The NeuroGym® Technologies line of training and movement enabling tools were originally developed by a physical therapist to make motor rehabilitation more effective, safe and practical. The development of the tools was based upon basic scientific research in the movement sciences, neuroscience and physiology of exercise. Principles of brain plasticity (the ability of the injured brain to re-learn) as well as advances in the understanding of motor skill acquisition and the capacity of the human body to respond to exercise, even at an advanced age, all underlie the effectiveness of the NeuroGym mobility enablers.
University of Cincinnati study using Sit-to-Stand Trainer in Chronic Stroke
The Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy (Dec 2011) published a case study on some impressive results using the NeuroGym Sit-to-Stand Trainer. This case study from the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Cincinnati used the Sit-to-Stand Trainer to improve the sit-to-stand ability of stroke patients and illustrated, as well, the potential positive transfer to gait abilities.
Study of games-based balance biofeedback with the NeuroGym Trainer
The journal Aging Clinical and Experimental Research published a study about the positive effects in older adults of balance training with the NeuroGym Trainer. Seniors improved both stability and automaticity while stabilizing – key elements in falls prevention.
Study in Long Term Care of Sit-to-Stand Training
The ability to stand from a sitting position is fundamental to functional mobility and ADLs – it is a major factor in the level of dependence and health complications for people in long term care. In a new case study, a 12 week training program, consisting of enabled standing and squatting and games-based biofeedback training, was given to 11 long term care residents (average age of 87.4 years) each of whom required assistance for the sit-to-stand movement in their ADLs. Preliminary results are encouraging.
Incorporating new evidence-based recommendations into current practice is a challenge facing rehabilitation professionals and long term care facility owners responsible for providing for the physical needs of their clients/residents. This application note provides the evidence-base for a line of practical tools and movement enablers designed for today’s rehabilitation setting.