Adaptive Stimulation

Medtronic is continually advancing neurostimulation therapy to improve quality of life for patients with chronic pain. Adaptive stimulation, or AdaptiveStim®, is new technology that reduces the need to manually adjust your stimulation level when you change positions.

Throughout each day, you change position repeatedly – from sitting to lying down, from lying down to standing up. As you change positions, your spinal cord may move closer to or further from the electrodes that send out the mild electrical pulses. A stimulation level that blocks your pain when you're standing may be uncomfortable when you're lying down. As a result, you may have to adjust stimulation with your programmer.

Before RestoreSensor, all neurostimulation systems may have required you to adjust stimulation settings with your programmer when you change position so that stimulation remains comfortable. With AdaptiveStim, exclusively available with RestoreSensor®, you can be active without having to adjust your stimulation setting. AdaptiveStim automatically adjusts it for you.

What Patients Say About Adaptive Stimulation

Harmony Video
RestoreSensor Clinical Study Patient

Automatically Adapts to Your Position

AdaptiveStim remembers the stimulation level that you have chosen in each position and automatically adjusts the setting the next time you move into that position. AdaptiveStim, available only from Medtronic:

  • Senses when you change position
  • Learns from previous experience and remembers your last comfortable setting while upright (standing or sitting), lying down, or upright and active (e.g., jogging) 
  • Responds by automatically adjusting stimulation to your optimal settings in each position

What Patients Say About Adaptive Stimulation

Marty Video
RestoreSensor Clinical Study Patient

How AdaptiveStim Works

AdaptiveStim uses an accelerometer similar to what is used in smart phones and gaming devices to detect a change in position. Just as a smart phone knows if it's being used vertically or horizontally and adjusts the screen image, AdaptiveStim knows if you are upright, or lying down and adjusts your settings.

Proven Effective

An FDA-approved clinical study on RestoreSensor with AdaptiveStim found:

  • 90.1% of clinical study patients said they intend to leave AdaptiveStim turned on all or most of the time or turn it on or off as needed.1
  • 86.5% of clinical study patients reported improved pain relief and/or improved convenience1
  • 80.3% of clinical study patients reported improved in comfort during position changes1

Learn more about Harmony and Marty's experience before and after adaptive stimulation on tamethepain.com


  1. Medtronic advanced pain therapy using neurostimulation for chronic pain. Clinical summary. 2011; M221494A006.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 18 Feb 2013

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