Stroke Rehabilitation: ADVANCES


Check out some interesting advanced rehabilitation techniques for the stroke patients.

1) ZERO-G

Zero G is an advanced overground gait and balance training system. It allows patient to safely practice intensive physical therapy early in their rehabilitation. The technology allows therapist to safely train patient through wide range of training activities such as

  • Overground walking
  • Dynamic balance and stability
  • Stair climbing
  • Side stepping
  • Transfer
  • Getting off the floor
  • Postural tasks
  • Treadmill training
  • Using assistive devices.

The training session is highly customized with respect to body weight support, walking speed and fall distance,Therapist can set a “Safe walking speed” for each patient and the machine uses an advanced tracking algorithm to help patient stay at that speed. This allows therapist to control the momentum of the patient,

BENEFITS

Training with Zero G may help to

  1. Increase overground walking speed
  2. Improve balance
  3. Enhance endurance
  4. Reduce lower extremity impairment

Benefit to therapist: Realtime feedback and stores number of falls prevented and maximum body-weight support within each session.

CONDITIONS

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Incomplete spinal cord injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Amputation
  • Orthopaedic injuries

Clinical evidence suggests improvement with the training in acute stroke patients.

CHANGE IN WALKING SPEED PRE AND POST TRAINING

2) BIONESS- FUNCTIONAL ELECTRICAL STIMULATION:

The L300 Plus System stimulates the appropriate nerves and muscles of the upper and lower leg and helps reeducate brain signals, to help restore function in weak or paralyzed muscles.

The difference between the L300 Foot Drop System and the L300 Plus System is the addition of the thigh cuff for a more natural walking pattern and to correct thigh weakness. The leg cuff, combined with the thigh cuff, produce an electrical current to activate and contract specific leg muscles to help control leg and foot movement. This makes it easier to walk with increased speed and improved balance.

This device may be used to reduce impairments and to increase daily functional activities in patients with neurological diseases or injuries. It thus helps to restore activities such as standing,walking, stair climbing.

Assist with reduction in secondary problems of paresis such as

  • poor blood circulation
  • limited range of motion
  • muscle spasm muscle
  • disuse atrophy

All three systems can help certain CNS patients regain natural use and movement, some even to the point of reeducating the brain to relearn natural movements for the following diagnoses: Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury.

Check out a Video Coverage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiyQz5_7MLw&feature=related

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