We are pleased to offer the following equipment that may benefit those who have had a stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and other neurological diseases, like multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.
Lite Gait (Pediatric and Adult)
The Lite Gait is a lift and harness system that supports a patient over a treadmill while they practice walking with a therapist’s assistance. The technique is called “body-weight-supported treadmill training” (BWSTT) or “partial-weight-bearing treadmill.” BWSTT has undergone extensive research in the last two decades and is shown to enhance walking ability for adults and children who suffered specific types of stroke, amputation, spinal cord injury, or bran injury, or who have conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or Down syndrome, and many other mobility impairing diseases. BWSTT can benefit individuals whose walking is severely impaired even years after the disease onset or injury date.
The NeuroMoverTM utilizes both electrical stimulation and biofeedback to improve muscle movement of the arm or leg by providing both visual and sensory feedback. As the individual uses the NeuroMoverTM it monitors their attempt at muscle movement. The individual watches a screen and is provided with visual feedback when muscle movement is achieved. Then, the NeuroMoverTM provides electrical stimulation to facilitate muscle contraction. Through this system the individual learns to control their muscle movement. The sensitivity of the NeuroMoverTM can be adjusted as the ability to control the muscle movement improves.
The SaeboFlex and SaeboReach
The SaeboFlex is a custom-fabricated orthotic used to improve grasp and release. The SaeboFlex places the wrist and fingers in extension. Then due to the support provided by the SaeboFlex, the individual is able to grasp an object by voluntarily flexing his or her fingers. An extension spring system assists in re-opening the hand to release the object. People, up to 20 years after a neurological injury, have been found to benefit from treatment using the SaeboFlex.
Upper extremity function does not stop at the wrist and hand. For many with a hemiparetic arm where the elbow cannot flex and extend, the SaeboReach may be appropriate. The SaeboReach is similar to the SaeboFlex, with a custom-fabricated above the elbow attachment that facilitates use of the elbow during grasping and releasing.
The assessment and fitting of the SaeboFlex or SaeboReach is completed by a Saebo certified therapist.
The Hand MentorTM
The Hand MentorTM is used to help restore range of motion and strengthen muscles of the wrist and hand by facilitating active movement of the wrist and fingers using biofeedback and pneumatic active assistance. The Hand MentorTM has three programs to reduce spasticity, improve motor control and recruit specific muscle groups.
Pressure Mapping is used to determine what type of wheelchair cushion is needed. When skin is pressed between a bony area of the body and a firm surface such as a bed or wheelchair, the pressure can cut off blood circulation to the tissues resulting in a pressure ulcer. Pressure Mapping is a computerized system that uses a sensor pad placed between the body and another surface to produce a color-coded picture showing exactly how much pressure is exerted and where. Different wheelchair cushions then can be tried to determine the best one. Pressure mapping can also be used to determine the best positioning in a wheelchair such as leg rest height, slant of the seating surface, armrest height and special positioning aids.
VitalStim Therapy is the only FDA cleared therapy treatment approach that successfully combines electrical stimulation and traditional swallowing therapy. Electrodes are placed on the muscles of the throat that are involved with swallowing. The electrical stimulation combined with swallowing therapy improves the quality of muscle contraction. This therapy is provided by a VitalStim certified speech language pathologist.
Wii, WiiFit and EyeToy
These three devices provide an interactive therapy experience to address strength, coordination, postural control, balance, weight shift and range of motion through games. Research has shown that multiple repetitions for physical movements are needed to stimulate recovery or the neurological systems. These devices, by virtue of being games, provide much needed motivation and fun to therapy.
Interactive Metronome (IM) allows patients to attempt to match rhythmic beats heard through headphones with repetitive hand and foot movements; it supports the retraining of the brain by helping patients stay focused longer on the actions they are doing and provides auditory and visual feedback in the process. This therapy program can be helpful for individuals who have experienced a range of illnesses or injuries, such as traumatic brain injury or stroke.
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