HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor and 3DTutor Increases Confidence and Sense of Achievement for SCI Patients

As reported  by Chris Thomas in SCIENCE NETWORK in Western Australia on October  25, 2011

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Funded by a $320,000 Lotterywest grant,  Edith Cowan University’s Joondalup campus has introduced an innovative rehabilitation program in partnership with Spinal Cord Injuries Australia.
 The physical and occupational therapy departments rehabilitation program will ‘Walk On Program’, based at ECU’s Health and Wellness Institute, will train staff and students to develop specific rehabilitation exercises while using state-of-the-art equipment. Kierre Ireland a physical therapists and spokesman for National Walk On said “The program aims to give the nervous system the chance to reactivate below the level of injury.
 In WA, 50 people per year will receive a spinal cord injury adding to the thousands already living with a spinal cord injury.
Twelve people have been chosen to take part in an individually designed exercise program to help maximise their functional recovery.
 therapist Kierre Ireland says it is a chance for them to get out of their wheelchairs for a two-hour session and complete whole body, intensive and dynamic exercises—no matter what level of function they may have. The program is based on activity-based spinal cord injury therapy developed by the University of Sydney and the Project Walk SCI recovery centre in Carlsbad, California. Improved functional outcome measures include an improvement in patients’ ability to transfer from wheelchairs to beds or in and out of cars, being able to more independently wash or feed themselves, improvement in balance and strength  which makes it easier for patients to pick things up.
“Many of our clients also report gaining a huge psychological improvement with a more positive approach to their lives, increase in self-confidence and a sense of worth,” Ms Ireland says.
The newly developed state of the art Tutor devices or HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor and 3DTutor have give the occupational and physical therapist access to powerful manual therapy tools for the upper and lower limb. These tools make doing repetitive and intensive exercise practice at a controlled and customized level easier for the patient. The Tutor system HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor and 3DTutor will improve functional recovery outcomes. In addition the Tutor system can bring a positive approach to the life of the patient by providing them with a means to understand exactly what their arm, hand and leg needs to do to complete the exercise that the physical and occupational therapist is asking them to repeatedly do.
The HandTutor and its “sisters” is currently being used successfully in leading U.S. and foreign hospitals and clinics. It is designed for adults and children alike and is fully certified by the FDA and CE.


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