ArmTutor Augments Parkinson’s Symptom Exercise Therapy

In a post on Monday, September 26, 2011 Ankit Ajmera reported the following story in The Mumbai Mirror:

It is not everyday that a 70-year-old wakes up at 6 am to flies to Baroda, goes into a series of meetings and then flies back to Mumbai the same evening. This 70 year old is Anand and his hectic day is part of his everyday battle as Anand who is the co-director of the Ramayana TV series, suffers from Parkinson’s diseaseor PD. PD is a degenerative disorder of the nervous system that affect a persons physical control of his body which results in movement dysafunction including muscle stiffness and constant tremors. The symptoms of Parkinson’s have been described as a rope being tightly wound over a patients body that tightens as every day passes so that eventually an everyday task such as lifting up a glass feels like moving a large weight.  
In order to slow the onset of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease Anand participates in a strict exercise regime set up by physical (PT) and occupational therapists (OT) regular exercise that consists of flexing exercises for each little muscle, and coordinated group muscle exercises. Intensive exercise practice is known to slow down the progression of Parkinson’s and improve the quality and life-span of the  patient. In addition he has a battery-operated pacemaker implanted inside his brain that is designed to facilitate muscle co-ordination. This so called Deep Brain Stimulation technique is designed to reduce the stiffness and rigidity in his limbs that characterizes Parkinsons.

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Anand’s Doctor commented on Anand dedication to exercise and said  “His well-being is activity dependent. If he stops walking, doing his daily flexing and extension exercises, he will be in a wheelchair.” 

The HandTutor, ArmTutor™ and LegTutor are used by Physical and occupational therapists to help slow down the progression of Parkinson’s disease symptoms and has been developed to allow for functional rehabilitation of the upper and lower extremity including shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. The system consists of an ergonomic wearable glove, arm and leg brace and dedicated rehabilitation software.

The HandTutor, ArmTutor™ and LegTutor allow physiotherapists, Physical and occupational therapists to report on the patients exercise progress and customize the intensive exercise practice to the patients movement ability. 

The ArmTutor and its sister devices (HandTutor, LegTutor and 3DTutor) are being used successfully in leading U.S. and foreign hospitals and private clinics and the outpatient environment as well as by patients at home. The ArmTutor and its sister devices (HandTutor, LegTutor and 3DTutor) are supported by telerehabilitation.


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