The Tutors HandTutor LegTutor Assist Physical Rehabilitation for Wheelchair Bound Patients

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A study published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation on February16, 2012 and  written by Marlene Aparecida PhD etal discusses  how individuals with Spinal Cord Injury are affected by wheelchair sports on their respiratory muscle strength and thoracic mobility.
 Thirty male subjects with chronic spinal cord injury took part in the study and were divided into four groups: sedentary subjects with quadriplegia, wheelchair rugby athletes with quadriplegia, sedentary subjects with paraplegia, and wheelchair basketball athletes with paraplegia . The study’s main outcome measures were maximal inspiratory and expiratory pressure and the respiratory coefficients at the axillary and xiphoid levels.
The conclusions reached were that physical training seems to have a positive influence on respiratory muscle strength and thoracic mobility, especially in subjects with quadriplegia.
Physical and occupational therapy for incomplete paralysis is one of the issues that is accommodated with the use of the TUTOR system.
 The newly developed HANDTUTOR and its sister devices (ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR, 3DTUTOR) have become a key system in neuromuscular rehabilitation and physical therapy for interactive rehabilitation exercise. These innovative devices implement an impairment based program with augmented feedback and encourage motor learning through intensive active exercises. These exercises are challenging and motivating and allow for repetitive training tailored to the patient’s performance. This training is then customized by the occupational and physical therapist to ensure that the patient stays motivated to do intensive repetitive manual therapy and exercise practice.
The HANDTUTOR, LEGTUTOR, ARMTUTOR and 3DTUTOR are now  part of the rehabilitation program of leading U.S. and foreign hospitals with theTUTORS being used in clinics and in the home. Home care patients can be supported by the occupational and physical therapist offering tele-rehabilitation. See WWW.HANDTUTOR.COM for more information.

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