Latest Technology To Improve Motor And Cognitive Skills In TBI Patients

Posted on February 22, 2022

The most advanced and effective devices for motor rehabilitation of the upper limbs and neurocognitive recovery help patients reintegrate into daily life. Gloreha devices are versatile solutions for supporting rehabilitation specialists worldwide in hospitals and rehab centers.

The many opportunities provided by Gloreha devices combine to offer patients with engaging and motivating therapy. These devices are frequently indicated in treating sub-acute and chronic motor and/or motor deficits that occur in TBI, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Cord Injury, and Parkinson’s disease patients, neuropathies, and patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Some techniques employed are interacting with real objects, hand and upper limb treatment, and serious cognitive and motor games.  

Here are some devices and their applications:

Maestro: This hand mobilization device is transportable to the bedside and used on bedridden patients. In the early phase of treatment, the patient has no residual active movement and later can support holding and gripping real objects.

Crescendo: An extremely versatile device for patients with neurological and orthopedic insufficiencies. It is an integrated solution for motor training of hand, wrist, and fingers and recovery of complex functional gestures.

AIDA: Next-generation device based on eye-tracking for early-stage neurocognitive learning and rehabilitation. An infrared eye-tracker reads the eye movement and interprets the patient’s choice in response to the stimuli. 

Sinfonia: Equipped with a robotic glove, Sinfonia employs the most cutting-edge technology for functional hand rehabilitation. The glove helps mobilize fingers, perform bimanual mirror training and detect the patient’s active movements.  

ARIA: This sensor-based device offers cognitive exercises and interactive games that focus on free wrist and arm and hand movements. The interactive cognitive stimulation exercises help with selective and divided attention, visual-spatial exploration skills, and memory. Aria offers exercises inspired by activities and tests related to neuropsychological treatment. 

Concerto: This device was designed to provide technological solutions and guarantee patients’ continuation of active rehab treatment of the upper limb when discharged from the hospital. Patients can carry out rehabilitation sessions from home with remote control by a clinical specialist.  

Clinical benefits

  • Improvement and maintenance of the joint range
  • Proprioceptive stimulation
  • Improvement of attentive and visual-spatial skills
  • Increase in functional independence
  • Reduction of pain, hypertonia, and edema 
  • Increase in agility and coordination 
  • Prevention of contractures, adhesions, and immobilization damages
  • Improvement of lymphatic and blood circulation and joint metabolism, 
  • Maintenance of body perception and functional skills 
  • Increase in pinch and grip strength

Hand rehabilitation program by these devices provides a repetitive, task-oriented, intensive and customizable treatment. The exercises are designed to enhance neuroplasticity due to audiovisual and neuro-motor feedback. The action-observation system triggers the patient’s multiple senses and enables them to re-learn impaired motor and cognitive skills. 

These devices can be used at various stages of the recovery process, from early on to when the patient is discharged. Using these devices, patients can carry out their activities of daily living in an improved manner. The biggest advantage is remote monitoring to continue the neuro-cognitive recovery process at home. 

The association of robotic therapy with traditional rehabilitation-based physiotherapy and occupational therapy can provide better and more intensive sessions that can substantially improve the outcome of treatment.