Lower Extremity - Exercise
Physiotherapists help improve the quality of life for spinal cord injury patients by developing exercise programs that are tailored to meet individual patient needs. The process of rehabilitation for these patients is more often long-term and ongoing Physiotherapy can maximize a person’s chance of reaching their own specific goals, such as to restore walking or locomotion to a personal optimal level.
E-LINK excitingly enables exercise to begin even in the acute setting where small flickers of muscular activity are detected in the Lower Extremity. E-LINK also helps the patient progress to actively exercising individual joints against gravity, re-enforcing normal movement patterns that are needed to achieve functional goals.
Once it has been decided to commence an appropriate standing program, E-LINK is invaluable as it combines careful evaluation of the spinal injury patient’s weight bearing balance with an inventive training program that encourages the patient to exercise the Lower Extremity.
E-LINK is an ideal resource for in-patients and can continue as patients attend on an Out-patient basis, monitoring progress over time.
As well as using the Myo-EX for the Upper Extremity, the sensor is ideal to use on the Lower Extremity, enabling exercise to begin where there is very little or even no visible joint movement.
The Myo-EX sensor excitingly detects very small flickers of muscular activity and using surface EMG, provides immediate biofeedback to the patient through the visual movement of objects in the Activity. In order to achieve a good score the patient is encouraged for instance to match colors or hit a football against a wall. In turn the patient is then focusing on a smooth, efficient and co-ordinated movement to achieve the Activity rather than recruiting unnecessary compensatory movements.
- Myo-EX is ideal for knee and ankle exercise
- Biofeedback is immediate providing a high degree of motivation for exercise
- The precision sensor is designed to give superb quality of signal and can detect as little as 3-4 microvolts of electrical activity
- Full scale reaches up to 3000 microvolts for working with the larger quad muscles
- The Myo-EX sensor is quick and easy to apply, with little to no skin preparation, ideal for immediate exercise
Wireless Myo-EX provides additional benefit as, with no wires, it is more user - friendly for patients in wheelchairs. Plus the patient can exercise even at a distance from the Computer, for example, where a larger wall mounted screen may be available to use.