”Do Re Me Fa So La” and Physical Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation medicine combined with music therapy has been around for some time now. It as helped people with all kinds of physical disorders   and even those affected by Rett syndrome. The benefits of adding music, an art, to a physical maneuver is unique and successful.Numerous studies have shown how physical therapy results are enhanced by adding music in the background or having the patient directly involved in creating the music. The music is actually ”instrumental” in physical recovery and health maintenance.

One of the beautiful benefits of using music during physical rehabilitation is that one can witness the active and consistent participation of the patient which is often not the case with standard rehabilitation. The  music itself encourages participation in exercises. It can also relieve the discomfort associated with the activities. It is the goal of regular music therapy to get the participant to express himself through the music so the common goal here is to alleviate symptoms of orthopedic, pediatric and neurological conditions in order to improve range of motion, strength, communication, balance and cognition and generally the quality of life.

Occupational therapists are finding that music therapy assists clients to maximize the patient’s independence in their daily roles.

When accompanying music is used in conjunction with physical rehabilitation it would be the ultimate combination if the  physical therapy products  in use were of the highest quality and most efficient. Such would be the HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR. These recently created devices are comfortable ergonomically designed gloves and braces that are strategically placed on affected limbs and through sensors are connected to sophisticated software. The software consists of exclusively designed games that the patient plays. Physical therapists monitor , record and evaluate the patient’s progress and design a specific exercise program for the patient. The patient himself activates the limb rather than an external robotic device that causes movement. In that way the patient has control and can progress further independently.

The TUTOR system has been in use now for some time in leading U.S. and European hospitals and rehabilitation clinics. The TUTORs are fully certified by the FDA and CE, are available for children as well as adults and can be used at the patient’s home through the use of telerehabilitation.

See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for more information.

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