Highly sensitive Myo-EX sensors use surface EMG for inspiring exercise, beginning from when there is the tiniest flicker of voluntary muscle activity, with or without visible joint movement.
The same sensors can be used throughout the full spectrum of muscular activity and rehabilitation, even to that of the professional athlete.
As soon as there is the smallest flicker of voluntary muscle control returning, ingenious Myo-EX sensors use surface EMG to detect the tiniest electrical activity, enabling exercise to begin even when there is very little or no visible joint movement.
Myo-EX is extremely useful for tendon transfers and radial nerve injuries in hand therapy or for patients in the acute phase of stroke recovery.
M600 Exercise Kit - Mini Case History #1
From the Therapist in a Community Hospital
"I would like to take this opportunity to tell you of one of our very satisfied users of E-LINK, in particular the Myo-EX. Mr S is a 22 year old who we saw following TBI. He was previously very fit and active. He utilised a wide base of support and flexed posture for stability in sitting and during mobility. He struggled to raise his eyes from the ground due to his posture. Cognitively he struggled with insight and awareness and had a very poor short term memory, therapy sessions had little carry over, particularly if the exercises were not in a functional context. However in functional activities his alignment and tone were far from ideal and he struggled with verbal or hands on direction to improve this mid task. He agreed to trial the E-LINK.
Our aim was to improve postural awareness and work on scapula setting. Within 10 minutes the visual feedback he received from the system enabled him to activate consistently and achieve both active pelvic tilt and scapula retraction. We moved forwards until we were using the Myo-EX on Posterior Deltoid alongside a light hand weight whilst seated on a gym ball. This contributed significantly towards narrowing his base of support when mobilising. Most importantly to him he felt like he was 'exercising' rather than 'receiving therapy', a bit step towards him returning to the gym.
Not only this, due to the gradable nature of the E-LINK games we were able to address a variety of perceptual and cognitive skills, (most significantly for him, scanning and processing speed), without paper based exercises or therapy games, to which he objected.
He is not alone in benefitting from the Myo-EX for scapula setting. It remains our most successful method of raising awareness in scapula control, we can achieve more in 1 session than in several sessions using alternative methods."
The new wireless Myo-EX sensor is simply and speedily placed over the muscle to be exercised and data is immediately transmitted directly to the computer via the wireless Dongle. As the patient is no longer tethered to an interface unit the wireless Myo-EX provides full freedom of movement for exercise, even at some distance from the work station, especially if a large monitor is used. This is particularly beneficial for shoulder and lower limb exercise.
M600 Exercise Kit - Mini Case History #2
From the Clinical Specialist in a Major Stroke Rehabilitation Unit
"I have been using the Myo-EX with a young chap with an undefined neuropathy. He had a stroke in 2007, regained his function, but remained aphasic and only had the use of his left hand. After becoming severely ill in January this year, he lost the power in the remainder of his body and was completely dependent.
Recovery was minimal, and work between February and May saw an improvement in his left shoulder and elbow with a very slight wrist improvement. However, after one session with the Myo-EX, a significant improvement was visible and he was very pleased. He was able to stabilise his wrist to a greater degree than anytime previous. Now, strength rarely appears miraculously, and what I think happened is that the Myo-EX taught him to find and isolate the movement in one session, and made him stop recruiting unnecessary movements of shoulder and wrist. It was a great result in a very short space of time and we continue the sessions."
The immediate visual feedback from the moving objects in the Activity helps the patient know when they are actually activating the muscle. Normal movement patterns are subsequently encouraged as the patient focuses on smooth, efficient and co-ordinated motor control in order to succeed in the activity. As the patient's attention is drawn to a normal movement pattern, unnecessary compensatory movements are thereby discouraged.
Where there is active joint movement, AngleX sensors encourage focused exercise against gravity for small DIP joints through to the larger joints of the upper and lower extremities.
Where there is some joint movement but not yet sufficient to grasp or move other devices, AngleX is the ideal tool to use. The new innovative wireless AngleX sensors are easily attached to the skin, close to the joint to be exercised and communicate data direct to the Computer via the Dongle.
M600 Exercise Kit - Mini Case History #3
From the Clinician in a Hospital Hand Therapy Unit
“This lady developed a neuropathy while pregnant after having Swine Flu. Her baby was delivered while she was in a coma for a further month. At first she was without any movement on the left side. On our last assessment she had 100% ROM and 90% strength.”
From the Patient
“To the occupational therapy team - I would like to say thank you all in the part you have played in my recovery. I am the first to admit that when I first heard of occupational therapy and the Biometrics Ltd machine I was wondering how it would work. Now I want to shout to the whole world about how much I have improved. I put my movement improvement largely down to the Biometrics Ltd programme I have been on and the way the occupational therapists have guided me through each week even if I was scared to start with. Thank you all again for helping me to improve my movement and help me lead an almost normal life and most of all be a mother to my baby.”
AngleX is very beneficial for a variety of clinical areas needing a tool for focused exercise - from hand therapy clinics to Stoke, Neuro and Spinal Injury Units. AngleX sensors are also perfect to use with patients of all ages.
M600 Exercise Kit - Mini Case History #4
From the Clinician in a Hospital Hand Therapy Unit
“We have been seeing a man with CIDP (Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy). The treatment this man receives is infusions of immunoglobulin which involves hospital admission for 3-5 days to complete every few weeks.
Using E-LINK, the occupational therapists have managed to track the peaks and lows in strength and agility pre and post these infusions. The patient uses this data with his consultant in order to judge dosage and or frequency of treatment correctly. The patient has found this very valuable for the past 3 years.”
Combined with the Myo-EX or AngleX, E-LINK Activities provide gradable exercise for all age groups throughout the full rehabilitation process, encouraging muscle strengthening and restoration of normal movement patterns.
The Activities incorporate a fun element into the therapy session, maximizing the patient's motivation and tolerance to exercise.
M600 Exercise Kit - Mini Case History #5
From the Clinical Specialist in a General Hospital Hand Therapy Unit
“It was good to read the interesting clinical experience you included. I had a smaller scale discovery moment with a patient yesterday too. A relatively routine thumb proximal phalangeal fracture with tendon adhesions reducing the end ranges of movement and my plan was to strengthen and improve the maximum ranges of the MCP and IP joints.
However, my patient could do quite well with the hard work at the ends of range but we discovered together that her main problem is actually more the subtle control of her mid range. I am not sure any other treatment method would have discovered this element of the problem and it has taken us in a new treatment direction.”