A Researchers Suggestion Already Answered
Dr. Ananda Hochstenbach-Waelen etal from Adelante Centre of Expertise in Rehabilitation and Audiology, Zandbergsweg, Hoensbroek, Holland published their findings of research in the September 2012 edition of “Journal of Neuro Engineering and Rehabilitation” wherein they discuss ”Embracing change: practical and theoretical considerations for successful rehabilitation for upper limb training of stroke patients”.
Dr. Ananda Hochstenbach-Waelen feels that rehabilitation technology is the tool of the future for upper limb training for stroke patients because of an increasing demand and because there is limited implementation of this technology.
Dr. Ananda Hochstenbach-Waelen did a search of PubMed and IEEE databases and discussed the issue with therapists to identify criteria and conditions to implement such skills training for stroke patients. The steps they recommended were that the technology should be tailored to the patient’s needs and goals; that there should be increasing levels of difficulty in the exercises; that the hardware and software should allow for quick familiarization and adjustability to individual patients; that the system should make itself adaptable to the patient and that the technology should provide instructions and feedback to the patient’s progression.
Apparently overlooked by the researchers is the fact that such technology already exists in the form of the widely acclaimed HANDTUTOR and ARMTUTOR. The HANDTUTOR and ARMTUTOR together with their sister devices (LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR) are ergonomic wearable devices that together with powerful dedicated software are physical therapy products that have been created to serve as the exercise vehicle for stroke patients as well as for Parkinson’s, CP, MS, brain/spinal cord, Radial and Ulnar nerve and Brachial Plexus injuries as well as other head, trunk or upper and lower limb movement dysfunction.
The TUTOR system consists of motivating and challenging games that allow the patient to practice increasing levels of difficulty and isolated and/or interjoint coordination exercises as well as to experience repetition of the task related movements. Controlled exercise practice will help to prevent the development of compensatory movement patterns. The dedicated software allows the physical therapist to fully customize the exercises to the patient’s movement ability. In addition the therapist can objectively and quantitavely evaluate, offer feedback and provide documentation so as to report on the treatment progress In this way the therapist can tailor the program to the patient’s personal goals. The rehabilitation system optimizes the patient’s motor, sensory and cognitive performance and allows the patient to better perform everyday functional tasks to improve his quality of life. The TUTOR system has been designed to allow for quick familiarity and easy adaptibility on the part of the patient.
Already in use in leading U.S. and European hospitals and clinics the TUTOR system is fully certified by the FDA and CE and is available for children as well as adults and can also be used at the patient’s home through telerehabilitation. See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for more information about this most cost effective physical therapy solution.