Yoga and Other Rehabilitation Systems for Stroke Patients

J.V. Bastille, PT, MS, RYT a physical therapist and certified Integrative Yoga Therapy teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance, Boudreau Physical Therapy Associates, Keene, N.H. and
K.M. Gill-Body, PT, DPT, MS, NCS, an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Graduate Programs in Physical Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, Mass, and Clinical Associate, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
write in Physical  Therapy, the journal of the American Physical Therapy Association about
Yoga as based on an exercise program specifically for people With chronic poststroke hemiparesis
 It is known that many people who have had a stroke have impaired health status because their level of activity is reduced. The advantages of yoga are that it offers a gentle alternative exercise program that can be  adapted for people who have had a stroke.
Four people with chronic poststroke hemiparesis participated in this single-case study. The results suggest that yoga may be beneficial to people who have had a stroke.
While yoga definitely has its advantages stroke victims can make use of other complementary therapies to augment further rehabilitation to affected limbs. One such physical therapy solution is the TUTOR system. Consisting of the HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR these physical therapy products enable the stroke patient as well as those recovering from brain and spinal cord injuries, MS, CP, Parkinson’s and other upper and lower limb surgeries to get intensive exercise programs through the use of a sophisticated and innovative rehabilitation program. The TUTORs are comfortable ergonomic gloves and braces that are strategically placed on the body. These products have sensors that activate challenging and motivating computer games  allowing the patient to practice isolated and/or interjoint coordinating exercises. The dedicated software allows the therapist to fully customize the program to the patient’s ability. The rehabilitation system optimizes the patient’s motor, sensory and cognitive performance thereby allowing him to better perform every day functional tasks to improve his quality of life.
Currently in use in leading rehabilitation hospitals and clinics in the U.S. and Europe the TUTORs are also available through telerehabilitaion when the patient is discharged from acute care or lives too far away from an appropriate clinic. The TUTORs are fully certified by the FDA and CE and can be used by children as well as adults. See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for more information.
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