Tutor System – ArmTutor, handTutor and LegTutor and Inclusion in Guide to Disability Fitness Training

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Jake Lawless says it’s a challenge for those with spinal cord injuries to get started in a fitness routine.
Then at 24, Jake Lawless fell off a roof and landed on his head. The injury left him a high functioning quadriplegic.
Lawless now 38 describes his injury as his worst nightmare come true. Physical activity has been the key to his recovery. He said that an intensive rehabilitation routine has helped him deal with his disability and learn to walk again. He needed to do additional intensive physical therapy again after knee trauma that destroyed his knee.
As reported in SPEC.COM November 12, 2011, now a peer support worker, Lawless teaches adults with spinal injuries of the value of staying fit. Lawless said that the biggest challenge for many SCI and brain injury patients  is finding out what to do.
Enter a new fitness guide developed by researchers at McMaster University. The guide lists activities for people with spinal injuries and includes how much training (dose) they should do per week.
The leading cause of death for people with spinal injuries is chronic disease and fitness is important to prevent this. Yes less than a half of the 86,000 Canadians with a (SCI) spinal cord injury are physically active. Lawless says that keeping fit is critical to maintain his quality of life. and Bill Adair, executive director of the Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario agrees.
Activities recommended:
Those with a manual chair
 •  Cycle using hand cycle or stationary bike
 •  Swim
 •  Build strength with a resistance band
•  Wheel for fun and endurance
 •  Rake the lawn or shovel snow
 •  Lift weights
Power chair
  •  Swim with assistance
 •  Use an arm ergometer
•  Use a movement therapy machine like the Tutor system. (See below).
 •  Use cable pulleys
 •  Dance
  •  Do standing frame exercises
•  Curl
 •  Practise yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi
The Tutor system  (which includes the HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor and 3DTutor) not only provides intensive exercises for the physically challenged but makes it fun as well. The newly developed Tutor system improves fine motor, sensory and cognitive impairments through those exercises and includes augmented feedback as well.
The exercises are designed in the form of challenging games that are suitable for a wide variety of neurological and orthopedic injury and disease. The games challenge the patient to perform the exercise task to their best ability. Rehabilitation games allow the patient to exercise Range of Motion (ROM), speed and accuracy of movement.
The ArmTutor™ , for example, allows for isolated and a combination of elbow and three directional shoulder treatment. The system provides detailed exercise performance instructions and precise feedback on the patients exercise performance. Controlled exercise of multijoints within the normal movement pattern prevents the development of undesired and compensatory joint movement and ensures better performance of functional tasks.
The Tutor system  is also used in rehabilitation therapy for victims of Parkinson’s disease, MS, CP, Upper and lower limb surgeries, brain and spinal cord injuries and other disabling illnesses. It is currently in use in many leading rehabilitation centers worldwide and has full FDA and CE certification. See http://www.HandTutor.com


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