Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) can have catastrophic effects on individuals resulting in loss of physical abilities and independence. Loss of the ability to perform activities of daily living reduces the quality of life. Furthermore, decreased ability to perform physical activities decreases overall fitness and increases the risk of diseases related to sedentary lifestyle. Activity-based restorative therapies (ABRTs) provide an option to help optimize rehabilitation through the restoration of function and the introduction to physical activities via adapted equipment. Continue Reading »
Articles Tagged: Functional Electrical Stimulation
A man who is at the center of a new project being conducted by researchers from the University of California Irvine is giving hope to people with spinal cord injuries who have lost their ability to move their limbs that they will be able to one day walk again. Paralyzed for five years, an unnamed 26-year old was able to walk on his own with only a harness to help support his weight.
What makes this achievement so groundbreaking is that he was able to move using his own brainwaves without an exoskeleton to hold up his frame. Instead, electrodes were attached directly to his muscles so that he could control them, bypassing his injured spinal cord. Continue Reading »
Mitch Brogan is among those rare few who refuses to take no for an answer.
When doctors told him he would never walk again after suffering a spinal cord injury in 2006 that left him a quadriplegic, Brogan set about to prove them wrong.
Far from willing just to sit in his wheelchair and watch life through the windows, he began pursuing an interest in exoskeleton technology. Continue Reading »
It’s 7:30 a.m. at Magee Riverfront’s Wellness Center and Delano Turnipseed has already broken a sweat on a very unique type of exercise equipment: a seated elliptical machine designed specifically for individuals with leg paralysis. To look at his trim but muscular frame, you would never guess that he once considered himself 60 pounds overweight. A large weight-loss goal like this is typically an uphill battle for a wheelchair user with paraplegia but was no match for Turnipseed’s discipline. Continue Reading »
Promising results in rats address major health problem for paralyzed individuals
Newswise — When individuals suffer a spinal cord injury, paralysis is only a part of the major impact on quality of life. Often they also lose bladder control, which frequently causes infections that can lead to kidney damage. To address this problem, scientists used their groundbreaking spinal stimulation technology to enable spinal cord- injured rats to empty their bladders more fully and in a timelier manner. The promising results achieved in rats represent a significant step towards deployment of this novel approach in humans with paraplegia. Continue Reading »
Life-Changing Therapy Now Available For Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury Patients As MyndTec Launches MyndMove™
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 3, 2014 /CNW/ – MyndTec, an award-winning, Canadian medical technology company announced today the launch of its first commercial product, a revolutionary, new therapy for the treatment of arm and hand paralysis caused by stroke or spinal cord injury. MyndMove™ therapy is based on advanced non-invasive functional electrical stimulation and uses electrical stimulation to create new neural pathways for the recovery of voluntary function following injury to the brain or spinal cord. Continue Reading »
For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to an innovative partnership between The Ohio State Univ. Wexner Medical Center and Battelle.
Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first patient to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control of a paralyzed limb. Burkhart is the first of a potential five participants in a clinical study. Continue Reading »
(CNN) — At her research lab at the University of Louisville, neuroscientist Susan Harkema turned her back to her study subject to check a reading on a computer screen.
“Hey Susie, look at this,” the patient called out to her. “I can move my toe!”
Startled, Harkema spun around. The purpose of her study, which involves sending electrical stimulation to broken spinal cords, was to learn more about nerve pathways, not to actually make patients move.
That must be an involuntary spasm, she thought. She asked the patient, Rob Summers, to lie down and close his eyes and follow her commands.
“Move your left toe,” she said to him — and he did. “Move your right toe,” she asked — and he did.
Holy s***!” she yelled out loud. Continue Reading »
A monkey controlling the hand of its unconscious cage-mate with its thoughts may sound like animal voodoo, but it is a step towards returning movement to people with spinal cord injuries.
The hope is that people who are paralysed could have electrodes implanted in their brains that pick up their intended movements. These electrical signals could then be sent to a prosthetic limb, or directly to the person’s paralysed muscles, bypassing the injury in their spinal cord. Continue Reading »
People who have lost their limbs may no longer fear the prospect of paralysis, if researchers manage to perfect a wireless brain implant.
Research by BrainGate, a program that pools research from several universities, is drawing closer to allowing paralyzed patients use of their limbs through the implant. Continue Reading »