Doctor Brings Robotic Device to Patients
Lisa Chamoff, Staff Writer
Updated 12:44 p.m., Monday, January 16, 2012
Since she suffered a stroke in March, Kathy Riordan’s left arm has been paralyzed. During a recent visit to Frederick Nahm, a Greenwich neurologist, Riordan, who lives in New Canaan, felt a jolt of surprise when, with a small movement of her biceps, she was able to bring her arm up to her chest. Riordan, 57, had been fitted with a neurorobotic arm brace that uses sensors to detect even the faintest muscle signals. In people with limited mobility, the device picks up those signals and allows them to move their arm further. The device, called the mPower 1000, was developed by a Cambridge, Mass.-based company called Myomo, which stands for “my own movement” ...docs/greenwich_article.pdf
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For patients who have lost mobility in their arms due to brain injury, stroke, MS or ALS, Myomo Inc. has developed the mPower 1000, a robotic arm brace with surface sensors that facilitates muscle rehabilitation. When combined with innovative software applications and games, the device can to help individuals with partially paralyzed arms regain function at home.
MYOMO HOLDS 2ND CE COURSE
Myomo held its second CE course covering Neuroplasticity in Moderate Stroke and the Role of the Myomo mPower Device on Friday October 27th in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Stephen Page presented to more than 30 attendees, ranging from Physical and Occupational Therapists to hospital and clinic administrators from institutions like Spaulding Rehabilitation, New England Rehabilitation Hospital and Genesis Healthcare.
Here are comments from some of the attendees:
"Overall well done and informative."
"Loved having actual clients to work on - made the information sink in so much better!"
"This course was probably one of the best courses that I have been to! Having actual patients to work with and assess was a very creative way to really understand how Myomo works. The speakers were excellent. This course was excellent! Thank you!"
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"It's changed my life so much. It's given me hope to become normal again," said Estrada
Robotic Arm Helping Stroke Victims Recover
SAN DIEGO -- A local medical center unveiled a device that helps restore arm function and movement to patients paralyzed from a stroke.
Juventino Estrada, 43, suffered a stroke last June, and he has been using the robotic arm during therapy at Palomar Medical Center. The stroke left him unable to move his left arm, as it was in a constant curled position. Just one month after therapy with Myomo, he was able to close his hand and make a fist.
"It's changed my life so much. It's given me hope to become normal again," said Estrada, a husband and father of seven children. more...
In support of Stroke Awareness Month Myomo, Inc. will be attending the May 20, 2011. American Stroke Association Connecticut Stroke Conference being held at the Rocky Hill Marriott in Rocky Hill CT. Please visit our booth to view the Myomo mPower 1000 the neuro-robotic arm brace demonstration. If you would like more information about the mPower 1000 or would like to speak with a Myomo representative please call us at. 1-877-736-9666 or email us at email@example.com
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A newly designed robotic brace makes regaining movement more intuitive and possibly more effective. The best part is that patients can do it at home. "Years of therapy for my arm but never anything like this. It is wonderful," said Charles Hofander. A stroke in 2004 partially paralyzed Hofander's right arm. He says standard therapy wasn't helping much. But soon after strapping on the Myomo simple movements that seemed impossible started to happen. more...
First portable, wearable solution now enhanced with wireless networking, games for health and a connected health platform to keep patients active, involved and motivated
Cambridge, Massachusetts – March 15, 2011 – Myomo, Inc., the developer of solutions for restoring mobility, has launched the Myomo Mobility System, a comprehensive program that helps neurologically impaired people move their arms again, maintain their movement and return to routine daily activities.
The system is based on the new mPower 1000, the next-generation of Myomo's award-winning neuro-robotic arm brace. The system integrates Myomo’s PERL Technique, an evidence-based therapy program; an Android-based Connected Health Platform for tracking progress; and Games For Health for augmented therapy at home. Myomo's neuro-robotic technology has been clinically proven effective in stroke patients from two days to 21 years post-stroke and is used in both clinical and home settings.
"Today's announcement is the first step toward our long term vision to integrate different technologies and treatments that get people moving again, give them hope, and let them be where they want to be -- at home." said Steve Kelly, CEO of Myomo.
The mPower 1000 is a neuro-robotic arm brace that fits like a sleeve on a person's arm. The sleeve has sensors that sit on the skin’s surface and detect even a very faint muscle signal. When the brain sends a signal to the muscle, indicating intention to move, the mPower 1000 provides motorized assistance. The device can be worn as a functional aid, used during exercise to maintain gains or applied as a rehabilitation device that re-teaches arm movement to the brain.
"What I found most intriguing when I first saw the Myomo in action was that it senses the patients' intent to move and then augments that movement as opposed to having an outside stimulus cause the muscle to contract," said Rose Ann Weinstein, founder of Able Place (www.able-place.com), a clinic for physical therapy in Los Angeles. "The Myomo device provides direct feedback to the user reinforcing successful movement strategies. That reinforcement is the key to improving motor function in an affected upper extremity."
The mPower 1000 is based on technology developed at MIT, and is lightweight and portable. It has on-board controls for easy use and built-in Bluetooth capability. The mPower 1000 is cleared by the FDA for use in the home and in clinics. It is intended to increase arm movement affected by neuro-logical conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury (SCI), multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy (CP), muscular dystrophy (MD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The new device will be publicly demonstrated for the first time in April at Alexian Brothers in Chicago and the AOTA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.
Myomo has developed the PERL Technique, a set of research-based treatment plans that integrate the mPower 1000 into therapy programs that aim to increase functional activity. Level I and Level II programs, based on the person’s condition, outline a week-by-week progression of therapy to maximize outcomes.
"The PERL Technique helps people achieve targeted functional gains – pushing, eating, reaching and lifting. As the result of a recent study completed at the University of Cincinnati, we are pleased to have a research-based program that is specific to the Myomo device," said Ela Lewis, EVP, Clinical Services, Myomo.
myProgress is an Android-based Connected Health Platform that tracks and measures progress while using the mPower 1000. It was developed in collaboration with the Quality of Life Technology (QoLT) Center, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center based at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. During each exercise/therapy session, myProgress can capture measurements related to range of motion with and without assistance, number of movements, duration of session, and more. Session data can be trended over time to demonstrate progress and help maintain motivation on therapy compliance. A web based portal enables clinicians to securely track their patient's usage at home.
"The potential impact of these measurements cannot be overstated," said James Osborn, executive director of the QoLT Center. "There is currently little quantitative data captured about movement during post-acute care. Myomo's ability to capture such data across the care continuum could optimize therapists' time with their patients, motivate patients to achieve measurable results and facilitate an evidence-based approach to rehabilitation."
Developed at Northern Ireland's University of Ulster as a result of collaboration between the School of Computing and Information Engineering and the School of Health Science, myGames is a virtual reality-based therapeutic training system. Its objective is to encourage brain injured patients with upper limb motor disorders to practice physical exercises.
Physically-based virtual reality games allow the player to interact with both real and virtual objects in a structured game environment. The system provides physics simulation techniques in therapy which have the potential for therapeutic benefit to motor rehabilitation. A framework for physically-based virtual reality rehabilitation systems consists of functional tasks and game scenarios designed to encourage patients' physical activity in highly motivating, physics-enriched virtual environments where factors such as gravity can be scaled to adapt to individual patient's abilities and performance. "As a standalone product, myGames allows impaired people to have fun while performing repetitive movements that have been clinically proven to promote motor recovery," said Dr Michael McNeill of University of Ulster. "Combining Myomo's neuro-robotics with myGames results in a potentially very effective therapeutic program to increase the ability to perform functional tasks."
Myomo develops solutions that increase mobility for neurologically impaired people. Its mPower m1000 neuro-robotic arm brace helps people with neuro-muscular impairments, regain movement in their arms. The company combines technology developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with rehabilitation professional trained at the best hospitals in the country, to help people patients regain independence.
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