Wheelchair Strengths

Being bound to a wheelchair because of a  spinal cord injury (SCI) doesn’t mean that self efficacy should be withdrawn. On the contrary, motivation can exist to excel in remaining body movements and even strengthen them beyond the level they were before. In addition wheelchair skills can actually improve physical activity. These skills can help people feel more efficacious in their ability to overcome barriers to physical activity. Just belief in one’s ability to overcome barriers can play a significant role in physical activity participation by people with SCI and can decrease other health risks.

One of the exercise regimens that can bring improvement to upper or lower affected limbs and joints is included in the exclusive software of the TUTOR system. The TUTOR system consists of a HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR. These recently introduced devices are ergonomic gloves or braces that are attached to various parts of the body and connect with sensors to powerful dedicated software. The TUTOR system consists of motivating and challenging games that allow the patient to practice isolated or interjoint coordination exercises.. The therapist can then evaluate the treatment progress. The TUTOR system then optimizes the patient’s motor, sensory and cognitive performance and allows him to better perform everyday functional tasks to improve his quality of life.

Currently in use in leading U.S. and European hospitals and rehabilitation clinics the TUTOR system is appropriate for children as well as adults and can be used in the patient’s home through telerehabilitation. The TUTORs are FDA and CE certified. See WWW.HANDTUTOR.COM for more information.


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