In this interview with REHACARE.com, CEO David Ram talks about the advantages of robot-assisted rehabilitation, reveals the secret of Tyromotion’s success and explains why this type of therapy will not and doesn’t intend to replace the work of therapists.
Mr. Ram, what are the advantages of robot-assisted therapy in the rehabilitation realm?
David Ram: Robot-assisted therapy offers a variety of applications and a multitude of benefits. Our robot-assisted and sensor-based equipment can be operated by occupational and physical therapists alike and doesn’t take much time to set up, which increases the actual therapy time spent with each patient.
Rehabilitation patients often have big goals but typically only make small progress. Thanks to accurate assessments of the therapy sessions, even the smallest progress becomes visible for patients, which significantly boosts motivation. Integrated therapeutic games also keep patients motivated and encourage them to do more repetitions. The patient’s focus turns away from therapy and to the therapeutic games, which causes pain and limitations to take a back seat, allowing therapy to become more motivating and challenging.
Unlike therapists, robot-assisted therapy devices don’t fatigue and always perform movements with the same intensity and frequency. However, the purpose of these devices is not to replace therapists. Robot-assisted therapy is a valuable addition that supports therapists and enables them to focus more on the patient. Tyromotion provides a complete solution that enables physicians and therapists to take advantage of these benefits and offer their patients effective and reliable therapy concepts. Our devices support therapists in working with their patients in an efficient and motivating manner.
Which patients are best suited for this type of therapy and what has your experience been in terms of implementation into practice/clinical practice?
Ram: Our therapy devices are suited for patients of all ages with a variety of diagnoses including strokes, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and musculoskeletal indications. The combination of proximal and distal treatment approaches offers passive, assistive and active treatment options for upper and lower extremities that cover all degrees of motor impairment (severe, moderate, mild) during all phases of rehabilitation (acute, subacute, chronic). Studies for the acute, subacute and chronic phases, as well as patients with neurological and orthopedic disorders, substantiate the research findings in practical settings. Virtually every patient can use our devices for targeted training of mobility, strength, and cognitive performance to increase independent living skills.
How can rehabilitation measures be individually tailored to patients with Tyromotion products?
Ram: Tyromotion’s "Tyrotherapy" approach puts patients at the center of all rehabilitation measures. That’s why the therapies can be custom-tailored to the patient’s needs, performance level, and situation. This includes ergonomic device settings, adjustments in weight unloading to individual settings for therapy games. In just a few steps, a number of parameters can be adapted to the goals and performance level of the patient to make sure he/she is not overloaded or underchallenged. Our goal is to make therapy challenging yet motivating – and to keep things right at the individual performance limit.