Rehabilitation as a Way to Improve Quality of Life

Quality of Life

Quality of Life (Photo credit: angrywayne)

A journal article authored by R.T. Abresch etal of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of California, Davis, .
USA discusses how improving quality of life has  been a goal of rehabilitation medicine. However, the problem lies in that health care providers often do not know much about the quality of life of individuals that have neuromuscular diseases (NMD), nor what factors will help them to achieve a good quality of life. This lack of knowledge about subjective quality of life factors can bring negatively influenced expectations and the selection of treatments. In the most obvious cases, a physician’s subjective but incorrect assessment of a disabled individual’s quality of life may prevent the patient from receiving life-sustaining interventions.
As a group, the quality of life of individuals with NMD is not much different than nondisabled controls and is substantially better than presumed by the general public and, often times, by health care workers. Nevertheless, sometimes their quality of life is reduced in certain areas.  Level of disability is not a critical factor that significantly alters life satisfaction, surprisingly. Presumably, this is because physical functioning has been adequately managed.
The greatest problems that individuals with neuromuscular disease identified were: lack of information about the disease and services; poor coordination of services;  a diminished expectation of their potential and negative attitudes. In addition, people with severe disabilities had significant problems  financing, obtaining, and managing personal care attendants. Factors related to a good quality of life were, on the other hand, related to perceived control, perceived health status, but not disability. The more that people could do for themselves, either on their own or with personal care assistants, use of technology, assisstive devices, the better their quality of life.
One of the most comprehensive systems to achieve success in rehabilitative medicine is through the use of the TUTOR physical therapy products the results of which  will achieve an improved quality of life. Nowadays physical and occupational therapists as well as other health care providers are getting to know that the TUTORs can change not only perceptions but actual outcomes of disability related attitudes.
The TUTORs, conisting of the HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR, have been created to allow the patient to conduct intensive exercises in a fun way and to derive satisfaction from his successes. Physical therapists monitor the exercises and design a custom made program for that patient. This allows the patient to derive a sense of accomplishment that he himself  (and not a robot) has produced and will hopefully lead him to a higher level of independence by performing everyday tasks
In addition the TUTORs improve fine motor, sensory and cognitive impairments. The physical therapy products in the form of the TUTORs are ergonomically designed gloves and braces that contain sensors connected to sophisticated software. This software gives the therapist objective and quantitative information on the patient’s functional impairment.
The HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR are the preferred physical therapy solution for rehabilitation for patient’s who have suffered a stroke, brain or spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, CP, MS and other upper or lower limb surgeries.
Currently the TUTORs are being used in leading U.S. and European hospitals and clinics. They are fully certified by the FDA and CE and are available for children as young as 5 and at the patient’s home through the use of telerehabilitation. See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for further information.

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