Hope for Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease affecting the Central Nervous System (CNS). Specifically it affects one or more parts of the brain, spinal cord or optic nerve. The original dysfunction is at a cellular level where the neurons that are sent around the brain and body cannot do their job properly because the Myelin sheath protecting their pathways is partially or completely eroded and the underlying fiber is damaged.  Immune cells have attacked the Myelin sheath and therefore the nerve cell cannot transmit signals. Scientists are not sure why, how or from where these cells come.
The symptoms prevalent in an MS patient vary. Not all symptoms occur to every MS patient and several symptoms can be associated with other medical issues aside from MS. However the following are just some of the symptoms that can be attributed to MS.  Loss of balance; limb weakness which makes walking difficult; an onset of paralysis;  footdrop where the foot drags during walking; proprioceptive dysfunction which is a loss of awareness of body parts and cognitive dysfunction.
As unfortunate as these symptoms are there are therapies that can slow down the onset of many, if not all, of them. Using state of the art physical therapy solutions, such as the TUTOR system, experience has shown, that an MS patient can be made more comfortable by arresting the symptoms and improving his general health.
The recently developed HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR have become a key system in neuromuscular rehabilitation and physical therapy for interactive rehabilitation exercises. These innovative devices implement an impairment based program with augmented feedback and encourage motor learning through intensive active exercises. These exercises are challenging and motivating and allow for repetitive training tailored to the patient’s performance. This training is customized by the occupational and physical therapist to ensure that the patient stays motivated to do intensive repetitive manual therapy and exercise practice.
The TUTORs look at motor, sensory and cognitive impairments and they customize treatment for them. By using the LEGTUTOR, for example, the patient controls proprioception as he becomes aware that his leg or lower limb is the one that is functioning. Cognitive dysfunction is  alleviated by the use of these physical therapy products as the patient can first, remember a movement then plan how it is going to be used and finally implementing it.. All of the TUTORs can be used in the same way to accomplish the similar goals.
The TUTORs are being used to provide intensive exercises not only for MS patients but also for those who have had a stroke, a brain or spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease or other upper and lower limb surgery or disability.The TUTORs are now  part of the rehabilitation program of leading U.S. and foreign hospitals where they are used in clinics and in the patient’s home through telerehabilitation. The TUTORs are fully certified by the FDA and CE and available for adults and children from the age of 5 and up.
See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for further information.
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