Is the Fountain Of Youth Obsolete?
After a stroke, it can take years for a patient to complete physical therapy, often with limited results. A new therapy using computer games and a specially designed glove has proven more successful at rehabilitating hand muscles than traditional therapy.
For those stroke patients suffering from spasticity, there's a new device called a vertical vertibular table that literally shakes a patient while he or she lies on it, taking advantage of the anecdotal evidence that people with spasticity move better after activities causing the body to move up and down, like horseback riding and boating.
Physical therapists used to measuring spasticity with the Ashworth Scale, a subjective method requiring the therapist to judge how hard a patient can push a given set of muscles, will be interested to learn of the brand new pendulum knee drop measuring system. It uses a mathematical equation and sensors on the leg to objectively measure spasticity.Heart healthiness and remote outpatient monitoring via television are also included in this research roundup, appearing in the latest issue of NJIT Magazine, the magazine of New Jersey Institute of Technology.
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