Chinese Medicine as a Therapy Tool for Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be a  life threatening event depending on the severity of the damage to the brain. It can also cause a range of debilitating results which require cognitive, motor, communication, behavioral or emotional  rehabilitation of varying intensity and duration. A number of studies conducted and published in China have suggested that acupuncture may be beneficial in the acute treatment and rehabilitation of TBI.
Drs.  V.Wong,  D. K. L.Cheuk,  S. Lee and  V. Chu of the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong SAR, China conducted a study as to the efficacy and safety of acupuncture as a treatment for patients with brain injury. They came to a conclusion that the low methodological quality of the  studies did not allow them to make conclusive judgments on the efficacy and safety of acupuncture in either the acute treatment and/or rehabilitation of TBI. If there is a beneficial role to play then it will need further research.
On the other hand research  (see  Physical Therapy Departments, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel;
Outpatient and Research Division, Reuth Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel and
Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel) has shown that the TUTOR system can have remarkable success as a physical therapy solution in brain injury rehabilitation.
 Rehabilitation using the HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR  and 3DTUTOR is being done in the USA at major in-patient and out-patient clinics as well as at private physical therapy clinics. Many patients including stroke and cerebral palsy as well as those who have had a TBI or Spinal cord injury can also avail themselves of the TUTOR system through the use of tele rehabilitation. The TUTORs have been developed to allow for functional rehabilitation of the whole body including the upper and lower extremity. The system consists of ergonomic wearable devices and dedicated rehabilitation software that provide patient instructions and feedback to encourage intensive massed controlled exercise practice. In this way the TUTOR system allows for controlled exercise of multijoints within the normal movement pattern which prevents the development of undesired and compensatory joint movement and therefore ensures better performance of functional tasks. This is important in stroke, brain, spinal cord (SCI) and Cerebral palsy rehabilitation in addition to other neurological and orthopedic injury and disease.  Additional features of the TUTOR system include quantitative evaluation and objective follow up that is important in the physiotherapists treatment of the stroke patient.
The TUTORs are FDA and CE certified. These physical therapy products  are available for children as well as adults. See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for more information.
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