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InMotion Arm at the Transitional Learning Center, Galveston Texas

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InMotion ARM – a New Generation!

InMotion Interactive Therapy enables clinicians to efficiently deliver intensive motor therapy to help patients regain motor function following a neurological condition or injury.  This new generation InMotion ARM is an evidence-based neurorehabilitation technology that provides patients with real-time Assistance-as-Needed™. The InMotion ARM quietly monitors the patient’s movements during therapy while it gently assists where needed to help them complete various motor therapy activities.

The InMotion Robots are used for neurorehabilitation in over 20 countries, including the United States. Extensive research has shown InMotion robots to be effective for wide range of motor impairments including: Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, hemiplegic shoulder pain and muscle spasticity.

For more information, or to schedule an on-site demonstration of the New Generation InMotion ARM, please email us at info@bioniklabs.com or call our U.S. office at (617) 926-4800.

IMG_0246b-homeInMotion ARM is here to help!

  • Task-specific training
  • No active patient movement required
  • Fast and efficient setup
  • Easy-to-Learn / Easy-to-Use
  • Evidence-based treatment protocols
  • Over 1,000 movements per session

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Neurorehabilitation Simplified

Tailor motor therapy to the patient’s needs with adaptive therapy protocols and easy-to-use InMotion Software™:

  • Simple menus
  • Streamlined workflow
  • Easy report generation

Designed for Efficiency

  • 40% smaller footprint than the previous generation InMotion ARM
  • Wireless report printing – no cables crossing the floor!
  • Easy patient start-up, easy to clean and easy to shut-down when done for the day

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[BLOG POST] Tyromotion Introduces Virtual Reality to Robotic Therapy to Facilitate Stroke Recovery

Rehabilitation technology leader Tyromotion has developed a rehabilitation device that combines virtual reality with robotic therapy to make stroke rehabilitation faster and more efficient.

Tyromotion has created a rehabilitation device that uses a bilateral 3D arm robot and virtual reality glasses to fully immerse stroke patients in virtual worlds where both the visual and physical environments can be shaped. The device is designed to help patients with limited arm function perform daily tasks by challenging and encouraging them to increase their range of motion and the number of repetitions during their therapy sessions. Both these elements are vital to motor learning.

The introduction of virtual reality into therapy delivers a 3D training environment that can be adapted to each individual patient’s abilities. The virtual setting has a gaming element to it, which helps motivate patients to keep repeating their exercises.

Tyromotion’s device is currently being tested by leading rehabilitation facilities in Europe and the United States. The initial reports from therapists and doctors have been very positive, indicating that the new approach to therapy has a strong potential to transform it by increasing patient motivation and making therapy programs more cost effective across the board.

Diego, the robot-assisted arm rehabilitation device used to deliver VR therapy, is the world’s most versatile arm-shoulder rehabilitation device, one that combines robotics with intelligent gravity compensation (IGC) and virtual reality to help patients regain lost arm function. The device offers passive, active and assistive, uni- and bilateral applications that are easily adapted to meet the needs of each patient.

The gravity compensation feature makes heavy arms lighter, allowing physiological movement of the arms in every phase of rehabilitation. The device gives patients more room and more freedom to move and is particularly well suited for task-oriented training with real objects.

Diego offers a versatile range of therapy options with interactive therapy modules that provide haptic and audiovisual feedback, immersing patients in motion in the virtual environment. The therapy modules have different levels of difficulty, which motivates patients to keep making progress. Their progress is then recorded to make their achievements visible.

Diego is suitable for patients of all ages and can be used in all phases of arm rehabilitation. Watch the video below to learn more about its features and benefits.

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Source: Tyromotion Introduces Virtual Reality to Robotic Therapy to Facilitate Stroke Recovery | Fitness Gaming

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[ARTICLE] The Recovery of Complicated Upper Limbs Movement Functions of Poststroke Patients – Full Text PDF

Abstract: In chronic stage of stroke, it is necessary to pay attention to the complex spatial movements training along with the traditional restoration of balance, strength of particular muscles, and paretic limb joints mobility. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of robotic therapy in the recovery of upper limb function in the chronic stage of stroke. The study involved 52 patients with ischemic stroke in the middle cerebral artery. The patients were divided randomly into 2 groups. All patients (5 days/wk × 3 wk) got gymnastics by the standard technique, massage, laser, and pulsed currents therapy. Main group patients (n = 36) extra received complex spatial movements, speed, fluidity, precision and agility training by the robotic electromechanical device Multi Joint System (MJS) (40 minutes, 5 days/wk × 3 wk). Analysis of the results of the study showed a statistically significant difference in improving ROM of the elbow and shoulder joints, speed and accuracy of movement in the main group compared with the control. Hardware recovery of complex spatial upper limb movements in the chronic stage of stroke increases the functionality and independence of the patient’s domestic skills.

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[ARTICLE] Evaluation of the effects of the Arm Light Exoskeleton on movement execution and muscle activities: a pilot study on healthy subjects – Full Text

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Background

Exoskeletons for lower and upper extremities have been introduced in neurorehabilitation because they can guide the patient’s limb following its anatomy, covering many degrees of freedom and most of its natural workspace, and allowing the control of the articular joints. The aims of this study were to evaluate the possible use of a novel exoskeleton, the Arm Light Exoskeleton (ALEx), for robot-aided neurorehabilitation and to investigate the effects of some rehabilitative strategies adopted in robot-assisted training.

Methods

We studied movement execution and muscle activities of 16 upper limb muscles in six healthy subjects, focusing on end-effector and joint kinematics, muscle synergies, and spinal maps. The subjects performed three dimensional point-to-point reaching movements, without and with the exoskeleton in different assistive modalities and control strategies.

Results

The results showed that ALEx supported the upper limb in all modalities and control strategies: it reduced the muscular activity of the shoulder’s abductors and it increased the activity of the elbow flexors. The different assistive modalities favored kinematics and muscle coordination similar to natural movements, but the muscle activity during the movements assisted by the exoskeleton was reduced with respect to the movements actively performed by the subjects. Moreover, natural trajectories recorded from the movements actively performed by the subjects seemed to promote an activity of muscles and spinal circuitries more similar to the natural one.

Conclusions

The preliminary analysis on healthy subjects supported the use of ALEx for post-stroke upper limb robotic assisted rehabilitation, and it provided clues on the effects of different rehabilitative strategies on movement and muscle coordination.

Fig. 2 The experimental setup. a The experimental setup for free reaching movements. b The experimental setup for the conditions with the exoskeleton

Background

In 2010, 8.2 million of people in Europe were affected by a stroke, with a total cost of about 64 billion euro per year [1]. With the increasing of life duration, it is expected that the stroke related disabilities in western societies would be ranked to the fourth most important causes of disability in 2030 [2]. Impairments in reaching movements occur in about two-thirds of stroke survivors: upper limb functions are altered in the 73–88 % of first time stroke survivors, and in the 55–75 % of chronic post-stroke patients [3, 4]. Indeed, in most of the cases post-stroke subjects remain unable to use their paretic limb to execute even basic actions, losing their independence in carrying out the everyday activities.

Rehabilitation has the ultimate outcome to reintroduce the patient as an active participating member in the society [5]. Rehabilitative interventions based on task-oriented repetitive movements have showed to improve muscle strength and movement coordination in patients with neurological impairments [6, 7], pointing out how intensive rehabilitation can have long-term benefits in patients with moderate-to-severe impairment, even years after a stroke [8]. For the above reasons, in the last decades, robotic-based rehabilitation, which allows improving the intensity and the repeatability of the rehabilitative treatment, has become very widespread. Indeed, robots can both provide quantitative measures of motor performances for the assessment of motor improvement [9] and precisely control the execution of complex motor tasks [10], producing measured levels of assistance or precise repeatable force patterns [11], and allowing the design of rehabilitative interventions that continuously challenge the patient’s neuromuscular system [12]…

Continue —>  Evaluation of the effects of the Arm Light Exoskeleton on movement execution and muscle activities: a pilot study on healthy subjects | Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation | Full Text

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[ARTICLE] Robotic therapy for chronic stroke: general recovery of impairment or improved task-specific skill?

Abstract

There is a great need to develop new approaches for rehabilitation of the upper limb after stroke. Robotic therapy is a promising form of neurorehabilitation that can be delivered in more intensive regimens than conventional therapy.

Here we sought to determine whether the reported effects of robotic therapy, which have been based on clinical measures of impairment and function, are accompanied by improved motor control.

Patients with chronic hemiparesis were trained for three weeks, 3 days a week, with titrated assistive robotic therapy in two and three dimensions. Motor control improvements (i.e., skill) in both arms were assessed with a separate untrained visually guided reaching task. We devised a novel PCA-based analysis of arm trajectories that is sensitive to changes in the quality of entire movement trajectories without needing to pre-specify particular kinematic features.

Robotic therapy led to skill improvements in the contralesional arm. These changes were not accompanied by changes in clinical measures of impairment or function. There are two possible interpretations of these results. One is that robotic therapy only leads to small task-specific improvements in motor control via normal skill learning mechanisms. The other is that kinematic assays are more sensitive than clinical measures to a small general improvement in motor control.

via Robotic therapy for chronic stroke: general recovery of impairment or improved task-specific skill? | Journal of Neurophysiology.

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[WEB SITE] Tyrostation Offers Versatile Range of Therapy Options | Fitness Gaming

Tyrostation is a rehabilitation system that combines two advanced therapy tools developed by the Austrian company Tyromotion: the Pablo System and the Tymo Therapy Plate.

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Tyrostation is an advanced, adjustable rehabilitation solution that combines the Pablo System and the Tymo Therapy Plate, two sophisticated therapy tools developed by Tyromotion. The Pablo System helps treat neurological and orthopedic motor deficits and can be used both at hospitals and clinics and at home. The system offers motivating therapy modules for hand and arm rehabilitation. It is suitable both for children and adults.

Pablo uses a sensor handle that can measure range of movement and forces for different kinds of grips. The Pablo Multiball helps improve motion of the forearm and wrist, while the Multiboard trains the joints of the affected limbs. The software available with the Pablo System offers both a range of interactive therapy games for patients and reporting features for therapists.

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The Tymo Therapy Plate is a versatile solution that offers rehabilitation for the whole body. It can help patients improve postural control and balance, as well as employment of force of the upper limbs. The system has a wide range of applications and provides therapists with an endless range of options. Like Pablo, Tymo can be used both in clinical settings and at home and is suitable for all age groups.

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The Tyrostation stationary unit is a practical solution for therapy as it creates space in the room and places all the units – Pablo pads and belts and the lateral trays for the Tymo 2D and 3D rolling elements – within the patient’s reach. The unit’s height can be adjusted to individual patients and is suitable for patients in wheelchairs.

The Tyrostation was developed by Tyromotion, an Austrian company that specialises in manufacturing and distributing robot and computer-assisted units for the rehabilitation sector. Based in Graz, the company uses powerful mechatronic systems for rehabilitation to develop innovative solutions and technologies that help physical therapists and other healthcare providers successfully guide patients through various rehabilitation programs. In addition to speeding up recovery, Tyromotion’s solutions deliver exercises in a more motivating way than traditional therapy. The company’s therapy units are used in clinics and rehabilitation centres around the world.

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