Disability, Depression and Rehabilitation

Disabilities make it harder to take part in normal daily activities. They may limit what you can do physically or mentally, or they can affect your senses. Disability doesn’t necessarily mean unable, and it isn’t a sickness. Most people with disabilities can – and do – learn, work, play,  and enjoy full healthy lives. Mobility aids and assistive devices can sometimes make all the difference., About one in every five people in the United States has some kind of a disability. Some people are born with a disability. Some get sick or have an accident that results in a disability. Some people develop disabilities as they age. Almost all of us will have a disability at some point.
 Disabilities can lead to depression. Depression is a serious medical illness that involves the brain. Being “down in the dumps” or “blue” for a few days is not what depression is about.   If you are one of the more than 20 million people in the United States who have depression, the feelings do not always go away. They persist and can interfere with your everyday life.
Symptoms can include:
Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy,
Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping,
Change in weight,
Feelings of worthlessness,
Energy loss,  and even
Thoughts of death or suicide
Depression is a disorder of the brain. There are a variety of causes, including environmental, genetic, psychological, and biochemical factors. Depression can start between the ages of 15 and 30, and is much more common in women. Postpartum depression after the birth of a baby can also cause major depression. Some people get an affective disorder in the winter or around the holidays especially if they are separated from family and friends. Depression is one part of bipolar disorder.
There are effective treatments for depression, including antidepressants, talk therapy and physical rehabilitation for a disability. When the disability is a result of a stroke, brain or spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, MS, CP or any other upper or lower limb surgery or disease efforts should be made to employ the most effective physical, solution available. This may encourage the best way to return to the pre event emotional status. One of the most efficient physical therapy products available today is the TUTOR system by MEDITOUCH. The MEDITOUCH rehabilitation system consists of the HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR. These are ergonomic wearable devices together with powerful dedicated rehabilitation software. The system is indicated for patients in rehabilitation centers, private clinics and the home and can be supported by telerehabilitation. It is designed for those that have head, trunk, upper and lower extremity movement dysfunction.
The system consists of motivating and challenging games that allow the patient to practice isolated and/or interjoint coordination exercises. The dedicated software allows the therapist to fully customize the exercises to the patient’s ability. Most important is that the TUTOR system optimizes the patient’s motor, sensory and cognitive performance allowing him to better perform everyday functions again and thereby to reduce depression.
Currently in use in leading U.S. and European hospitals and clinics the TUTORs are fully certified by the FDA and CE.
See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for further information.

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