC Resident with active medical services plan
  • Aged 18-60 years old
  • More than 1 year since traumatic spinal cord injury at or above T6
  • Motor-complete spinal cord injury (AIS A or B)
  • Weight less than 300 lbs
  • Height between 5’2’’ and 6’2’’
  • NO clinically significant depression

What will I be asked to do?

Individuals who are eligible to participate in the study will receive activity-based therapy and either (a) transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation (TCSCS) or (b) ineffective stimulation (SHAM) at 3 days/week for 12 weeks for a total of 36 treatment sessions. The study also involves 6 additional visits to conduct necessary screening and assessments. Overall the total duration of the participation is approximately 20 weeks.


All visits will take place at the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre.

Contact information

For more information, please contact Carolyn Barakso: barakso@icord.org

Principal Investigator: Dr. Andrei Krassioukov