Repetitive task training can help recovery after stroke - National Institute for Health Research.

  • 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

By Lucille Watts 28 Jun, 2017

5th Annual Queen Square Upper Limb Neurorehabilitation Course, London 29th-30th June 2017.

Ectron are pleased to announce it is sponsoring  the 5th Annual Queen Square Upper Limb Neurorehabilitation Course, London 29th-30th June 2017.

5th Annual Queen Square Upper Limb Neurorehabilitation Course: Treating patients with upper limb deficit: Integrating research into practice

The two-day course provides an overview of current research looking at treatment and rehabilitation options for the neurological patient with upper limb deficit. The course aims to assist in the practical real-life translation of scientific evidence into clinical practice and asks - what is it that makes an upper limb therapy effective? Delegates will have the opportunity to trial novel devices and robotic technology.

Course lecturers are from The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, the UCL Institute of Neurology and other renowned institutes in upper limb rehabilitation in neurological patients.

This year the team took delivery of the latest in technology from Tyromotion and have full Tyrosolution including MYRO at the hospital to complete the Upper Limb Suite.   The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery are seeing fantastic results with their patients and continued benefits are often seen for at least 6 months beyond the programme.

For more information about the Tyrosolution for your hospital or clinic please email:

By Lucille Watts 22 Jun, 2017
Ectron recently spent time at SmartTMS and spoke to Dr. Leigh A Neal MD FRCPsych, the Medical Director of SmartTMS, about his experience of MagVita TMS Therapy for the treatment of Depression.  

Dr. Neal has been a Consultant Psychiatrist for over 20 years and has worked in the Armed Forces, the NHS and the Independent Sector. He has been trained and certified in the safe use of MagVita TMS therapy systems by Maastricht University and uses MagVita TMS Therapy System at SmartTMS in London with great success. 

For more information about MagVita TMS therapy systems for your hospital or clinic, please visit our website or call 0117 941 3979 or email:
For more information about Smart TMS please visit their website:  or call 0800 088 6060
By Lucille Watts 12 Jun, 2017
In December 2015, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)  approved rTMS (Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) as an effective and safe method of treating depression for patients in the UK. Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is a treatment which uses pulsing magnetic fields to activate brain centres associated with mood. The treatment has a number of advantages over traditional medication as it is non-invasive. It does not involve surgery, anesthesia or sedation and it does not have the side effects associated with antidepressants. rTMS has also been shown effective in treating migraine, post-natal depression and pain.

The guidelines issued by NICE have not specified or restricted the type of rTMS treatment, which means that practitioners can offer treatment using conventional rTMS – which takes around 40 minutes per session – and/or   theta burst,   which takes around 5 minutes.

Ectron are the UK exclusive distributors of Magventure's rTMS system known as Magvita. This is the only system that has been awarded a CE mark for clinical use.

For more information about TMS for your hospital or clinic please email
TMS is now available at a growing number of both private and NHS clinics across the UK. To find your nearest clinic please follow the link: TMS Clinics

By Lucille Watts 08 Jun, 2017
For more information about MagVita 360 patient management system for your clinic please contact:
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:
For more information about TMS for your Hospital or Clinic please email:
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