7 Ways the Amadeo Hand Robot Can Aid Stroke Recovery

  • By Chris Morden
  • 01 Apr, 2016

1. Rehab for all phases of rehabilitation

Some technologies are only effective at certain stages of rehab, such as when the patientnhas some active movement in the fingers or wrist. The Amadeo has programs to provide therapy which is completely passive (no active movement), assisted when some movement is possible and fully interactive, for when movment needs to be refined and practiced.

2. Intensive

The robot has the ability to provide intensive therapy, hundreds of movments can be completed in a single session, upto 10 times the amount completed with existing devices and much greater than hands on therapy. This intensity increases the possibility of reconnecting neural pathways.

3. Fun

Rehab can be very boring and repetitve. This makes motivation to train even harder. By introducing simple therapy games with various difficulty levels, patients focus pay more attention. Young and Older patients can find their therapy is much more immersive.

4. Individual Fingers

The Amadeo does not only open and close the hand, you can control individual fingers. This becomes important as some fingers recover first and need to be controled or restricted to encourage the weaker ones.

5. Cognitive Training

The hand robot has a suite of therapy programs designed to support cognitive training while moving the hands.

6. Measurements

Its difficult to evaluate the hand but the amadeo has assessments for range of movement, force, tone and spasticity. All for the individual fingers

7. Reporting

This data provides the clinician and patients with reports to show progress and encourage training through motivation!

By Lucille Watts 24 May, 2017
Maastricht University European Clinical TMS Certification Course 2018.

London Clinical Certification Course, 14th-16th March 2018 -  New Date Released.

Following the success of the first London Clinical TMS Course in March 2017, Ectron are pleased to announce that the popular course held at Maastricht University will be offered again in London during March 2018.

Researchers, Clinicians, and Academics from Maastricht University provide the renowned three-day European TMS Certification Course to be held in London, UK with a focus on the clinical applications of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
NEW : Now extended to 3 full days to allow extra practical hands-on training. Basic and advanced training options to enable both, basic training for beginners but also advanced training for more experienced participants.

For more information and to book a place, please visit the course website:  http://www.tmscourse.eu/london
For more information about TMS for your Hospital or Clinic please email: tms@ectron.co.uk
By Lucille Watts 22 May, 2017

On the 25th April 2017 the National Institute for Health Research published a report stating repetitive task training can help recovery after stroke.

Following a stroke, people who received repetitive task training showed greater improvements in performing functional tasks, such as picking up a cup, standing up and walking. These improvements were sustained for up to six months.

Disability following stroke is common, affecting around half of all stroke survivors. This NIHR-funded review of over thirty trials found that repetitive task training provided small gains in arm and leg function, balance and walking distance (about 35 metres).

We do not yet know the optimum number of sessions, or the ideal duration or intensity. However, it is a versatile and relatively easy intervention which can be delivered by physiotherapists/occupational therapists in groups, individually, in hospital, in the community or at home. Depending on the nature of the exercise, there is also potential for people to continue to practice on their own or with carer support.

This review shows that it can help people to improve functionality and mobility  .

To read more please follow the link to the full article  https://discover.dc.nihr.ac.uk/portal/article/4000640/repetitive-task-training-can-help-recovery-aft...

By Lucille Watts 18 May, 2017
MagVenture are looking forward to a busy week at the Clinical TMS Society (18-19th May) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting (20th-24th May) in San Diego, USA. 

The Annual meeting of the Clinical TMS Society provides an unique opportunity to connect at an international gathering of TMS providers and researchers set alongside both the American Psychiatric Association and International Society for ECT and Neuromodulation meetings. 

If you are in San Diego, come and along and meet the MagVenture Team.

For more information about TMS for your hospital or clinic, please email tms@ectron.co.uk

By Lucille Watts 24 Apr, 2017
In January 2017 Oxleas NHS launched it's rTMS service for patients with a diagnosis of treatment resistant depression. This is a new treatment, included in the NICE guidelines in 2016, for both depression and migraine treatment. At this time, Oxleas NHS are able to provide this treatment for people with depression who are under their secondary mental health services and therefore residents of Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich. The team have already seen some positive results in patients.

Oxleas NHS are able to provide both rTMS and ECT to patients out of borough who have funding in place (approved by a local CCG or referred from a Private Psychiatrist or medical insurance scheme). The services are based within new purpose-built premises in the Woodlands Unit at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup, Kent. The team is led by Dr Rafael Euba, ECT Consultant and an expert in delivering rTMS.

For more information please follow the link:  http://oxleas.nhs.uk/services/service/ect-and-rtms-services/
By Lucille Watts 31 Mar, 2017
Ectron were incredibly please with the turnout for Leicestershire Partnership Trusts TMS Symposium at the Bradgate Mental Health Unit on the  Wednesday 29th March 2017. The symposium was attended by over forty psychiatry and healthcare professionals from all over Leicestershire area who had an interest in learning about the benefits of TMS.

Dr Claus Mathieson presented a practical 'hands-on session' with MagVenture's MagVita TMS Therapy System which is currently the only system that carries the CE Mark for Clinical use in the UK.

The feedback from all the attendees was extremely positive. If you would like Ectron to support a TMS Symposium for your NHS Trust, please email lucille@ectron.co.uk
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