Hand, Arm, Leg and 3DTutors Boost Success in Rehabilitation Therapy


Dr A Towfighi of the Division of Stroke and Critical Care, Department of Neurology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA discuss whether a healthy lifestyle post stroke affects mortality. The issue was discussed  in the Journal of  Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, November 2011
Background: Littleresearch has been done to tackle the question of  the effects of a healthy lifestyle on mortality after stroke. This study looked at five healthy lifestyle factors to see if they had a independent and dose dependent association with cardiovascular mortality after stroke.
The five factors were:
Eating ≥5 servings of fruits or vegetables per da
Exercising >12 times per month
Body mass index of 18.5–29.9 mg/kg2
Alcohol intake of 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men+ non smoking
Conclusions: Regular exercise sessions and non smoking were independently associated with lower mortality after stroke.
 Dose dependent combinations of the healthy lifestyle factors were associated with lower cardiovascular mortality.
Relative to a good feeling about yourself and your progress after a stroke is the ability to return to as near to normal lifestyle. When this can be accomplished in a fun way where the patient and family can see the improvement it makes the rehabilitation process enjoyable and satisfying.
The Tutor system provides just such a choice.
The HandTutor, LegTutor, ArmTutor and 3DTutor offer  rehabilitation following stroke, brain or spinal injury, Parkinson’s and many other injuries or diseases that impede joint movement ability. The dedicated software uses a variety of games that can be customized to a patients movement ability by the occupational and physiotherapist. This will assist the patient in doing repetitive and intensive movement training which wil improve functional movement outcomes.
In conclusion the innovative Tutor devices HandTutor, LegTutor, ArmTutor and 3DTutor implement an impairment based program with augmented feedback and encourage motor learning through intensive active exercise practice. The exercises are challenging and motivating and allow for repetitive training tailored to the patient’s performance. The system also includes objective quantitative evaluations that provide the therapist information to customize the most suitable rehabilitation program to the patient’s ability.
The Tutor system is being used in leading U.S. and foreign hospitals as well as clinics and is adaptable for adults as well as children. In addition the Tutors can also be used at home through tele rehabilitation. See http://www.HandTutor.com

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