The Tutor System Helps Create Greater Life Satisfaction During Physiotherapy After SCI


A study in DISABILITY and REHABILITATION in the December 2011 issue discusses a study of the life satisfaction level of persons who had suffered a spinal cord injury. This study took place during the 5 years following discharge from a rehabilitation facility.
Slight increases in life satisfaction were reported from two to five years post-discharge but no changes in mean life satisfaction ratings were found between discharge and two years later.
The significant determinants of a positive course of life satisfaction after discharge were high functional independence, low pain, high everyday social support, and high self-efficacy.
Since the TUTORS–HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR– are patient controlled for active rehabilitation exercises the satisfaction level of progress is higher than if physical therapy is only administered  in the standard way.
Occupational therapists use the TUTOR system as a manual therapy tool to help them with their rehabilitative work.
The TUTOR system  has shown much success in rehabilitation of joint movement. The newly developed TUTORS consist of ergonomic wearable devices. The HANDTUTOR is a glove for hand therapy and the ARMTUTOR is an arm brace for elbow and shoulder rehabilitation.  The system is indicated for patients who have suffered a stroke, head/brain injury, SCI, CP, MS, Parkinson’s disease and other mobility restraining illnesses. It is used by occupational therapists and physiotherapists in rehabilitation centers, private clinics and the home where it can be supported by telerehabilitation. It is designed for those who have head, trunk, upper and lower extremity movement dysfunction.
The system consists of motivating and challenging games that allow the patient to practice isolated and/or interjoint coordination exercises.  The dedicated rehabilitation software allows the physical and occupational therapist to fully customize the exercises to the patient’s movement ability. In addition the OT and PT can make objective follow up reports on their patients progress. Rehabilitation aims to optimizes the patient’s motor, sensory and cognitive performance and allows the patient to better perform everyday functional tasks to improve their quality of life. The TUTORS are certified by the FDA and CE See WWW.HANDTUTOR.COM for more information.

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