As discussed in my previous article (see ‘Product review- ableX and ableM’), upper limb rehab in people with stroke and other neurological conditions is inadequate. Clients and clinicians tend to spend most of their rehab time on walking and other functional goals.
We need to remember how important the upper limb is to our function. Think of all the things you need one or both arms for: ….. Writing, using a knife and fork, washing yourself, tying shoelaces, dressing, driving, opening jars and doors, doing buttons and zippers, hanging out the washing, getting money out of your wallet, and the list goes on……
Computer and gaming technology is becoming more and more popular in upper limb rehabilitation for people with stroke and other neurological conditions. It has the ability to provide fun, engaging, empowering exercise at an amount that is intense enough to drive change.
The Saebo Rejoyce is a computerised upper limb training system used for people with neurological and orthopaedic conditions who have impaired upper limb function. It is one of few gaming systems that provide opportunity for repetitive practice of both gross and fine motor tasks. Functional tasks it can simulate include opening doors, opening jars, grasping and turning a cup, turning a key, and manipulating coins and other small objects. It incorporates all planes of movement and various patterns of grasps, including cylindrical, power, spherical, tripod, palmar, key and tip-to-tip. All this in the context of fun, task-oriented and motivating games!
Arm and hand function can be assessed and tracked using the Arm Hand Function Test, which involves a set of standardised objective tests. Progress reports can be saved and printed.
Advance Rehab Centre is one of few facilities in Australia to own a Saebo Rejoyce. Feedback from both clinicians and clients at the centre is so far positive, describing that it is highly addictive and engaging! Clients have reported that the simulation of real life tasks clearly demonstrates the purpose of the therapy. Clinicians at ARC have reported that it promotes clients to perform large numbers of repetitions without them even realising.
Do you have a neurological condition where your arm has been affected and you want to explore your potential for improvement? Come and try the Saebo Rejoyce and other gaming devices at ARC, either individually, in a group setting or as part of our 2 week intense upper limb bootcamp ‘Hands Up’. These devices are guaranteed to put the fun in upper limb therapy!
Call Advance Rehab Centre on 9906 7777 to book an appointment .